Club Report: 9th April 2017

A run begins, the moment you forget that you are running….

Many Harriers returned to parkrun this weekend, and with their various aspects of training, many continued to push the barriers from previous unknown times. Again the term personal best, is becoming synonymous to the vest of Mallusk as once more PBs’ were shattered.

Saturday 8th April 2017.


Debbie Ewing cruised along the shores of Lough Neagh in a time of 27:04, with Tina Steele close behind 27:08.

Colin Glen:
In the west of the city Patricia Curistan got her PB in 23:42.

Forest Rec:
Our very own sheriff of Nottingham was Danny Donaldson’s sub 20 time of 19:38, with Maid Marion Tiffany Donaldson in 30:19.

Patrick McGuckin finished with the 3rd podium place and a PB in 19:00, Duncan Baxter preparing for London in a few weeks cantered around the park in 30:57.

There was a trip to the north coast and a paddle in the sea for Anna Marie Nolan’s 50th parkrun celebration. Elaine Kennedy enjoyed the salt air in 26:48, with Dermot Boyd 33:36, wife Anne 35:56, Anna Marie Nolan 41:17, Catherine Boyd & Kelly Carlisle sharing 41:19 with Joanne Haddock 41:20.

Rhodes (Sydney)
The furthest travelled Mallusk Harrier for a parkrun award this week goes to Nikki Fleck who went down under, completing her parkrun while most of us were in bed with a time of 26:19.

Storming across the finish line was Susan Thompson who was 2nd lady at Stormont in 22:36. Marie McFarlane next in 30:45 with Fidelma McCoppin a PB also with 30:45. Fiona Wylie 31:45, Darren Linton 32:30. Rosalind ‘PB’ Stitt with yet another PB 34:16. Deirdre McCann 37:07.

The local parkrun at the Valley was another location for a plethora of PBs, starting with Alastair Houldsworth with a PB in 20:08. Brendan McGeown PB 22:31. Liam McGowan 23:40. Clare Teer celebrated as 1st lady in her category with a PB in 24:44. Ciaran Skillen just behind 24:45, with brother Paul 24:55. Sharon Dunn 27:54 and sister Joanne Milne 28:06, Neil Campbell a breath behind 28:07, Neil McGlinchey 28:39. Alyson Taylor with a PB 30:34 and also Debbie Sterritt a PB in 31:26.
A big parkrun thankyou to Mallusk volunteers Lorraine Anne Forsythe and Owen Fulton.

Mallusk’s Alex Davidson again pushed his body to not only a sub 20 but a PB in 18:30. Matthew Cromie 22:22, Jack McCready with a PB in 23:33 and father Neil a PB 23:42. Sharon McCavana 25:00, Maeve Kennedy 26:03, James Hewitt 27:06, David McCavana 33:24.

Castleward B2R
One of the most picturesque settings for a race took place on the shores of Strangford on Saturday with the Born 2 Run Castleward 10K. Darren Taggart 55:33 and Hilary Faith 1.01:41 were our Harriers involved.

Sunday 9th April 2017.

Titanic 10K
Queens Island now renamed as Titanic Quarter saw Mallusk’s Mark Smith close the gap on the leaders in the 10K race with an impressive 36:42. Gareth Mcloughlin 47:42, Maeve Kennedy 52:20.

Palm Sunday brought out the runners before Easter with the Rabbit Run at Loughshore, Mallusk’s Brian McDonald was 1st Harrier in 24:31, with Karen Jamison the 1st female Mallusk Harrier in a time of 27:03, Ian Simpson 30:55, Rosalind Stitt 33:36, Joanne Haddock 42:45, Kelly Carlisle also 42:45, Deborah Finlay 44:51, Theresa Corrigan 44:54.

Stena Line Triathlon
Dedicated training pushes the body to preform in all aspects of sport and a big well done to star tri-athletes Mallusk Harriers Hillary Faith 1.36:13 and Frances Kane 2.06:03.

Hopefully everyone has been included for this week.

Therefore I wish all our Mallusk Harriers a Happy Easter.

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Club Report: Sunday 2nd April 2017

April 1st: Let us be thankful for fools, but for them, the rest of us could not succeed.

As the long road of marathon training continues, the marathon runner can sometimes begin to doubt oneself. Sometimes the body does not want to do this. As you run it can tell you to stop.
But the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must adapt to the pain and you must concentrate on your strategy, but what will get you through most of all, is the sheer determination and will to succeed.

Longer evenings brings plenty of more opportunities to run, and the Queens 3K, 5K around the river is traditionally the curtain raiser for night races. Once more Mallusk Harriers rallied themselves, and on a school night!

Wednesday 29th March 2017:

Queens 3 K
Jack McCready pushed on for Mallusk in 12:44 and Mairead O’Hare with an impressive 20:26.

First Harrier home for Mallusk was Mark Smith with an excellent 17:47 and Danny Donaldson 18:13, being pushed by Alex Davidson 18:27. Matthew Cromie 19:23, Matt Allen 20:39. Ciaran Skillen 20:48, with Andrew Diver 21:32 splitting the two brothers as the more mature Paul Skillen arrived in 22:36. David Mullan 23:02, Neil McCready 24:17, Catherine Mullan 24:27, Patrick Hamil 24:48, Lisa Marie White 26:56, Tiffany Donaldson PB 27:36, Duncan Baxter 28:08, Dermot Boyd 31:34, Anne Boyd 33:59, Katherine McCloskey 35:03, Joanne Haddock 39:05, Kelly Carlisle 39:06.

As the calendar turned to welcome the new month, the showers as so accustomed to April arrived…..

Saturday 1st April 2017:


Mallusk’s Ken McCauley raced around the Loughshore at Antrim with a PB in 20:25, followed by Elaine Kennedy 27:41

The second lady home overall was Mallusk’s own leading lady Susan Thompson in 23:10.

Kelly Carlisle and Joanne Haddock 42:09, were our sitting MLAs (Mallusk’s Leading Athletes).

With a PB at the Valley was Mallusk’s Gareth McLoughlin 23:43, Owen Fulton next 24:00, Ciaran Skillen 24:32 our 3rd Harrier. Laura Rose 24:41 impressed again as 3rd lady in her category. Paul Skillen 25:22, Sarah McCafferty with a PB in 25:23. Clare Teer 26:23. Our first Junior home was Ben Davidson 27:09 followed by young Christopher Campbell 27:25. Noel Bloomfield 27:26, who split another youngster Ryan McCready with his own PB 29:25. Neil McCready 29:26, just ahead of Junior Chloe Davidson 30:18 with Dad Alex 30:19. Martin McCready 30:26. Lorraine Forsythe 50:48. Carol Leckie 50:50.

A big parkrun thankyou to Mallusk’s volunteers Neil Campbell, Sophie Davidson, Carol Leckie.

Harrier Neil McGlinchey continued his impressive form with a PB in 25:53.

Matthew Cromie led Mallusk’s charge in 22:19, Patrick Hamill 25:16, Sharon McCavana 25:29, Maeve Kennedy 25:57, Maeve McGinley and Fidelma McCoppin 30:02, Alyson Taylor 30:35, Fiona Wylie 33:11, David McCavana 33:38, Rosalind Stitt another PB in 33:59. In his first parkrun young Cole Barrington 35:44, Anna Marie Nolan 35:46, Catherine Boyd 35:46, Deirdre McCann 37:57.

Omagh Half Marathon:
Avoiding the showers in County Tyrone saw Mallusk’s Mark Smith with an astonishing 1.20:54. Danny Donaldson 1.31:55, Catherine Mullan 1.56:49, David Mullan 1.58:31. Tiffany Donaldson with a PB in 2.14:12.

Sunday 2nd April 2017:

Subway Half Marathon:
In his second half marathon of the weekend saw a rematch of the Don-Cromie battle, as Danny Donaldson 1.31:15, pipped Matthew Cromie 1.31:21. Nuala Muldoon 1.48:33. Anna Marie Nolan and Catherine Boyd 2.07:55, Tiffany Donaldson’s second half in 24 hours saw her home in 2.16:56, Kelly Carlisle 2.48:08, Duncan Baxter 2.48:10.

Running with discipline, anything is possible….

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