Club report: February 5th 2017

Mallusk Harriers club report: February 5th 2017.

Time taken to improve oneself is time well spent….

Last Friday, it was 50 days to the Larne Half Marathon, 7 weeks until race day. Some may not need reminded, others may not want reminded, but as anything that is worth doing, having the correct mental ethic will ultimately bear fruit. There are many wise (some old) running heads in Mallusk Harriers, who can be approached if in need of advice or a little reassurance, but most importantly it is good practice to have an idea of how you are going to run, whether on race day or during training. In other words, plan your run, run your plan.

Several Harriers, stand out this week. Young Ben Davidson hit 50 parkruns on Saturday along with Rosalind Stitt who also celebrated with a Valley parkrun PB. Fantastic effort from both of them. Nuala Muldoon finished as 1st lady at the Valley parkrun, then later in the day she crossed the city to finish 2nd in the Derriaghy Cross Country, a truly regal performance from Nuala. In Antrim’s Born 2 Run Series Janet Grew and Clare Teer both smashed PB’s for a 10K.

The weekend results follow…

Saturday 4th February 2017.

Antrim parkrun:

Patricia Curistan’s first run out at Antrim saw her taking 3rd place lady and also the first Harrier home in 23:06. Followed by Odhran Conal Rafferty 26:40 and Nikki Fleck 26:49. Hot on Nikki’s heels was Tina Steele 26:54. Deborah Ewing arrived in 29:27, with Martin McCourt 29:33, Aodh Rafferty 32:12, Anne McCaffrey 33:39, Deirdre Rafferty 33:40 and Mallusk Harrier Antrim Volunteer Elaine Kennedy 46:21.

College Park Maryland (USA):

Mallusk Harriers Danny and Tiffany Donaldson, travelled the furthest this weekend and showed their vest to the American public with Danny finishing 2nd with another sub 20 minutes in 19:40 with Tiffany 29:13, which shows there must be something to those breakfast maple syrup pancakes.


Alex Davidson finished 4th equalling his Valley PB in 20:10. Brendan McGowan was next for Mallusk 24:33. Nuala Muldoon 1st lady 24:42, Ciaran Skillen 25:15, Neil Campbell was breathing hard into Ciaran’s ear coming home in 25:17, Martin McCready 26:44, Paul Skillen 27:22. Joanne Milne was 3rd lady over all in 27:26, Sharon Dunn (Vall PB) 28:30, Laura Campbell 30:28, Chloe Davidson 32:53, Darren Linton 33:41, Alyson Taylor 34:11, Jennifer McCoppin 35:08, Rosalind Stitt (Vall PB) 36:12, Fidelma McCoppin 36:13, Deirdre McCann and Fiona Wylie both hit a Valley PB in 36:39. Lorraine Ann Forsythe 46:21.


Patrick Hamil arrived first for Mallusk in 24:59, Martin Keenan next 26:27, James Hewitt 26:48, Louise Isabella Kennan 28:12, Lisa Marie White 33:34.

A low winter sun between Cookstown and Omagh welcomed the competitors to the Sperrin Harriers Winter Cross Country Series at Drum Manor Forest 10K. Martin McCourt was first for Mallusk in 45:56 with Tom Wylie arriving home in 57:08.

North Down Athletics Club Festival of Cross Country at Castle Park Bangor, saw Ryan McCready home in 5:16 for the Primary School race and Jack McCready 6:55 for the U13s. Superb to see the young Mallusk Harriers putting best foot forward for themselves and the club.

Antrim: B2R.

Born 2 Run reached Antrim on Saturday, and this series seems popular with Mallusk as many of the Harriers arrived for the 5K and 10K races.


Mallusk’s Dermot Boyd was 1st Harrier in 29:47, followed by wife Anne & daughter Catherine Boyd 32:59, Deirdre Rafferty 33:26, Joanne Haddock 38:21.


David Mullan crossed the line first for Mallusk in 47:27, with Patricia Curistan next home in 48:42, followed by Deborah Ewing 51:11. Owen Fulton 51:37, Janet Grew (PB) 52:06, Clare Teer (PB) 52:28, Tina Steele 52:42, Sarah McCafferty 53:30, NikkI Fleck 53:33, Pamela McCafferty 53:39, Elaine Kennedy 54:25, Neil McGlinchey 57:11. Ian Simpson who showed that Guinness can be good for you (or maybe too much of it is bad for you), arrived in 1.01:30, Kelly Carlisle 1.04:44, Lisa Thomson 1.15:23, Mairead O’Hare 1.18:37, Elizabeth Peoples 1.22:11.

Once again Mallusk Harriers have shown what an uplifting bunch of people you are, by supporting each other and the club.

Apologises to any member who may have been missed from this week’s report.

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