Club Report: 19th March 2017

Mallusk Harriers Club Report: 19th March 2017:

Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts, and the trail you blaze will leave others in your wake.

Friday 17th March 2017.

St Patrick failed to turn up the dry side of the stone this year, for the annual Craic outing in central Belfast. However many Mallusk Harriers did.

Mark Smith got into the festivities and our 1st Harrier home with an impressive 37:19, with Matthew Allen 2nd in 43:54, and Patricia Curistan 3rd Harrier in 46:13. Sharon McCavana was next 52:16 and Damien McLoughlin 52:52. Karen Jamison 56:38, and Duncan Baxter 59:52 completed the Sub hour runners. Michael McFarlane 1.01:26, with Marie McFarlane just behind 1.01:27. Emma Fagan 1.01:45, Dermot Boyd 1.03:31. Lisa Marie White & Roisin McLaughlin tied in 1.06:50. Jennifer McCoppin 1.07:40, Fidelma McCoppin 1.08:01. David McCavana 1.12:36, Deirdre McCann 1.15:20, Fiona Wylie 1.15:21.

Saturday 18th March 2017.


As many headed off to Larne for the half marathon. Showing strength in depth, several Harriers still managed to turn up for the weekly parkrun.

A struggle ensued on the shores of Lough Neagh, as Fiona Wylie and Fidelma McCoppin 32:33, both dipped for the line ensuring a photograph finish which couldn’t separate the two ladies as they tied for being 1st Mallusk Harrier home. Jennifer McCoppin arrived a few seconds later 32:56. Rosalind Stitt again hit a PB in 33:08, as this reporter runs out of fingers to count the many times this Harrier has smashed records. Deirdre McCann completed the famous five in 39:31.

Patrick Hamil warmed up for the half marathon in 27:04.

Darren Linton was our solitary Harrier in 30:07.

Debbie Sterritt ran around Mallusk’s local parkrun in 32:43.

This week’s man of the east was Neil McCready in 24:30.

Larne Half Marathon:
There must be something about the salt air, which attracts such a large number to Larne Athletic Club’s golden coastal race. This event has just about everything. From sheer rugged cliffs, to a panoramic vista of the sea including through the haze, the hills of Dunfries and Galloway; and for unprepared runners, a tricky, demanding incline which can zap energy from limbs. This race is also a favourite among Team Mallusk, as we sent an Olympic size squad to compete.

Carrying on their dual from last week’s Jimmy’s 10 were Danny Donaldson 1.27:38, who pipped Matthew Cromie 1.29:16, by gun and chip time to 1st Mallusk Harrier position this week. The Don-Cromie Formula One rivalry looks set to continue throughout the summer. Patrick McGuckin just failed to split the atomic pair arriving as 3rd Harrier in 1.30:18. Super Susan Thompson was again the 1st lady of Mallusk in 1.37:51, Robert Gould had Susan in his sights along the promenade as he arrived in 1.38:17. A big welcome back from injury and to the race circuit for Michael McAuley 1.42:38. Brendan McGeown embraced the sea air with a PB 1.43:56. A smiling Nuala Muldoon arrived next 1.47:56. Laura Rose also hit a PB in 1.50:56. Sam Hastings 1.52:57 had a little extra in the tank as he nosed ahead of Deborah Ewing 1.52:59. Catherine Mullan 1.53:28, Alan Kerr 1.53:37 and Noel Bloomfield 1.53:59, continued the Mallusk trickle. David Mullan 1.55:09, Owen Fulton 1.56:22, who paced Janet Grew home in 1.56:24 and to another PB. Clare Teer 1.58:25 was another Harrier who got a half marathon PB. Nikki Fleck 2.01:44, was just inched out on a sub 2 hr. Joanne Milne 2.02:25 competing in her second half marathon within a couple of weeks. Anna Marie Nolan 2.03:30 and Catherine Boyd 2.03:32. Sharon Dunn 2.04:14, like her sister Joanne competing in her second half marathon within a matter of weeks. On Sharon’s tail was Lisa Hamilton in 2.04:15. Husband and wife team Ian and Sarah Dinsmore arrived together in 2.04:48, no doubt after receiving plenty of advice from their cross country competing son Harry. Tina Steele 2.04:55, arrived next still looking fresh. Sarah McCafferty 2.06:13, with mum Pamela McCafferty 2.06:25, who both nipped ahead of a waving Gemma Fowler 2.07:00 and Elaine Kennedy 2.07:03. Gillian Bainbridge 2.09:45 wore a wry smile as she crossed the line. Jennifer Butler 2.15:15, Tiffany Donaldson 2.15:47 and Lisa Marie White 2.15:48 as Mallusk continued to roar home. Kelly Carlisle 2.17:24 cantered home ahead of Laura Campbell & Leeanne Skillen 2.22:01 who showed the onlookers how to take the 13.1 miles in their stride. Ian Simpson 2.45:08 had thoughts of the black stuff as he arrived home. Mairead O’Hare eased over the line in 2.49:28. As did Lisa Thompson 2.56:43 and Elizabeth Peeples 3.06:09.

Running teaches us, that we are capable of so much more than we ever imagined.

Enjoy your week…

The Insider.