Club Report: February 27th 2017

Mallusk Harriers Club Report: February 27th 2017

To Dare Is To Do.

A rather arduous weekend for our dedicated Harriers, as they had to endure a deluge of rain and gales, as winter tightened its grip. In between the double act of storms’ Doris and Ewan, club members participated in local parkrun’s and other events across the country, with maybe a little trepidation. Although with several PBs around, others seemed to embrace the weather as a mind clearing therapy.

As most run to get out of the rain, Mallusk Harriers run to get out IN the rain, and the weekend just gone played out below.

Saturday February 25th 2017:



Robert Gould 21:30, showed his son Robbie 22:00, how it was done when the two of them battled it out at the Antrim parkrun.

Belfast Victoria:

A phenomenal Sub 20 Alex Davidson 18:47, was in no mood for hanging around at Victoria as he smashed another PB.


Elaine Kennedy 27:11, continues progressively, as she steadily tests herself coming back from injury.


Patrick McGuckin 20:47, was our first Harrier home at the Valley in 20:47. A magnificent Patricia Curistan was 2nd for Mallusk and 2nd lady overall with a PB in 23:11. Ciaran Skillen arrived in the same time 23:11. Owen Fulton 23:56, Alan Ladd 24:43, Neil Campbell 25:17, Martin McCready 25:18, Neil McGlinchey 27:39, Ian Dinsmore 27:53.


Sub 20 Danny Donaldson 19:32 was once more our first Harrier home at W/Works. Sharon McCavana next as 1st Mallusk lady 25:46. Neil McCready with a PB in 25:55. Patrick Hamil 26:47. Come rain or shine Tiffany Donaldson hits the parkrun’s and demolished her PB in 28:49. James Hewitt 30:39, Ryan McCready 31:32, Fiona Wylie 33:56, Jennifer McCoppin 33:58, David McCavana 34:10, Rosalind Stitt 34:19.

Stormont Cross Country:

A big Mallusk Harrier well done to the brave Duncan Baxter who tackled the weather and this cross country event in 45:05.

Completing the Primary boys was the valiant Jamie Irwin in 4:55.

In the Primary girl’s event, undaunted by the conditions were the keen spirited Erin Teer 6:09 and Maili Skillen 6:10.

Sunday February 26th 2017:

Castlewellan Born 2 Run:

With the persistent rain and the foreboding Mournes cloaking themselves in a silvery mist, the Born 2 run band wagon rolled into the Country Down country park of Castlewellan.

In the 5K Kelly Carlisle arrived 1st for Mallusk in 43:13 with Joanne Haddock next in 43:15.

For the 10K, Mallusk Harrier Mark Smith finished 10th in a time of 39:55 and David Mullan 56:51.

A wet and windy Carrickfergus was the setting for the East Antrim Marathon Series.

In the half marathon, Matt Allen was first home for Mallusk in a very impressive 1.44:15, with Joanne Milne next Harrier in 2.01:20 and sister Sharon Dunn shortly behind in 2.10:05, a great effort from the three of them in horrendous weather conditions.

However, without the rain, there wouldn’t be a rainbow….

The Insider.

Footnote: Resolution results only NOW being posted, Mallusk’s Jack McCready 27:03 and Patricia Kane 37:23 for the 5K. Jennifer McCoppin 1.13:24 for 10K.