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North Belfast Harriers Junior Report 31st Oct – 6th Nov


NI & Ulster Uneven Age Group Cross Country Championship

On a sunny day nestled among the glens of East Donegal, 23 Juniors participated in the NI & Ulster Uneven Cross-Country championship at the Finn Valley course in Stranrolar. While the weather was pleasant, the rain in the preceding days ensured there was plenty of good sticky Donegal mud in all the right places thus giving all our juniors a good challenge.

Great effort by all of the Juniors on the day, every stag gave it 100% from crossing the start line to getting over the finish. Some great experience for our juniors and a few exceptional runs have meant some of our runners have automatically qualified for the All Ireland Uneven Cross Country finals in Cork.

Huge congratulations to Roise Roberts who took first place in the girls U19 therefore is the new Ulster & NI U19 champion and will be a contender for All Ireland glory down in Cork in a few weeks’ time. Two great runs by Thomas Coy (U13 boys) and Holly Collins (U17 girls) meant they automatically qualified as Ulster qualifiers for the All Ireland finals as well.

We may well have a few more qualifiers depending on Antrim qualifiers so keep an eye on that, coaches will advise when qualifiers receive confirmations.

The full list of those who ran in Donegal and results are below.

  Place Time
Girls U11 – 1200m    
Emily Gamble 35 5:57
Eimear Coy 72 6:41
Boys U11 – 1200m    
Ethan Wiltshire 21 5:11
Dualta McGleenan 30 5:19
Cillian McConnell 77 6:16
Girls U13 – 2000m    
Isla Wiltshire 25 8:25
Eimear O’Regan 76 9:53
Boys U13 – 2000m    
Thomas Coy 11 7:22
Alex Reid 40 7:52
Senan McConnell 76 9:05
Girls U15 – 3000m    
Treasa McConnell 47 13:47
Cliona McGinley 63 14:47
Boys U15 – 3000m    
Ryan Donaldson 31 11:44
Charlie McLarnon 47 12:33
Cathal McManus 70 13:50
Oran Steele 73 16:53
Girls U17 – 4000m    
Holly Collins 12 16:42
Boys U17 – 4500m    
Eoin McConnell 22 15:01
Oscar Purvis 24 15:06
Lorcan McCann 39 16:21
Declan McGinley 50 18:36
Girls U19 – 4000m    
Roise Roberts 1 15:02
Boys U19 – 6000m    
Odhran Rafferty 15 24:18

Saturday 5km Parkrun


Seven Juniors tackled the Waterworks 5km parkrun on a damp Saturday morning and great running from all of them. First Junior home was Dara in a very impressive time. Special shout out to Ruarcc for a great run and time on what was his 5km parkrun debut.

Our next big shout out goes to Tom for a fantastic PB time, demolishing his previous best (from June this year) by an incredible 1 minute 21 seconds, well done young man!

Runner Position Time
Dara Cassidy 14 21:09
Ruarcc Sheridan 21 22:11
Jack O’Neill 25 22:25
Tom McLoughlin 27  22:37 *PB*
Cormac Leheny 29 22:41
Matthew Purvis 72 26:29
Eva McLoughlin 113 29:19


Sunday 2km Junior Parkrun


Well done to all eight of our Juniors who completed the Waterworks Junior Parkrun on Saturday. Two special mentions though. Well done Cassie for not only being the first over the line but a new PB for added shine taking eight seconds off her previous PB.

However our next girl to cross the line was not to be outdone with Grace also getting a new PB knocking 45 seconds off her previous PB. Well done girls, the training and hard work is paying off.

Runner Position Time
Cassie Curran 1 7:33 *PB*
Jack O’Neill 4 8:22
Senan Steele 13 9:56
Finley McCloy 14 10:08
Grace McKenna 16 10:09 *PB*
Phoebe Reid 18 10:41
Dara McLaughlin 36 15:56
Clodagh Fahy Duckett 39 16:22



Well done to Ronan over at Musgrave Park juniors Parkrun in the South of the city.

Runner Position Time
Ronan O’Neill 16 12:48


Upcoming Cross Country Race – Malcolm Cup XC

On Sunday the 27th November the Malcolm Cup XC returns to the Dub Playing fields in South Belfast. This is a well run and enjoyable (as well as convenient) event for the Juniors and last year we had several of the juniors pick up some silverware.

Prizes are awarded to the first 6 boys & girls in each race and age category.

U13 boys & girls race is at 1:15 – 1 mile – Entry is £3 –

U15/17 boys and girls race is at 1:40 – 2 miles – Entry is £3

Further details and registration can be done via the following link:


Training continues 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 to help coaches set up and take down the mobile floodlights each evening so if you can arrive early or stay a few minutes later, its always appreciated.

Finally, big congratulations to Juniors coach and regular report writer Ciaran Brown who completed the New York marathon on Sunday in an impressive time of 4 hours 7 minutes. Safe to say a few cold ones were enjoyed in the Big Apple on Sunday evening and we hope Ciaran managed to get an upgrade for an extra legroom seat on the six hour flight home if not already kicking back in first class!