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A close encounter of the running kind…

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A close encounter of the running kind…

How quickly the weeks pass whilst you are in full holiday mode, but here it goes…

The opening race over the holiday period, began with the NI Duathlon race at Victoria Park with the inaugural 5k race on the 12th July, the club had 1 member with Nuala Muldoon completing the race in 23:46, well done Nuala…

Next up on the 15th July was the annual Sea to Sky 10k in Newcastle Co. Down where the club loaned 6 runners to Slieve Donard Mountain. First home for the harriers was Noel Bloomfield returning in 57:49, followed by Dave Gibson 58:46, Catherine Boyd 58:48, Elaine Kennedy 59:33, Jennifer Butler 64:06 and Laura Campbell 70:28.

Parkruns for Saturday 16th July 2016:
Waterworks parkrun – Danny Donaldson 19:05, Matthew Cromie 20:52, James Hewitt 23:44 new PB, Patrick J Hamill 26:07, Tiffany McAllister 28:58 new PB, Dorothy Ramsey 39:33
Antrim – Tom Wylie 28:00, Martin McCready 28:04, Kelly Forsythe 30:31
Valley – Collecting first place home was our very own Neil Campbell in a time of 20:27 next home in 5th place after collecting 3rd in his age category in a 10k race in New York was Alan Ladd returning in 21:24. Matthew Lavery 23:03, 2nd lady home, Nuala Muldoon 24:01, Louise Keenan 25:31, Paul Skillen 25:41 completing his 50th parkrun, Ben Davidson 26:37, Noel Bloomfield 26:41, Laura Rose 27:39, Sarah McAuley 27:53 new PB, Jackie McCreesh 27:59, Keith Thompson 28:12 new PB, Lisa Hamilton 28:25 new PB, Jennifer Butler 29:08, Fidelma McCoppin 30:40, Chloe Davidson 32:04, Jennifer Mc Coppin new PB 34:24, Deirdre Lavery 34:37 new PB, Tail runner – Lorraine Ann Forsythe 52:21.
Larne – Sarah Dinsmore 27:51.

Across the pond, of course whilst on holidays in Florida, there’s only one thing that is a must and that is to do the Clermont Waterfront parkrun. The club’s Brendan and Roseann Mc Geown took on the 5k run, Benny retuning in 24: 45 and Roseann in 36:22, very well done folks hope you enjoyed the rest of the holidays.

Tuesday 19th saw the Portaferry 10mile road race and relay, where the club had Matthew Cromie and Michael McAuley taking on the relay. Earlier that day the run for the lads was put in jeopardy when Matthew was taken off his bike by a motorist, luckily no harm done to Matthew but the bike came off worse. Race they must, with a flip of the coin Michael ran the first leg with Matthew bringing the vest home. The lads put in a stirling performance and finished in 2nd place of the relay places in a time of 71mins, very well done lads…

Parkruns for 23rd July 2016:
Waterworks parkrun – Matthew Cromie 20:49, Susan Thompson 21:13, Big ‘gentleman Jim’ Hewitt running his 50th parkrun in 23:39 and notching up a new PB, Patrick J Hamill 25:04, Laura Rose 27:27, Jennifer Butler 28:48, Noel Bloomfield 28:49, Alan Magee 29:20, Alyson Taylor 30:13, Maeve McGinley 30:39, Laura Hutcheson-Magee 32:42, Emma Thompson 36:41, Julie Fittis 38:29, Joanne Haddock 39:02, Maili Skillen 40:03, Leeanne Skillen 40:04
Belfast Victoria parkrun – Robert Gould 21:58, Robbie Gould 26:41, Jennifer McCoppin 44:23, Rosalind Stitt 44:24.
Falls parkrun – David Mullan 26:00.
Larne – Sarah Dinsmore 25:54.
Carrickfergus parkrun – Ben Davidson 30:14, Chloe Davidson 30:14 and Dermot Boyd 33:06.
Valley parkrun – Alex Davidson 22:13, Patricia Curistan 23:20, Nuala Muldoon 23:39, Sarah McCafferty 29:13, Pamela McCafferty 29:16, Tom Wylie 37:46, Fidelma McCoppin 48:25.

Friday 22nd saw the Dalriada 5k and 10k race in Glenarm and the club had 3 runners taking on both runs. Club junior, Jack McCready ran right to the line in a great time of 27:11, very well done wee man…!!! On to the 10k, with Jack’s ‘great’ uncle Martin McCready returning in 46:08 in 24th place, Martin was outdone by his close friend Patrick McGuckin, Patrick finished in 12th place in 42:30… did I say ex-best friend, running off and leaving your mate to fend for himself, tut tut…

The Dervock 10k and half marathon ran on the 23rd July with the club having 6 runners taking on 10k and half Marathon and the lads and lassies returning with some smashing times, for what is a tough testing course. Darren Taggart and Catherine completed the 10k, with Darren in 50:59 and Cat going home in 54:15, great running folks…
On to the half … Danny has been competing in every half marathon in the series and has been putting in some absolutely smashing times, Dervock run was no different… Danny returned in overall 15th place in a time of 1hr 27mins, cracking run Danny very well done sir…!!! Deborah Ewing arrived home in 1hr 58, followed by Elaine Kennedy in 2 hrs and 21 seconds and Tina Steele came home in 2hrs 11mins.

On Sunday the club were extremely proud to be asked to help volunteer and marshal, by race organiser and club member Nuala Muldoon in a cracking 10k run with a bit of difference all in aid of the charity Action on Hearing Loss. First up the 2k race and fun run, the club had two club juniors running alongside Louise Ladd and little 2 year old Aaron Ladd joining in, indeed young Aaron showing his dad Alan he is soon to have some competition. Ellen Butler came home in 6th place. Ellen was followed by Maili Skillen in 11th place, smashing stuff ladies and young Aaron…

In the 10k, 6 members braved the climb for the scenic views with Alan Ladd coming across the line for the Harriers in 47:26, closely followed Mathew Cromie 48:00, Michael McAuley 48:33, Susan Thompson 51:14, Sarah McAuley 65:17, Duncan Baxter 71:03 and Laura Campbell 73:04, absolutely great running folks.

The final shout out for the week goes to Darren Taggart and Cat Boyd… With the Dervock 10k not hard enough, both club members took on the Blood, Sweat and Tears 10k in the mud, well each to their own I say…

Again apologies if any of our runners have been missed out in this week’s report, as I am sure someone may have been overlooked…
Safe running to you all, ‘pay it forward…’ and remember ‘Right to the Line…’

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