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NBH Race Report 9th-15th may 2022


Slieve Donard, Phoenix Park, Woodburn Forest, Mary Peters track and Strabane/Lifford saw some great racing this week and fine performances by members of the North Belfast Harriers.

Woodburn Forest series Race 1: tue 10th may

It was good to see this popular series return on Tuesday evening in Woodburn Forest. The course started at Woodburn Road and descended to the Middle South Reservoir, athletes then completed a loop of the reservoir on a mix of grass and trail before heading back up the hill to the finish, for an overall race distance around 5km. Four NBH members took on the challenge with Mark McKinstry demonstrating his strength to take a fine win. The harrier’s results were:

Pos Athlete Cat Time
1 Mark McKinstry M35 15:59
7 Simon Reeve M45 18:41
47 Peter McClelland M40 22:43
82 Jason Reid M35 30:12


Donard Race (sat 14th may)

Starting in Donard Park, the course took runners via the Glen River to the Mourne Wall at the saddle between Commedagh and Donard; from there they followed the wall to the summit of Donard before a steep descent, then joining the upward route again and finishing back at the start point. Two harriers took part, Martsje Hell and Philip Goss each winning their individual age categories.

Pos Athlete Cat Finish Summit Descent Note
16 Philip Goss MV35 1:06:09 0:38:08 0:28:01 1st MV35
30 Martsje Hell FV35 1:09:47 0:43:54 0:25:53 1st LV35



Belfast Irish Milers Meet (Sat 14th May)

The sun shone at Mary Peters track on Saturday afternoon for the annual Irish Milers meeting, with several harriers contesting 1500m and 5000m races. John Black was first home in the 5000m ‘B’ race in 15:02.99. Full results were:

Race Pos Athlete Time
1500m Men A 4 Andrew Milligan 03:43.98
1500m Men D 3 Connor McCann 04:06.50
  4 Conor Curran 04:10.00
5k Men B 1 John Black 15:02.99
  6 Peter McGarry 15:19.52
  10 Cathaoir Purvis 16:00.83

John Black, Peter McGarry and Cathaoir Purvis in the 5000m (photo credit Perri Williams)

Strabane/Lifford Half marathon (Sun 15th may)

A large field of over 850 runners took on the popular cross-border half marathon. The relatively flat route started and finished in Strabane with runners also running through Lifford and Clady. Three harriers took part:

Pos Athlete Cat Time
12 Matthew MCCOMBE MO 1:19:02
200 Raymond CAMERON M45 1:42:15
648 Liam SMYTH M55 2:08:52



Irish 5k championships (Sun 15th)

Phoenix Park in Dublin was the setting for the Irish 5k championships on Sunday morning. Peter Donnelly achieved a fine 7th place overall in 15:39, while Davey Clarke retained his Irish championship in 16:55. Carol Clarke also had a fine run to place 3rd in the F55 category.

Pos Athlete Cat Time Note
7 Peter DONNELLY MS 15:39  
35 David CLARKE M60 16:55 1st M60
235 Carol CLARKE F55 21:58 3rd F55



parkrun (sat 14th may)

Saturday was a lovely morning for the local and not so local parkruns, with NBH athletes taking part at 15 different venues. Congratulations to Colin MCDOWELL, first finisher at Citypark with a new PB; also to Dermot COY, Diane TAYLOR, Orán STEELE, Maurice PALMER, David JOHNSTON, Ita MCCAMBRIDGE, and Neil CARTY who all set new PBs at their respective events. Full results were:

Waterworks parkrun, Belfast 14/05/2022 #537
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
9David CURRAN15080.56%18:36PB 18:33
10Laurence JOHNSTON11286.44%19:03PB 17:39
14Paul CURLEY14868.58%20:03PB 17:40
15Seamus LEHENY26270.27%20:11PB 20:06
18Dermot COY3768.07%20:31New PB!
23Joseph GALLAGHER2979.32%20:57PB 20:50
28Diane TAYLOR2572.79%21:08New PB!
40Greg MCCLURE45173.54%22:48PB 18:41
41Andrew TAYLOR1659.48%22:57PB 22:16
42Fionnuala O’HARE21463.98%23:08PB 21:07
45John Gerard MURPHY50164.33%23:30PB 18:49
58Orán STEELE4059.51%24:22New PB!
59Tony REID51064.66%24:23PB 21:50
61Alex REID3762.15%24:37PB 19:55
82Oisin STEELE955.98%25:54PB 24:56
89Matt SHIELDS40364.83%26:21PB 17:44
109Gillian RODEN11355.70%27:37PB 26:14
120Lynn MCKENNA3759.21%28:19PB 26:30
121Laura CONNOLLY1656.59%28:20PB 25:56
131Catherine SEAWRIGHT8556.44%29:00PB 25:28
133Stella HARRISON36767.80%29:02PB 26:03
135Lyle CARLETON20954.64%29:06PB 21:22
136Thomas Peter NORTON7148.31%29:07PB 24:50
137Eva MCLOUGHLIN1562.19%29:08PB 28:51
138Michelle MCLOUGHLIN15052.49%29:09PB 24:00
142Senan STEELE652.28%29:16PB 26:45
181Grainne STEPHENS10044.92%32:57PB 29:16
182Margaret STEPHENS32659.71%32:58PB 28:23
183Sandy CARR30146.99%32:59PB 22:55
189Martin MCLARNON5443.22%33:19PB 30:40
197Philomena DONALDSON26659.90%33:50PB 27:50
198Bernadette DUFFY27059.90%33:50PB 29:29
200Philip MCILWRATH27442.72%33:59PB 24:47
208Eadaoin DONALDSON22242.41%35:08PB 24:26
223Ita WEIR4442.01%40:23PB 29:45
224Roy RAINEY4037.37%40:46PB 32:33
225Denise RAINEY11740.59%40:49PB 34:48
232Denis LOUGHRAN16747.42%42:21PB 35:00
239Nicky HAGAN1228.89%45:38PB 21:22
241Catherine CARLETON9441.43%46:11PB 31:42
242Paula O’REILLY4440.26%46:12PB 31:49
Belfast Victoria parkrun 14/05/2022 #506
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
38Paul WILLIAMS37574.84%21:04PB 19:44
124Thomas MCKINSTRY27156.63%27:08PB 25:47
Ecos parkrun, Ballymena 14/05/2022 #430
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
133Glenn BEATTIE2635.65%36:11First Timer!
Citypark parkrun, Craigavon 14/05/2022 #425
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
1Colin MCDOWELL17390.35%16:35New PB!
4Peter SAVAGE2181.49%18:33PB 17:23
Antrim parkrun 14/05/2022 #343
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
32Brian STEWART12480.46%21:55PB 20:59
Larne parkrun 14/05/2022 #358
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
9Matthew CARLETON7855.92%23:04PB 22:33
11Janice PLUMB13174.07%23:12PB 20:34
Carrickfergus parkrun 14/05/2022 #342
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
22Maurice PALMER11266.42%24:34New PB!
61Evelyn PALMER3664.34%30:09First Timer!
Comber parkrun 14/05/2022 #344
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
23David HURST6756.77%23:52First Timer!
Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey 14/05/2022 #336
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
61David JOHNSTON3550.11%30:24New PB!
Falcarragh parkrun 14/05/2022 #250
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
4Paddy MCCAMBRIDGE13269.94%22:44PB 22:17
6Ita MCCAMBRIDGE17882.29%23:15New PB!
Lough Key parkrun 14/05/2022 #230
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
6Thomas MCLAUGHLIN23464.67%21:45First Timer!
Ballincollig parkrun 14/05/2022 #229
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
263Rosy RYAN27329.23%56:00PB 46:22
Orangefield parkrun 14/05/2022 #129
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
2Neil CARTY2881.45%18:52New PB!
Deerpark Forest parkrun, Virginia 14/05/2022 #57
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
15Kieran CALLAGHAN15152.76%26:15PB 23:21
Hillsborough Forest parkrun 14/05/2022 #44
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
71Paul JENKINS7049.54%29:18PB 27:40
Dunleath Playing Fields parkrun 14/05/2022 #8
PosparkrunnerparkrunsAge GradeTimeComment
25Ray CAMERON19859.35%24:04First Timer!