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North Belfast Harriers Junior Report 16th January 2022

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Mallusk Cross Country

They have a saying in cross country, “No half times, no time outs, no substitutions”.  Pit your will against the terrain and give your best.  On that score, the juniors produced a lot of winners today.

Mallusk Harriers, our hosts, arranged perfect conditions for the first race of 2022; soft underfoot, sharp blue overhead.  North Belfast Harriers juniors arrived, mob-handed and ready to rumble.

First up was the primary school race on a single loop of the cricket pitch including the steep bank. It seemed like no time at all before the pack was blistering down the finishing straight, jostling for places and leaning for the line, before collecting well-earned medals and refreshments. Special praise to all those racing for the first time today. Some very impressive debuts and hopefully, the first of many. Massive well done to Cassie Curran (2nd) and Isla Wiltshire (3rd) for taking podium positions in the girls race.

Next up the U12s, competing over 2 extended loops of the cricket pitch and beyond. As the pack disappeared from view, the growing bank of support  called for hot drinks and nourishment to aid the vocal chords.  Re-emerging for the final lap, it was evident that the junior Harriers were placing competitively, some, not for the first time.  Excellent performances all round from athletes and supporters.  

The U14 and U16 races followed a similar pattern with the athletes being tested over ever-increasing loops and ever-decreasing groups.  Particular credit must go  to these athletes as fewer competitors  resulted in them having to run in isolation for significant parts of the course.  Without the added motivation and support from running in a pack, these athletes had to grit their teeth and drive it home using their own willpower, alone.  A true test of endurance.

Congratulations to everyone for playing their part, athletes, coaches and supporters.  Race times as follows:

Pos Primary Boys Time Pos U12 Boys Time
5 Cormac Leheny 01:50:00 6 Cormac Leheny 07:48:00
7 Thomas Coy 01:50:00 7 Thomas Coy 07:54:00
10 Alex Reid 01:53:00 9 Alex Reid 08:10:00
14 Ruaircc Sheridan 01:58:00 16 Zac O’Connell 08:52:00
21 Ethan Wiltshire 02:05:00 18 Jacob Keenan 09:32:00
22 Jay James 02:06:00 19 Noah Keenan 09:33:00
23 Dualtach McGleenan 02:06:00 20 Odhran Browne 09:46:00
25 Odhran McAlister 02:07:00 21 Oscar Brown 09:48:00
28 Sean Cunningham 02:11:00
29 Gary O’Connor 02:12:00 Pos U14 Boys Time
30 Oscar Brown 02:13:00 15 Dara Cassidy 12:53:00
31 Gerard McKEnna 02:14:00 22 Oran Steele 15:32:00
32 Niall MCAuley 02:15:00
33 Caodhan Quinn 02:15:00 Pos U14 Girls Time
34 Odhran Browne 02:16:00 10 Niamh McAuley 13:19:00
35 Cillian McConnell 02:16:00 13 Treasa McConnell 14:00:00
38 Jack McKinney 02:18:00 18 Orlaith Fahy Duckett 17:23:00
39 Ryan O’Connor 02:20:00
42 Pearse Leheny 02:22:00 Pos U16 Boys Time
44 Senan Steele 02:25:00 6 Eoin McConnell 15:42:00
49 Ruan Keenan 03:02:00
Pos U16 Girls Time
Pos Primary Girls Time 17 Holly Collins 16:55:00
2 Cassie Curran 01:50:00
3 Isla Wiltshire 01:53:00
8 Erin McAuley 02:08:00
17 Eimear Coy 02:26:00
20 Molly McKenna 02:28:00
31 Clodagh Fahy Duckett 03:06:00

2km Parkrun 16th January 2022

Congratulations to Eva on her new PB today!  Also very well done to Oisín and Eimear on excellent times.  Great to see the Park run back in full swing.

Place

Athlete

Time

3

Eimear O’REGAN

10:01

5

Oisin STEELE

10:20

7

Eva MCLOUGHLIN

11:12 NEW PB

ANI Indoor Sprints and Hurdles 15th January 2022

Congratulations to Fin and Anna on their performances over 60M at the UUJ track (8.85s and 8.75s respectively).  Both posted very credible times despite being very early in the season and over the reduced distance.  Keep an eye on this space as the season evolves, the best is yet to come.

Upcoming Races

Keep an eye on the Athletics NI fixtures page for races of interest.  The next and last big XC event that the club is targeting is in the Stormont Estate on 12th February.  Junior races start with U13s @11am.  Online entries are now available online via the link.

https://online.athleticsni.org/ps/event/StormontCrossCountry2022