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NBH Race Report, 27th Dec 2021 – 2nd Jan 2022

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The Harriers saw out the old year and ushered in the new by doing what they do best: racing.

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Tues 28th Dec 2021:        Castlewellan Christmas Cracker

Those familiar with this race will know that it has two unique selling points. Firstly, you have to run with a partner and you are only ever as good as your other half. Secondly, and perhaps more uniquely only a select few know the course in advance and they are sworn to secrecy. This is unusual in that most of us go to a race knowing what to expect in terms of distance, terrain and elevation: not so with this one! The only information is that it begins and ends in Castlewellan and it is between 8.5 and 9 miles.

That didn’t stop the Harriers having fun (or not!)

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Position Barcode Runner 1 Runner 1 Club Runner 2 Runner 2 Club Finish Time
4 510 David McNeilly Newcastle and District AC* Gareth Lyons North Belfast Harriers* 01:00:30
44 677 Michael Sinton Lisburn Triathlon Club Paul Hutchinson North Belfast Harriers* 01:08:27
58 304 Timothy Johnston Mourne Runners* Martsje Hell North Belfast Harriers* 01:10:07
185 26 Ryan Armstrong North Belfast Harriers* Ray Cameron North Belfast Harriers* 01:23:20
284 731 Stephen Walker North Belfast Harriers* Paul Williams North Belfast Harriers* 01:32:57
286 22 Gerry Anderson North Belfast Harriers* Chris Callaghan North Belfast Harriers* 01:33:03
303 414 Peter McClelland North Belfast Harriers* Trevor Martin Unattached 01:34:01
367 404 Ita McCambridge North Belfast Harriers* Paddy McCambridge North Belfast Harriers* 01:38:05
374 403 Catriona McCambridge North Belfast Harriers* Orla McCambridge North Belfast Harriers* 01:38:42
528 298 Fergus Jamison North Belfast Harriers* Lorraine Hibbert North Belfast Harriers* 01:57:45

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Fri 30th Dec, Sat 31st Dec 2021:    EAMS New Year Back 2 Back 2021

The traditional EAMS B2B event returned in 2021 and attracted regulars and newcomers alike. Taking place on the last 2 days of the year, runners had options for 10k, half marathon or marathon on each day.

Day 1: Carrickfergus Castle to Gideon’s Green

The route took runners around the marina, and via the Belfast Road and the Loughshore path to the turn point at Gideon’s Green. Two complete loops made up the marathon distance. Conditions were unseasonably mild and the outbound headwind became a nice tailwind on the return to Carrick. Greg McClure represented the harriers, completing the marathon distance in 3:53:58.

Day 2: Greenisland

Conditions were again mild for the tough Greenisland route on New Year’s Eve. The route comprised the 6.5m loop familiar to EAMS regulars, via Upper Road, Monkstown Road & Wood, the Shore Road and Greenisland Station Road, with the marathon runners completing the loop 4 times with the extra 0.22m added on at the start. Greg McClure again tackled the marathon distance, completing in 4:08:13.

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Photo credits: Dermot Boyd / Dawn McClure

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Sat 1st Jan 2022:                Race over the Glens

Eleven members of North Belfast Harriers got the New Year off to a good start by competing in the six mile Race over the Glens. This iconic race took the athletes around the Glenariff Forest Park deep in the Glens of Antrim.

Organised by Ballymena Runners, proceeds went to Air Ambulance NI.

Martsje Hell was crowned Queen of the Glen by being the first female to cross the line. Well done Martsje.

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Race Rank Class Rank No Name Club Sex Class Chip Time Gun Time
14 3 336 Simon Reeve North Belfast Harriers M MV 45-49 00:41:26 00:41:30
17 5 77 Martin Rea North Belfast Harriers M MV 45-49 00:41:42 00:41:46
20 7 40 Arran Rutledge North Belfast Harriers M MV 45-49 00:42:05 00:42:09
42 1 384 Martsje Hell North Belfast Harriers F Female Open 00:45:03 00:45:06
67 6 282 Natasha Henderson North Belfast Harriers F Female Open 00:47:34 00:47:38
87 8 436 Ciaran Sloan North Belfast Harriers M MV 35-39 00:49:04 00:49:17
92 24 111 Peter Reed North Belfast Harriers M Male Open 00:49:27 00:49:31
123 9 199 Fionnuala O’Hare North Belfast Harriers F Female Open 00:51:21 00:51:34
130 2 298 Helen F Weir North Belfast Harriers F FV 50-54 00:51:43 00:51:56
183 21 30 Peter McClelland North Belfast Harriers M MV 35-39 00:54:59 00:55:22
241 25 91 David Hurst North Belfast Harriers M MV 35-39 00:58:36 00:59:00

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Sat 1st Jan 2022 PARKRUNS

A total of 44 North Belfast Harriers took part in 15 parkruns this week.

Well done to Mark McKINSTRY on finishing first at Orangefield parkrun.

Congratulations to Alex REID, Matthew CARLETON and Sandy CARR, on achieving PBs this week.

Well done to everybody who took park in this week’s parkruns and a big thank you to the army of volunteers.

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South Manchester parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
92 Ray CAMERON 00:25:18
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Belfast Victoria parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
4 Conor O’RAWE 00:17:03
9 John McGUIGAN 00:18:00
11 Max REID 00:18:11
22 David CURRAN 00:19:15
44 Alex REID 00:21:34 New PB
50 Matthew CARLETON 00:22:18 New PB
105 Senan STEELE 00:26:56
108 Lyle CARLETON 00:27:08
114 Joe WILSON 00:27:51
121 Heather WILSON 00:28:27
143 Sé STEELE 00:31:26
144 Oisin STEELE 00:31:36
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Portrush parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
111 Paul JENKINS 00:27:07
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Citypark parkrun, Craigavon
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
4 Colin McDOWELL 00:17:56
61 John McCONNELL 00:23:29
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Ormeau parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
142 Jim CLINTON 00:27:38
180 Philip McILWRATH 00:29:59
238 Jack WASSON 00:34:30
239 Caroline WASSON 00:34:32
303 Rosy RYAN 00:55:54
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Antrim parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
5 Gavin McCAFFREY 00:18:50
18 Thomas COY 00:21:25
19 Dermot COY 00:21:26
33 Brian STEWART 00:22:23
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Castlewellan parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
8 Piaras McSHANE 00:18:58
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Letterkenny parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
36 Paul LAVERY 00:36:29
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Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
19 Paul WILLIAMS 00:23:18
36 Tony REID 00:25:03
76 Stella HARRISON 00:29:54
102 Philomena DONALDSON 00:33:38
107 Martin McLARNON 00:34:17
115 Bernadette DUFFY 00:35:43
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Stormont parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
189 Jason REID 00:30:38
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Colin Glen parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
25 Sandy CARR 00:27:25 New PB
71 Margaret STEPHENS 00:38:17
72 Michael LAWLOR 00:40:11
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Orangefield parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
1 Mark McKINSTRY 00:16:20 First Finisher
12 Kevin McCANN 00:23:35
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Deerpark Forest parkrun, Virginia
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
19 Kieran CALLAGHAN 00:25:50
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Crawfordsburn Country parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
50 Gerry ANDERSON 00:24:20
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Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
12 John Gerard MURPHY 00:20:01
19 Matt SHIELDS 00:21:13
132 Greg McCLURE 00:33:09