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North Belfast Harriers Race Report 28th March – 3rd April 2022

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North Belfast Harriers Race Report 28th March – 3rd April 2022 

It was weekend that was busy and varied in terms of race participation, with members North Belfast Harriers running over a range of distances, geographic locations and terrain. And as always there were some very commendable and exceptional performances.  

East Antrim Marathon Series, Saturday 2nd April 

Three members of North Belfast Harriers took part in the latest race in the East Antrim Marathon Series on Saturday 2 April. With tongue firmly in cheek, the organisers of this event entitled it, “I pity the Fool!”, however finishers of the challenging event might well have concurred literally with the sentiment.  Entrants covered a course of 10 miles from Greenisland, climbing around 2,500 ft to the Knockagh Monument and back, with options of 1 lap, 2 laps or 3 laps giving race distances of 10 miles, 20 miles and 30 miles. Worthy of a special mention is Greg McClure, who finished 6th in the 30 mile race, in a time of 4 hours; 59.03 seconds. Running in the 10 mile race were Robbie Speers and Elizabeth French, who both crossed the finish together in 2 hours 58.52 seconds. Well done to all participants. 

Photos courtesy of Elizabeth French, Conal McCambridge and Greg McClure.

Titanic 10k, Sunday 3rd April 

Gareth Lyons took a podium finish for North Belfast Harriers, as the runners took to the roads again on the Titanic 10k. As well as finishing 3rd overall, Gareth was also 1st in the M40 category. Brian Stewart was 1st in the M70 category, with Laurence Johnston 2nd in the M60, and Hugo Reilly 3rd in the MJ category. As the Titanic 10k Race returned to the Harbour Estate, North Belfast Harriers were well represented. The organisers had offered options for those wishing to participate in a Family 1k Race as well as a Virtual 10k Race. However,  over 700 runners lined up at the start, and all seemed eager to participate in a 10k road race, in the conventional format. Although the course was advertised as being new and improved, it still involved a run round the fast, flat roads of the harbour estate. Starting and finishing on Airport Road, near Heron View, the runners completed two laps, running in a clockwise direction on the rectangular course encompassing Airport Road on one side and Heron Road on the other, before running down towards the aircraft factory, overlooking Victoria Park, and then turning to finish on Airport Road. Well done to all the runners, especially those who achieved top three category places and those who achieved PBs. 

Photos courtesy of Titanic 10k Facebook and Catherine Carleton.

Place  Bib No.  Name  Category  Gun Time  Chip Time  5k Split 
3  224  Gareth Lyons  M40  0:32:38  0:32:25  16:27 
36 497 Paul Butcher M45 0:36:59 0:36:56 18:39
61  223  Laurence Johnston  M60  0:38:46  0:38:43  19:07 
70  218  April Clarke  FO  0:39:12  0:39:08  19:28 
74  227  Hugo Reilly  MJ  0:39:32  0:39:17  19:53 
112  226  Christopher Murray  M35  0:41:37  0:41:25  20:49 
124  811  Joe Gallagher  M60  0:42:22  0:42:12  20:59 
133  220  Roma Doherty  F35  0:42:54  0:42:39  21:50 
144  228  Brian Stewart  M70  0:43:21  0:43:13  21:46 
184  1016  Carol Clarke  F50  0:44:43  0:44:28  22:14 
196  217  Matty Carleton  MO  0:45:13  0:45:09  22:28 
224  216  Chris Callaghan  M55  0:46:29  0:45:35  23:51 
242  672  David Hurst  M35  0:47:34  0:47:23  22:37 
261  225  Peter McClelland  M40  0:48:05  0:47:28  24:21 
404  219  John Davidson  M50  0:52:36  0:51:56  26:04 
476  222  Karlene Graham  F35  0:55:07  0:54:38  27:42 

Omagh Half Marathon and 5k, Sunday 3rd April 

North Belfast Harriers were represented at the Omagh Half Marathon. Now in its 32nd year this racing event returned to the streets of the County Town of Tyrone for the first time since 2019. Organised by Omagh Harriers, the event was last run in its traditional format in 2019, with the 2020 races being virtual and the event cancelled completely in 2021. Starting at Omagh Leisure Complex, runners on the 13.1 mile course made their way on a circumference of the town. With thousands taking to the streets, this was surely a celebration of running as well as a challenge against time and terrain. Congratulations to Ryan Moore, who was first home for the Harriers in 17th place. Well done to all participants. 

Place  Bib No.  Name  Category  Gun Time  Chip Time 
17  1578  Ryan Moore  M35  1:17:11  1:17:11 
34  1063  Arran Rutledge  M45  1:19:30  1:19:29 
673  1399  Mary Reid  F55  1:52:50  1:52:20 
1423  571  Martin McLarnon  M45  2:50:57  2:49:38 

 

Manchester Marathon, Sunday 3rd April 

Manchester Marathon, billed as the 4th largest marathon in Europe and one of the fastest marathons, was staged for the second time since lockdowns decimated all mass running events, and North Belfast Harriers were represented as usual, with participants recording some very impressive results. Running in the elite race, North Belfast Harrier, Gladys Ganiel ran a strong race finishing 47th in a field that included some of the best distance runners in Britain and Europe. Four North Belfast Harriers ran in the mass event and all of them produced impressive performances. Mark McAvoy, in particular, deserves great credit, coming home in 127th place out of a field of over 24,000 runners, in a fantastic time of 2 hrs, 36 min, 48 sec. Patrick McAuley, running in the M40 category finished in under 3 hours, whilst running in the M45 category, Neil Mercer and Gabriel McAvoy were just over the 3 hour mark. Well done to everyone for some outstanding running. 

Place  Bib No.  Name  Category  Chip Time Finish  10k Split  Half Split  30k Split 
47  23  Gladys Ganiel  F45  2:41:44  37:24  1:18:56  1:53:20 

 

Place  Bib No.  Name  Category  Chip Time Finish  10k Split  Half Split  30k Split 
127  1241  Mark McAvoy  SM  2:36:48  37:15  1:18:13  1:51:12 
761  3498  Patrick McAuley  M40  2:54:36  41:39  1:28:04  2:04:43 
1493  2802  Neil Mercer  M45  3:03:51  42:48  1:30:30  2:08:50 
1674  4863  Gabriel McAvoy  M45  3:07:05  42:19  1:29:30  2:08:01 

 

ParkRuns, Saturday 2nd April 

As the season’s influence on the vernal flora became more evident, and despite the recent drop in temperatures, runners from North Belfast Harriers continued to turn out in force, to participate in, and celebrate their love of running, and the accompanying camaraderie and craic that are at the heart of every local ParkRun. This week we saw Harriers running in central and eastern Europe in Berlin and Warsaw as well as Donegal, Manchester, and a range of courses locally. Worthy of a special mention are Mark McKinstry, who was a first finisher, Conor O’Rawe and Terence McAtamney, who were second finishers, Alex Reid, David Curran and Matt Shields, who were third finishers in their respective ParkRuns. Also, congratulations to Sabrina Nulty, Matthew Purvis, Senan Steele, Terence McAtamney and Lucinda McAvoy, who all recorded new Personal Best times at their respective courses. Well done to all participants. 

Waterworks ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
2  Conor O’Rawe  70.18%  18:13   
3  David Curran  77.50%  19:11   
4  Thomas Simmons  70.18%  19:11   
6  John Gerard Murphy  75.65%  19:54   
14  Fionnuala O’Hare  69.87%  21:11   
17  Seamus Leheny  64.13%  22:07   
35  Chris Callaghan  67.23%  23:39   
48  Sabrina Nulty  64.04%  24:34  New PB! 
55  Matthew Purvis  55.78%  24:57  New PB! 
56  Paul Williams  63.15%  24:58   
73  Maurice Palmer  62.69%  25:49   
88  Senan Steele  57.20%  26:45  New PB! 
97  Chris O’Donoghue  50.12%  27:14   
106  Lyle Carleton  57.64%  27:35   
107  Gillian Roden  55.74%  27:36   
120  Matthew Carleton  44.92%  28:43   
141  Stella Harrison  66.27%  29:42   
153  Sandy Carr  48.86%  31:29   
155  Michael Lawlor  50.90%  31:30   
170  Martin McLarnon  43.26%  33:01   
175  Margaret Stephens  56.59%  34:17   
176  Grainne Stephens  43.14%  34:17   
186  Michael Harkley  41.28%  38:07   
189  Denise Rainey  40.51%  40:54   
193  Bernadette Duffy  46.03%  44:02   
194  Philomena Donaldson  46.01%  44:03   
198  Denis Loughran  43.85%  45:48   
200  Gerry Anderson  29.71%  51:16   
202  Catherine Carleton  31.42%  1:00:54   
203  Paula O’Reilly  30.54%  1:00:54   

 

Belfast Victoria ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
45  Peter McClelland  58.33%  23:24   
64  Tony Reid  63.96%  24:39   
167  Paul Jenkins  46.06%  31:31   
172  Jim Clinton  50.89%  31:48   

 

Queen’s ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
78  John Lavery  57.18%  28:18   

 

Falls ParkRun Belfast 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
2  Terence McAtamney  62.33%  21:17  New PB! 

 

Citypark ParkRun Craigavon 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
8  Colin McDowell  79.63%  18:49   
137  Caroline Frizzell  47.26%  32:33   

 

Ormeau ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
18  Niall Armstrong  63.76%  20:14  First Timer 
110  Karen McClean  65.42%  26:16   
151  Lucinda McAvoy  58.34%  27:46  New PB! 
300  Mannix McAlister  29.69%  43:27   

 

Antrim ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
99  Brian Stewart  62.49%  28:13   

 

Larne ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
14  Janice Plumb  70.04%  24:32   

 

Carrickfergus ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
3  Alex Reid  72.86%  21:00  First Timer 
46  Phoebe Reid  54.96%  31:56  First Timer 

 

Valley ParkRun, Newtownabbey 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
19  Anthony Steel  50.09%  26:51   
22  Orán Steel  51.82%  27:59  First Timer 

 

Orangefield ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
34  Fergus Jamison  53.17%  29:09   

 

Sixmilewater ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
1  Mark McKinstry  84.24%  15:58   

 

Garvagh Forest ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
3  Matt Shields  81.09%  21:04  First Timer 

 

Dungloe ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
5  Joe Drain  66.54%  22:43   

 

South Manchester ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
103  Sean McShane  62.76%  23:19  First Timer 

 

Hasenheide ParkRun, Berlin 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
100  Damien Gill  59.23%  27:33  First Timer 

 

ParkRun Pole Mokotowskie, Warsaw 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
20  Philip McIlwrath  47.95%  30:02  First Timer 
38  Rosy Ryan  26.99%  1:00:01  First Timer