Club Report: January 29th 2017

Mallusk Harriers Club Report: January 29th 2017.

If Carlsberg did running clubs…..

They would probably model it on Mallusk Harriers. It may not have been the temperature of North Africa, as it was for Sir John Mills, Sylvia Syms and company in this wartime movie classic, but the weather was ice cold in Antrim for Captain Ian (Anson) Simpson (minus the ambulance) as he gathered the troops, for a Mallusk Harrier parkrun tour on the shores of Lough Neagh, which resulted in another fabulous turnout from the club on Saturday, with Mallusk Harrier Susan Thompson reaching her 50th parkrun (almost one for every year Susan ?) and Matthew Cromie taking one for the club and going as they say, ass over the preverbal into the mud.

24 hours later and the club once more went above and beyond for Meningitis Now, as the Sunday Run, 10 miles at 10am started and finished at club member Janet Grew’s house in Templepatrick. The Cherryburn (Cardio) Challenge raised £432 on the day, with more due via Virgin Money. Many thanks and well done to Janet, Jim and family, for welcoming a group of smelly sweaty runners into their lovely home, who dived into the hot food on offer.

The collated results of the weekend now follow.

Antrim parkrun:

With the fresh cool air came an abundance of Antrim PB’s, as Alex Davidson powered home 1st for Mallusk, ahead of the mighty Don in 19:36, as Danny Donaldson not used with a Mallusk Harrier vest in front of him came shortly behind in 20:15 and Matthew Cromie (3rd) for Mallusk in 20:36. Robert Gould 21:45, Noel Bloomfield (AntPB) 22:53, Robbie Gould 22:54, Susan Thompson & Deborah Ewing 23:34 with Susan pipping Deborah for 3rd lady overall by a hundredth of a second, and Laura Rose (AntPB) 3rd Mallusk lady home in 24:24. Tina Steele & Nikki Fleck (AntPB) 25:28, Martin Keenan 25:44, Ciaran Skillen (AntPB) 25:47, Paul Skillen 26:04, Joanne Milne 26:30, Clare Teer 26:39, Neil McGlinchey 26:55, Ryan McCready (AntPB) 27:39, Sharon Dunn 27:40, Jack McCready 28:01, Lisa Marie White & Tom Wylie 28:14, James Hewitt (AntPB) & Tiffany Donaldson 28:22, Gillian Bainbridge 28:58, Fidelma McCoppin 29:31, Fiona Wylie (AntPB) & Dermot Boyd (AntPB) 30:36, Debbie Sterritt (AntPB) 31:13, Anne Marie Craig 32:30, Sharon Mcauley (AntPB) 33:25, Jennifer McCoppin 34:31, Rosalind Stitt 34:34, Anne Boyd 35:33, Deirdre McCann 35:51, Alan Ladd 40:01, Louise Ladd 40:02, Elaine Kennedy 42:38.

Many thanks to Elaine Kennedy and Martin McCready for volunteering at the Antrim parkrun.


Nuala Muldoon for Mallusk continued her impressive finishing time being the 1st lady overall, crossing the line in 24:19.


Two Harriers showed the vest with Patrick Hamill 24:52 & Darren Linton 33:16.

Another impressive weekend for Mallusk Harriers. Now that calls for a Carlsberg and probably makes this club one of the best in the country.

(Other beers are available).

Footnote: Alan Ladd on Friday ran the Mourne Way Night Edition 10K in 48:08. Impressive time from another great club member.

Apologises to anyone (else) who has been missed out of this week’s report….

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