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North Belfast Harriers Junior Report: 22 – 29 May 2022

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A lovely weekend in terms of mild sunny weather and that was reflected in many of our Juniors recording excellent parkrun times. Action this week was restricted to the weekend between the usual parkruns and the Belfast International Meet at the Mary Peters Track.

Belfast International Meet – Saturday 28th May 2022

The Mary Peter 50th Gold Anniversary Belfast International Meet took place at the South Belfast running track on Saturday afternoon in pretty much near perfect conditions.

In a packed schedule of events, two races were specifically for primary school aged children selected for the 2022/23 Athletics NI Flahavans Junior Endurance Squad. Cassie Curran and Cormac Leheny both participated in their respective 1000m races.

First up at 1pm was the girls race with 15 of the fastest P7 girls in Northern Ireland who battled it out over 2.5 laps of the track with a large crowd cheering them on. On the final lap Cassie broke free from the chasing pack to finish in an excellent 5th place in a time of 3:26, only an agonising 4 seconds off 3rd place, a great run and a fantastic learning experience.

       

The girls race was quickly followed by the boys and again a field of 15 P7 boys competed over 1000m with Cormac Leheny out quick in the leading pack. After 400m Cormac was coming in 6th place but worked himself tactically  up to 2nd place with 200m to go. On the home strait he held off most of the field and had enough in the engine to finish in 3rd place in an excellent time of 3:15 thus securing himself a podium finish and a nice trophy to remember the day.

Parkuns – Saturday 28th May 2022

Great running from all our junior stags at Waterworks and Victoria Parkruns on Saturday morning. Special shout out to Eoin and Thomas getting fantastic new PB’s. Niall also getting a great new PB and was also spotted pacing his Daddy on the 5km course!

Waterworks

Athlete

Position

Time

Eoin McConnell

7

19:04 *PB*

Thomas Coy

12

20:34 *PB*

Niall McAuley

42

23:27 *PB*

Oran Steele

98

27:01

Oisin Steele

108

27:27

 

Victoria

Athlete

Position

Time

Max Reid

7

17:04

Alex Reid

37

20:38

Phoebe Reid

193

30:22

 

Junior Parkrun – Sunday 29th May 2022

Waterworks

Great running on show on a sunny morning from our Juniors at Waterworks Junior Parkrun, well done to Thomas Coy getting a PB for a second day running.

Athlete

Position

Time

Thomas Coy

1

7:33 *PB*

Jack O’Neill

5

9:03

Eimear O’Regan

7

9:28

Senan Steele

8

9:32

Eimear Coy

10

9:40

Sadie Sullivan

11

10:05

 

Upcoming races for Juniors

Firmus Fab 5 Meet

The next Firmus Fab 5 Meet takes place on the 2nd June followed by two more on 18 August and 1st September. Feedback from those who have taken part to date has been really positive so it would be great to see even more our young stags take to the Mary Peters Track at the next events.

Registration for the June event has closed – Good luck to our young stags who are competing on the night!

Each event has various track distance races and some field events so a great opportunity for our juniors to gain some fantastic experience.

Registration for the August event is now open and you can view events and book via https://ani.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2022/GBR/firmus-august-2022/

 

NI and Ulster U14 to U20 Age Group Track and Field Championships 2022

Antrim Forum 11 and 12 June, entries close Tuesday 31st May. Details and registration via: https://athleticsni.org/Fixtures/NI-and-Ulster-U14-to-U20-Age-Group-Track-and-Field-Championships-2022

We look forward to seeing the Juniors back training on Tuesday at the Girls Model