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North Belfast Harriers Race Report 11th – 17th July 2022


North Belfast Harriers Race Report 11th – 17th July 2022 

Whilst the holiday season may have diminished the range of running events available, it certainly did not detract from the success evidenced by members of North Belfast Harriers, with three podium positions at the weekend. 

Photos courtesy of My Sports Photos, Sea2Sky.

Harriers are on the Podium in the 10k and the 5k Races in the Born 2 Run, “Sea 2 Sky Challenge”, on Friday 15th July. 

Gladys Ganiel finished first in the women’s race in the Sea 2 Sky 10k, whilst Colin McDowell finished third overall in the 5k race. Gladys ran a great race in the 10k event, finishing in an impressive time of 39 min: 49 sec, coming 11th overall out of a field of 514 starters. Colin McDowell also ran a tremendous race in the 5k event, coming 3rd overall, and 1st in the M50 category. Colin finished the race in a superb time of 17 min: 53 sec, finishing towards the font of the field of 121 starters. 

The Sea 2 Sky Event offered runners the opportunity to challenge themselves over a 5k or 10k distance, starting in Newcastle and ascending the slopes of Slieve Donard, on a mix of road, track and trails, through the stunning views and vistas, before descending again towards the shore at Newcastle. Well done to all participants. 

Position  Bib  Name  Category  Gun Time  Chip Time  Race Distance 
3  466  Colin McDowell  M50  17:53  17:53  5k 
11  540  Gladys Ganiel  F45  0:39:51  0:39:49  10k 
184  707  John Grey  M45  0:53:10  0:52:53  10k 
213  47  Sandy Carr  F40  0:55:05  0:54:46  10k 
298  84  John Davidson  M50  0:58:59  0:58:40  10k 
319  567  Karen McClean  F50  1:00:11  0:59:52  10k 
379  736  Catherine Seawright  F45  1:03:37  1:03:19  10k 


Photo courtesy of IrishLifeDublinRaceSeries/ Twitter. 

It’s Yet Another Podium for North Belfast Harriers, as John Black Lifts Bronze, at the Fingal 10k in Dublin, on Sunday 17th July. 

John Black, one of two representatives from North Belfast Harriers racing in the Fingal 10k, finished third, in a superb time of 31 min: 53 sec. Meanwhile, Conor Curran, who was running in the M45 category finished in a very commendable 11th place overall, and second in his age category in 33 min: 45 sec. Over 1300 runners took to the streets in this very popular road race, which attracted entrants from all over Ireland, and further afield. The race which started and finished on Main Street, Swords, on the northern outskirts of Dublin City, took runners on a single lap of a course around the suburban roads, just north of Dublin Airport. Running in the early morning the runners avoided the forecasted heat, but enjoyed the pleasant July sunshine. Well done to John and Conor on great performances. 

Position  Bib  Name  Category  Chip Time  Gun Time 
3  2574  John Black  MS  0:31:53  0:31:54 
11  2566  Conor Curran  M45  0:33:45  0:33:46 


Photo courtesy of Martsje Hell.

Martsje Hell Flys the Flag for North Belfast Harriers at the International Snowdon Race, on Saturday 16th July. 

North Belfast Harrier, Martsje Hell, running as part of the Northern Ireland Mountain Running team, took part in the Castell Howell International Snowdon Race. After a three year absence, 600 runners made their way to the slopes of Wales’ highest peak for the 45th staging of this challenging event. Regarded as one of the greatest races in the world of mountain running, the event attracted runners from around the British Isles and Europe, each aspiring to complete the race from Llanberis to the summit of Snowden and back.  

Martsje completed the course in a commendable time of 1:38:35. Well done Martsje and all those who braved the heat as well as the mountains on Saturday. 


ParkRuns, Saturday 16th July 

Despite the Met Office warnings for a dangerous heat wave in many parts of the UK, commencing at the weekend, Saturday morning still attracted members of the North Belfast Harriers out in numbers, for the wonderful celebration of outdoor exercise, with good humour, camaraderie and craic that is at the core of ParkRun. With the holidays in full swing, it wasn’t surprising to see Harriers turning out at ParkRuns locally, as well as a variety of seaside locations, from Donegal, and Portrush, to Jersey, as well as England and continental Europe.  

Worth a special mention are Brendan McCambridge and Aaron Rush, who were second in their respective ParkRuns and Fionnuala O’Hare and Roisin Hughes, who were both first female finishers in their courses. Roisin was also third overall, as was Colin McDowell in their respective courses. Congratulations to Seamus Leheny, who as well as finishing third on his course, also recorded a new PB. Also, congratulations to Brendan McCambridge and Jason Reid, who both recorded new PBs in their respective courses. 

Well done to all participants. 


Photo courtesy of Waterworks ParkRun Facebook.

Waterworks ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
18  Thomas McLaughlin  64.81%  21:55   
19  Fionnuala O’Hare  66.97%  22:06  First Female 
27  Greg McClure  72.64%  23:05   
37  Una McConnell  64.92%  24:28   
41  Seanan McConnell  61.99%  24:41   
42  Leah McAvoy  59.84%  24:44   
49  Jack Carberry  80.52%  25:30   
56  Nicky Hagan  50.74%  25:59   
60  Maurice Palmer  62.44%  26:08   
62  Thomas McKinstry  59.12%  26:13   
64  Gerry Anderson  57.92%  26:18   
65  Jim Clinton  61.46%  26:20   
80  Ray Cameron  52.43%  27:28   
81  Matt Shields  62.20%  27:28   
82  John Gerard Murphy  54.97%  27:30   
90  Catherine Seawright  58.00%  28:13   
91  Sabrina Nulty  55.69%  28:15   
96  Donna McLaughlin  58.20%  28:28   
100  Gordon Glenn  52.01%  28:35   
104  Siobhan Drain  61.30%  28:46   
112  Stella Harrison  66.80%  29:28   
125  Sandy Carr  50.43%  30:44   
126  Margaret Stephens  64.01%  30:45   
135  Martin McLarnon  44.51%  32:21   
155  Tony Reid  42.71%  36:55   
163  Denis Loughran  49.83%  40:18   
166  Ita Weir  40.41%  41:59   
168  Dermot McGrath  34.19%  44:13   
169  Michelle Harkley  35.40%  44:27   
175  Sean McShane  29.85%  49:01   
183  Bernadette Duffy  36.97%  54:49   


Belfast Victoria ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
33  Paul Williams  73.73%  21:23   
88  Paul Jenkins  55.53%  26:21   


Queen’s ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
82  Vincent Bradley  48.97%  33:03   


Falls ParkRun Belfast 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
3  Roisin Hughes  76.01%  20:42  First Female 


Ormeau ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
2  Aaron Rush  71.84%  18:03   


Stormont ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
15  Alex Reid  70.29%  21:46  New PB 
16  Helen F Weir  76.68%  21:52   
62  Paul McAllister  52.54%  26:35  First Timer 


Larne ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
4  Nat Glenn  77.58%  20:09   


Citypark ParkRun Craigavon 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
3  Colin McDowell  79.84%  18:46   
16  Declan Liggett  60.89%  21:21  First Timer 


Carrickfergus ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
28  Drew Knox  59.72%  27:06   


Hillsborough Forest ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
75  Tony Forde  54.94%  29:11   
98  Philomena Donaldson  59.70%  33:57  First Timer 
110  Eadaoin Kelly  41.03%  36:26  First Timer 


Portrush ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
59  Matthew Carleton  52.69%  24:29  First Timer 
128  Lyle Carleton  56.32%  28:14  First Timer 
239  Paul Lavery  43.44%  38:36  First Timer 
246  Catherine Carleton  44.24%  43:15  First Timer 


Enniskillen ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
12  Charlie McLarnon  59.14%  23:59  First Timer 


Garvagh Forest ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
26  Jason Reid  46.58%  28:18  New PB 


Falcarragh ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
2  Brendan McCambridge  74.05%  17:36  New PB 
4  Conal McCambridge  65.43%  19:43  First Timer 
17  Ita McCambridge  81.53%  23:28   
19  Paddy McCambridge  66.48%  23:55   
34  Catriona McCambridge  56.09%  26:34   
39  John Lavery  59.06%  27:24   
41  Liam Smyth  56.35%  28:13  First Timer 


Buncranna ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
3  Seamus Leheny  71.57%  19:49  New PB 
5  Cormac Leheny  71.83%  21:18  First Timer 


Highwoods ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
29  Kieran Callaghan    28:11   


Westpark ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
12  Glenn Beattie  62.98%  20:29  First Timer 


Jersey ParkRun 

Position  Name  Age Grade  Time  Remarks 
191  Marilyn Foster  59.90%  37:47