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North Belfast Harriers Race Report 21st –27th February 2022

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It’s Two Golds and a Silver for David Clarke, as the North Belfast Harriers athlete returns home as Double European Champion! 

North Belfast Harriers runner David Clarke stunned the crowds at the weekend, at the European Masters Indoor Championships, at Braga in Portugal. Representing Great Britian and Northern Ireland, David first showed his potential by running a superb 800m, in which he was narrowly beaten for first place, lifting the silver in an impressive time of 2min:16.57secs, only 0.6 sec behind Spain’s José Huerga Castro. The following day, running in the Vet 60 category, David became double European champion, lifting gold in the 3,000m in a time of 9min:47.22sec, before going on to also win the 1,500m in a time of 4min:38.57sec. 

David won his first European title in the 3,000m in a tense race, with none of the runners wanting to show their hand too early. However, the final kilometre was covered at a very fast pace in 3min:5sec, with David seeing off the challenge from the Spain’s Francisco García López and Italy’s Marco Moracas, to lift gold. Having already showed his potential in two races, the 1,500m turned out to be a different affair. Speaking after the race Clarke reflected, “Being a marked man, I was able to dictate the pace, and this was the race in which I felt most comfortable.”.  

Under the guidance of coach Jim McGuinness, the North Belfast Harriers athlete has progressed from Northern Ireland Masters Champion, to British Champion, and now double European Masters Champion. David Clarke will now have his sights set on the World Masters Athletics Championships scheduled for Finland, later this year. With the form that David is in at the moment, who would bet against him? Well done David, on a truly stunning weekend of running!

Photo and details courtesy of April Clarke. 

Conan McCaughey Wins the Northern Ireland and Ulster Cross Country at Gransha 

Saturday saw the final cross country race for the season in the NI and Ulster series. In a season when both the men and the women of North Belfast Harriers had achieved some notable successes, the participants approached this traditional final race with excitement. Although minor injuries and adverse circumstances prevented some members from running, the outcomes were certainly worth celebrating. Conan McCaughey finished in first place in the men’s race, in 39min:58sec, a commanding distance ahead of his nearest rival, who was some 27sec behind him. Conan’s performance, and that of his teammates, resulted in North Belfast Harriers men’s team lifting silver in the team race. Meanwhile the ladies’ team finished fourth. 

The race, which was hosted by City of Derry Spartans, involved the men completing 6 laps of the course, to cover a challenging 12km over the soft ground, on the Gransha Hospital parkland, on the outskirts of the city, whilst the women ran 3 laps for a 6km distance. 

Gransha Cross Country, Men’s 12 km Race 

Position  Bib Number  Name  Category  Time 
1  679  Conan McCaughey  MO  0:39:58 
10  677  Conal McCambridge  MO  0:41:17 
13  666  John Black  MO  0:41:39 
15  672  Philip Goss  M35  0:41:51 
17  681  Peter McGarry  MO  0:42:16 
23  684  Lawerence O’Hara  M40  0:42:54 
32  680  Isaac McCollum  MO  0:43:34 
38  685  Jack Steenson  MO  0:44:26 
42  670  Peter Donnelly  MO  0:44:36 
65  687  James Trainor  M35  0:48:13 
80  675  Patrick McAuley  M40  0:52:13 
87  688  Colin Willetts  M35  0:54:08 
90  671  Joe Gallagher  M60  0:55:08 
93  669  Matthew Carleton  MO  0:56:15 
96  667  Chris Callaghan  M55  0:57:56 
100  665  Gerry Anderson  M50  1:02:50 

Gransha Cross Country, Women’s 6 km Race 

Position  Bib Number  Name  Category  Time 
20  532  Natasha Henderson  FO  0:25:56 
25  534  Moira Leheny  F40  0:26:07 
27  528  Erin Beattie  FO  0:27:29 
33  541  Fionnuala O’Hare  FO  0:27:47 
37  546  Diane Taylor  F40  0:28:10 
45  530  Roma Doherty  F35  0:29:16 
47  545  Emma Taylor  F35  0:29:26 
49  536  Leah McAvoy  FO  0:30:02 
53  540  Donna McLaughlin  F45  0:31:10 
66  533  Lorraine Hibburt  F50  0:33:44 
69  537  Karen McClean  F50  0:34:07 
71  543  Catherine Seawright  F45  0:34:45 
78  542  Gillian Roden  F40  0:36:07 
80  531  Philomena Donaldson  F60  0:40:26 

 

Photos courtesy of Spartans Facebook, Paul Sheridan and Joe Gallagher.

ParkRuns 

As the recent series of storms and inclement weather abated, at least for the weekend, many members of North Belfast Harriers donned their winter running gear and joined the ever ebullient gatherings of runners, of all ages and abilities, at their local ParkRun. Whether meeting up to challenge themselves for a pb, or merely convening for the craic and camaraderie, as ever the members of North Belfast Harriers shared their love for running in general, and ParkRun in particular.   

Worthy of a special mention are April Clarke, who was a first female finisher, Piaras McShane, who was a second finisher, and Colin McDowell a third finisher, in their respective ParkRun courses. Also worthy of a mention are Dermot Coy, Oisin Steel, Eva McLoughlin, and Lucinda McAvoy, who achieved new personal best times in their respective ParkRuns. Well done everyone. 

 

Waterworks ParkRun  

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
2  Piaras McShane  71.94%  0:18:00   
4  Lauerence Johnston  86.51%  0:19:02   
7  Paul Curley  67.90%  0:20:15   
10  Simon Reeve  69.06%  0:20:41   
14  Dermot Coy  66.25%  0:21:05  New PB 
17  Mark McAvoy  60.25%  0:21:19   
21  Sean McShane  68.17%  0:21:28   
27  David Curran  66.72%  0:22:17   
28  Joe Drain  67.19%  0:22:18   
29  Paul Williams  67.19%  0:22:18   
33  John Gerard Murphy  66.74%  0:22:39   
35  Christopher Lennon  64.84%  0:22:45   
36  Drew Knox  70.13%  0:22:47   
48  Seamus Leheny  58.69%  0:24:10   
58  Greg McClure  67.25%  0:24:56   
60  Tony Reid  63.19%  0:24:57   
64  Jack Carberry  78.66%  0:25:32   
84  Matt Shields  63.39%  0:26:57   
86  Oisin Steel  53.64%  0:27:02  New PB 
87  Orán Steel  53.57%  0:27:04   
88  Anthony Steel  49.66%  0:27:05   
90  Gordon Glenn  54.06%  0:27:30   
93  Sabrina Nulty  56.34%  0:27:43   
102  Stella Harrison  69.31%  0:28:24   
103  Senan Steel  53.62%  0:28:32   
108  Jim Clinton  56.06%  0:28:52   
117  Sandy Carr  52.06%  0:29:33   
118  Coleen Thopmson  51.78%  0:29:33   
141  Eva McLoughlin  59.67%  0:31:27  New PB 
142  Michelle McLoughlin  48.62%  0:32:28   
145  Eadaoin Donaldson  46.88%  0:31:47   
146  Martin McLarnon  44.45%  0:32:08   
147  Margaret Stephens  60.37%  0:32:08   
170  Stephen Thompson  39.10%  0:36:50   
173  Denis Loughran  47.11%  0:42:38   
175  Elizabeth French  36.48%  0:44:52   

 

Navan ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
15  Kieran Callaghan  54.89%  0:25:14   

 

Belfast Victoria ParkRun  

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
5  Conor O’Rawe  75.44%  0:17:06   
11  April Clarke  77.15%  0:19:11  First Female Finisher 
30  Janice Plumb  82.28%  0:20:53  First Timer 
31  Aaron Rush  61.26%  0:21:10   
165  Rosy Ryan  28.32%  0:57:12   

 

Queen’s ParkRun, Belfast 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
149  Paul Lavery  49.78%  0:33:23   
153  Vincent Bradley  47.84%  0:33:31   

 

Falls ParkRun, Belfast 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
7  Roisin Hughes  73.49%  0:21:15   

 

Wallace ParkRun, Lisburn  

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
73  Tony Forde  59.90%  0:26:46  First Timer 
103  David Hurst  46.06%  0:29:25  First Timer 

 

City ParkRun, Craigavon  

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
3  Colin McDowell  84.02%  0:17:50   
8  Gerard McNamara  75.95%  0:19:16   

 

Ormeau ParkRun  

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
40  Terence McAtamney  58.79%  0:22:34   
180  Lucinda McAvoy  57.48%  0:28:11  New PB 
275  Paul Jenkins  43.77%  0:33:10   
337  Mannix McAlister  27.22%  0:47:24   

 

Antrim ParkRun  

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
15  Brian Stewart  80.21%  0:21:59   

 

Valley ParkRun, Newtownabbey  

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
58  Angela Rogan  46.15%  0:39:13   

 

Orangefield ParkRun  

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
41  Fergus Jamison  53.36%  0:29:03