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North Belfast Harriers Junior Report 2-9 Oct 2022

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Im happy to report that this might be the clubs biggest ever entry into a junior cross country event.  The excitment has been building over the past few weeks with huge numbers at training and attending local senior and junior parkuns. On my last count we have 63 runners entered for the Even Ulster Champs on the 22nd October.  It will be great to see a swarm of yellow NBH vests in all races. Help will be needed on the day for tent set up, tea and coffee, buns for the kids etc…The aim is to make it as enjoyable as possible for the kids and parents so that entries are big for future races. Thanks at this point must go to all the coaches who give their time up on a regular basis to work with the kids.  The junior section of the club has seen a massive transformation in the last year with numbers attending training at record levels.

The nights have turned dark and miserable again meaning that lights need assembled and dismantled on training sessions. If you have a bit of spare time please help the other parents and coaches.  They need set up at 6pm and taken down again at 8pm.

Ok onto this weeks races.  Lets start with St Mals annual inter school cross country race at Mallusk.  In the year 8 section we had plently of NBH representation with Thomas Coy taking the win closely followed by Cormac Leheny and placing in the top 10 was Senan McConnell.  It was a busy week for the young St Mals runners as they headed south the next day for a school invitational cross country event.  Cormac was the highest finisher in 5th place, Thomas 13th, Ruarcc 21st and Senan 26th.  The boys also picked up the second team prize.

Not to be out done by the younger boys it was the turn of Eoin McConnell and Dara Cassidy.  Eoin was 9th home with Dara chasing him all the way and the team picked up 1st place prize.  This bit of race prep is very valuable in the lead up to the Ulsters. Well done fellas.

Saturday Parkruns

We had a few runners around the Belfast Parkruns at the weekend.  At the Waterworks Dara continued his impressive form coming home in 20.47. Jack O’Neill was next through the funnel in 22.10.  The first girl to cross the line was Caoilainn Curran in 24.02 who just pipped her younger sister Cassie who crossed in a pb of 24.03. Oran Steele was next scanned in 26.44 with young Matthew Purvis sprinting up the home straight finishing in 30.35.

We had a few juniors make the short trip over to Victoria Park. If you havent been there yet its a flat 3 lap course renound for fast times.  First home was Max Reid in a pb of 16.33.  He was followed home by younger brother Alex who also achieved a PB of 19.53.  In next was Cormac Leheny in 20.51 and Phoebe Reid in 31.00.  Remember if you have recently joined the club make sure you change your profile on the Parkrun site.  You will be missed in the results if you dont.

Lastly was the Junior Parkrun.  We always get a great number of the juniors running on a Sunday morning so if you havent made it yet its a 9.30am start at the Waterworks.  Ryan Donaldson was first past the tape in in a Pb of 7.25.  Other Pb’s on the day came from Tom McLoughlin, Phoebe Reid, Grace McKenna. Its great to see plenty of juniors hit form close to the first big cross country of the year. Results are below:

Male

07:25
Male

08:11
Male

09:01
Female

09:59
Female

10:00
Female

10:35
Female

10:54
Female

11:00
Male

12:27
Male

13:05

Ps…keep an eye out for the next sign up form for the Uneven Cross Country race on 5th November in Donegal.  The races will run as U11, U13, U15, U17