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NBH Race Report, 27th Jun– 3rd Jul 2022

Mile 1 CR

A very busy week for the Harriers, from an ultra-fast 800m to an ultra-long 64kms with a few podium positions along the way.

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Wed 29th Jun 2022: Tafelta Mile Race at Magherafelt

Once again, Harriers travelled to Magherafelt to represent the Club at a track event, this time over a distance of a mile.

The meeting was split into eight different races which gave athletes the opportunity to compete with their peers.

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Race Athlete Time
7 Davy Curran 05:22
5 Sarah-Jane McFadden 05:46
Matthew Carleton 05:49
4 Una McConnell 06:04
Joe Gallagher 06:30

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Photos: Joe Gallagher

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Fri 1st Jul 2022: World Masters Athletics, Tampere, Finland

Davy Clarke secured yet another podium position for North Belfast Harriers, this time in Tampere, Finland. Located right in the centre of town beside a scenic lake lies Tampere (Ratina) stadium where Davy came second in his age class (M60) covering 800m in an incredible time of 2:14.46.

Davy returned the next day to compete in the 5000m race, this time securing bronze with a time of 17:15.04.

Well done Davy

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Photo: shaggyphotos.com

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Fri 1st Jul 2022: Leixlip 5k Road Race 2022

The Leixlip 5k returned as a road race this year. Starting at Louisa Bridge and finishing on Le Chéile AC track, the officially measured course is billed as a good route for a fast time. And so it turned out to be for Conan McCaughey. Conan came second with a chip time of 14:37.

This result secures Conan a place in the NBH records as the second fastest 5k racer.

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Photo: Le Chéile Athletic Club Facebook

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Sat 2nd Jul 2022: Coast Road 10k

Twelve North Belfast Harriers joined a field of almost 400 runners to compete in the Coast Run 10k. The route started and ended at Ballygally Castle and took in the very scenic Antrim Coast Road. April Clarke secured a podium position as the third fastest lady. Well done April.

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Pos Bib Firstname Lastname Gender Cat Finish Chiptime Halfway
15 227 Gareth Lyons M M45 00:34:16 00:34:14 00:16:36
23 335 Ryan Moore M M35 00:34:57 00:34:55 00:17:18
29 269 Matthew McCombe M MO 00:35:41 00:35:38 00:17:36
52 378 Hugo Reilly-Stewart M MO 00:38:00 00:37:53 00:18:35
54 326 Neil Mercer M M45 00:38:06 00:38:02 00:18:43
62 53 April Clarke F FO 00:38:27 00:38:22 00:19:14 3rd Lady
94 167 Natasha Henderson F FO 00:40:25 00:40:21 00:19:43
113 131 Joe Gallagher M M60 00:42:05 00:41:56 00:20:58
135 44 Chris Callaghan M M55 00:43:52 00:43:43 00:21:31
148 48 Matty Carleton M MO 00:44:43 00:44:34 00:22:15
156 272 Una McConnell F F45 00:45:10 00:45:01 00:22:11
359 301 Martin McLarnon M M45 01:05:58 01:05:31 00:32:16

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Photos: Joe Gallagher

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Sat 2nd Jul 2022: Spelga Skyline

The Spelga Skline race is part of the NIMRA Championship series. The race starts on the track on the lower slopes of Slievenamuck and visits nine summits along the skyline around Spelga Dam: Slievenamuck summit / Butter Mountain; Slieve Meelbeg summit; Slieve Loughshannagh summit; Slieve Muck summit; Slievemoughanmore summit; Pierces Castle summit; Rocky Mountain summit; Hen Mountain summit and Cock Mountain summit.

Covering a distance of 21 Kms with an overall ascent of 1550m, this is an arduous mountain race on open mountains and not for the feint-hearted, so it’s best left to the experts – like Martsje Hell who covered the course in 3:29:31.

Martsje was the second female home. Very well  done Martsje.

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Sun 3nd Jul 2022: Gullion Way Ultra

Starting and ending in Newry, this route covers a distance of 64 Kms. This is a challenging course which offers a unique experience to run the Gullion Way as part of an organised event. Hills are aplenty and runners are rewarded with amazing mountain views overlooking the Ring of Gullion and the landscape of South Armagh. Along the way runners pass Clontygora Court Grave, Moyry Castle, Killeavy Old Churches, Craigmore Viaduct and Slieve Gullion Forest park. Runners traverse the slopes of Fathom Mountain, Black Mountain, Camlough Mountain and Slieve Gullion (The Ring of Gullion’s highest peak).

Greg McClure completed the course in a time of 8:43:01 finishing in 8th place.

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Sun 3nd Jul 2022: The Great Rossa Run 2022

Ardboe in Co. Tyrone is the setting for the Great Rossa Run. Two Harriers made the journey west of the Bann to represent the Harriers. Eamon White was rewarded with 3rd place in the 5k race. A worthwhile journey indeed!

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Pos Name Time
3 Eamon WHITE 16:38
123 Sonia GORMAN 33:53

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Sat 2nd Jul 2022: PARKRUNS

A total of 54 North Belfast Harriers took part in 15 parkruns this week. A great turnout!

Well to Andrew MILLIGAN and Ian KEYS for being the first finishers at Belfast Victoria and Carlow Town parkruns respectively. Congratulations also to Sabrina NULTY for being the first lady finisher at Waterworks parkrun.

Sabrina also achieved a PB as did Liam SMYTH and David JOHNSTON.

Liam also achieved a milestone this week clocking up 50 parkruns. Well done Liam.

Well done to everybody who took park in this week’s parkruns and a big thank you to the army of volunteers.

The Waterworks saw the graduation of C25K teams from Girdwood, Girls Model and Waterworks Jog Belfast and ERC. A special mention to the C25K coaches from North Belfast Harriers without whom many of us would never have started running.

Waterworks: Ita McCambridge & Margaret Stephens.

Girls’ Model: Paddy McCambridge, Diane Taylor & Caroline Hill.

Girdwood: Roma Doherty & Sinead Barnes.

ERC: Ita McCambridge, Orla McCambridge & Brendan McCambridge.

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Waterworks parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
3 3 David CURRAN 00:18:45
4 4 Piaras McSHANE 00:20:00
27 26 Nicky HAGAN 00:23:25
31 30 Greg McCLURE 00:23:59
33 1 Sabrina NULTY 00:24:02 First Lady Finisher / New PB
34 31 Tony REID 00:24:02
39 35 Gerry ANDERSON 00:24:40
49 42 Maurice PALMER 00:26:05
58 46 Lyle CARLETON 00:26:46
59 47 Thomas McKINSTRY 00:26:56
66 51 Jack CARBERRY 00:27:26
69 54 Jim CLINTON 00:27:30
70 13 Catherine SEAWRIGHT 00:27:31
71 55 Matthew PURVIS 00:27:32
75 59 Senan STEELE 00:27:35
77 14 Diane TAYLOR 00:27:36
79 61 Drew KNOX 00:27:38
81 17 Cassie CURRAN 00:27:43
83 18 Joanne CURRAN 00:27:56
87 21 Donna McLAUGHLIN 00:28:14
95 68 Gordon GLENN 00:28:46
101 28 Stella HARRISON 00:29:03
109 32 Gillian RODEN 00:29:32
117 76 Jason REID 00:29:55
151 52 Margaret STEPHENS 00:34:43
152 53 Grainne STEPHENS 00:34:44
154 55 Sandy CARR 00:34:53
176 72 Catherine CARLETON 00:39:30
188 82 Orla McCAMBRIDGE 00:42:14
189 94 David FRENCH 00:42:44
192 85 Michelle HARKLEY 00:44:17
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Belfast Victoria parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
1 1 Andrew MILLIGAN 00:15:09 First Finisher
41 33 Paul WILLIAMS 00:22:14
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parkrun des Dougnes, Cubnezais
Position parkrunner Run Time
2 2 John Gerard MURPHY 00:21:08
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Ormeau parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time
39 30 Niall ARMSTRONG 00:21:40
59 47 Jean-Claude BOURGEOIS 00:22:59
86 66 Peter DOLAN 00:24:26
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Castlewellan parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time
3 3 Simon REEVE 00:20:01
64 19 Eadaoin KELLY 00:31:01
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Carrickfergus parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
18 17 Liam SMYTH 00:26:03 50th parkrun / New PB
19 18 Frankie SMYTH 00:26:03
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Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
35 30 David JOHNSTON 00:28:14 New PB
41 32 Orán STEELE 00:28:43
42 33 Anthony STEELE 00:28:49
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Dundalk parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time
6 6 Sean McSHANE 00:20:36
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Stormont parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time
27 24 Aaron RUSH 00:22:55
76 54 Kieran CALLAGHAN 00:26:16
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Monaghan Town parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time
7 6 Glenn BEATTIE 00:23:28
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Carlow Town parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time Notes
1 1 Ian KEYS 00:18:45 First Finisher
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Mura di Lucca parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time
25 15 Philip McILWRATH 00:28:26
45 22 Rosy RYAN 00:55:03
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Oriam parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time
69 42 Paul JENKINS 00:28:48
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Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time
133 71 Paul LAVERY 00:33:00
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Hillsborough Forest parkrun
Position parkrunner Run Time
18 17 Matt SHIELDS 00:22:56