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North Belfast Harriers Junior Report: 26th Sept – 2nd Oct


London Min Marathon

The London mini marathon returned on Saturday 1st October which is an annual event held the day before the London marathon. The Harriers were brilliantly represented by three of our young Stags, Cormac, Alex and Thomas being selected for the Northern Ireland U13 boys’ team with each team comprising of six runners.

The course was just over 2.6km and started along the Thames embankment with the boys running past famous sites such as Big Ben, Parliament Buildings, Buckingham Palace with the finish line on The Mall.

Girls and boys races at u13, u15 and u17 started in waves and in the boys race there was a total of 209 runners who were selected from right across the UK.

All three boys ran strong coming in close to each other and finishing in the top half of finishers with Cormac Leheny 9:35 (75th), Thomas Coy 9:38 (77th) and Alex Reid 9:53 (103rd).

The boys were excellent ambassadors for our club both on and off the course and did us proud while bringing home some nice bling and great memories.

Saturday 5km Parkrun


Four of our Juniors took on the full 5km parkrun at the Waterworks this week and the first finisher over the line with a great run was Oscar! Dara not only achieved a top ten finish but got a new PB as well! Then making her 5k debut was Eimear with a fantastic run. Matthew clocked up his 25th parkun at the waterworks and I’m confident there will be many more. Great work guys!

Runner Position Time
Oscar Purvis 1 19:42
Dara Cassidy 8 20:43 (PB)
Eimear O’Regan 100 27:53
Matthew Purvis 122 29:44



Well done Dara and Phoebe taking on the hilly Valley parkrun with Phoebe achieving a new PB at the Valley.

Runner Position Time
Charlie McLarnon 13 22:59
Phoebe Reid 61 31:12 (PB)


Sunday 2km Junior Parkrun


Thirteen of our Juniors made the most of a sunny morning to run the Waterworks Junior parkrun. Big shout out to Cassie who was first across the finish line and great seeing one of our girl juniors leading the pack this morning! Also special mentions for three PB’s this morning for Jack, Thomas and Grace – Trust the training!

Runner Position Time
Cassie Curran 1 7:47
Jack O’Neill 3 8:22 (PB)
Finley McCloy 4 8:44
Thomas Weiniger 7 9:09 (PB)
Senan Steele 10 9:23
Isaac Mooney 13 10:00
Oisin Steele 14 10:15
Sophie Weiniger 16 10:44
Rachel Curry 17 10:49
Grace McKenna 20 11:01 (PB)
Emily Gamble 21 11.01
Max Curry 32 12:46
Dara McLaughlin 40 13:52



Runner Position Time
Ethan Wiltshire 8 8:48


*** NI & Ulster Even Age Group Cross Country Championship ***

One of the key cross-country events on the local racing calendar takes place at Billy Neil country park, Comber on Saturday 22nd October. This is a huge event for the club and we really want as many of our juniors to participate.

The link to register with the club is below and closing date is Tuesday 11 October at 5pm; https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1JQvzGaDhSznXWRhxLxrD_OuhZyeZyRdP2w53bUqX73M/edit?usp=sharing

It’s a very simple process and once you have added the child’s name and parents contact details, the club will submit the formal entry and cover the entry fees. As a club its important we have a big presence at this event. This gives the Juniors the chance to experience a provincial final with its great atmosphere and team comradery on the day. The club tent will be there as a meeting point and to help facilitate changing. Coaches will be there to help prepare and brief the runners prior to their races.

Provisional Timetable

Race Distance Start Time
Girls Under 10 1000m 11:00
Boys Under 10 1000m 11:10
Girls Under 12 1500m 11:20
Boys Under 12 1500m 11:35
Girls Under 14 2500m 11:50
Boys Under 14 2500m 12:10
Girls Under 16 3500m 1:20
Boys Under 16 3500m 1:45
Girls Under 18 4000m 2:15
Boys Under 18 5000m 2:40


That’s all for this week. Remember training is every Tuesday and Thursday at the Girls Model track. Primary school kids 6-7 and secondary school kids 7-8. Any assistance is really appreciated on the night to help coaches set up and take down the mobile floodlights.