As nine Harrier Gladiators began the 24 parkruns in 24 hours. It was first blood to the New Zealand All Blacks against the British & Irish Lions. In Aotearoa – The Land of the Long White Cloud – Maori culture plays a significant part of everyday life. As both teams lined up on a cool winter’s evening in Auckland’s Eden Park, the challenge was thrown down to the northern hemisphere tourists and a Kiwi collator dedicated it to a Mallusk Band of Brothers….
Te Timatanga (Haka)
If you aim for the sky you will reach the mountain peaks.
Climb up and thrive along the pathway of knowledge.
For you will achieve excellence spiritually, mentally and physically.
Wednesday 21st June 2017.
Under a heavy laden sky, amid a hot and humid evening on the summer solstice, the Lisburn 10K and Half Marathon took place.
1st in for Mallusk was Joe Mathers in 44:51, with Stephen Semple 50:53. 1st Mallusk lady was Catherine Boyd 53:31, with Nikki Fleck 55:49. Maeve Kennedy in 58:10 and Dermot Boyd 1.06:00. Alyson Taylor & Nicola Hunter Boyd tied on 1.09:07, with Mairead O’Hare 1.19:12. Lisa Thompson arrived in 1.21:41 with Elizabeth Peeples just behind in 1.22:22.
Another remarkable time for Mallusk Harrier Mark Smith in 1.21:07, Danny Donaldson next in 1.34:14. Excelling in the heat was Mallusk’s 1st lady Patricia Curistan in 1.46:03. Stephen Weir was next in 1.59:42. Joanne Milne crossed the line in 2.01:39, with Emma Fagan close behind 2.02:06. Anna Marie Nolan 2.04:04. Clare Teer enjoyed the final few miles to finish in 2.09:58, with Sharon Dunn 2.12:05 and Hillary Faith on her tail in 2.15:29. Karen Jamison next in 2.22:54, with Tiffany Donaldson 2.32:39.
Saturday 24th June 2017.
At Lough Neagh Alan Kerr was 1st for Mallusk in 23:09, Catherine Boyd with a PB in 25:01 and Nikki Fleck 26:23.
On the shores of Lough Foyle and the starting point of 24/24, young Harrier Christopher Campbell gave his father Neil a great send off with a time of 26:54. Laura Rose just behind 26:55, Elaine Kennedy 27:35. Johnathon Ladd (24/24) 28:00, Michael McAuley (24/24) 28:01 with Martin McCready (24/24) a PB 28:01, Paul Skillen (24/24) & Noel Bloomfield tied in 28:02. Three more 24/24 runners Patrick McGuickin, Neil Campbell, Danny Donaldson 28:03, Alan Ladd (24/24) 28:04, Alastair Houldsworth (24/24) and Jennifer Butler 28:05, Alex Davidson 28:06, Tiffany Donaldson 32:33.
Ken McAuley sauntered around the Greater Manchester course in 30:59.
The Self Preservation Society was alive for the parkrun in the Milan district of Sesto San Giovanni which saw junior Harrier Jack McCready home in 30:28, Junior Ryan McCready 31:13 and father Neil McCready 31:15, complete an Italian Job minus the minis, Charlie Croker and the Gold.
Harrier Dave Gibson smashed a PB in the local parkrun in 22:05, Junior Harrier Adam McCann arrived in 25:29. Owen Fulton next 26:51. Junior Harrier Ethan Hutchinson 27:57, Frances Kane 29:45, Fidelma McCoppin 30:55, Lee Anne Hutchinson with PB in 30:57, Katherine McCloskey 38:11. parkrun volunteer Patricia Kane 52:00.
A Victorian parkrun in East Belfast for Harriers Matthew Cromie 19:47 & Lisa Marie White 28:42.
Harrier Stephen Semple ambled around the Waterworks in 23:54, with 1st Mallusk lady Sharon McCavana in 25:29. Patrick Hamil 25:58, Maeve Kennedy 27:13, Jennifer McCoppin 34:39, David McCavana 34:58, Deirdre McCann 38:02, Margaret Craig 39:58, Rosalind Stitt 39:59, Joanne Haddock 42:00.
Twin Peaks Half Marathon Newry:
This unique event started in Camlough village climbing the 423 metre Camlough Mountain and the 576 metre Slieve Gullion Mountain, before eventually picking up the Ring of Gullion Trail. Mallusk’s Nuala Muldoon was our solitary entry with a terrific time of 2.32:43.
Wild Air Inflatable 5K.
Enjoying the inflatables that were dotted around Stormont for the 5K challenge were Ethan and Cole Barrington along with big sister (sorry mother) Anna Marie.
Sunday 25th June 2017.
They did it. 24 parkruns in 24 hours. 72 miles and countless more driven by a tremendous support crew came to an end with a final 3 mile (5K) run around the Lakeland forum on the shores of Lough Erne at a little after 10.15am. Just over 24 hours but still under 25 hours, which saw the Mallusk Band of Brothers start on the banks of the River Foyle at 9.30 the day before and proceed in a clockwise direction to take in the six counties of Northern Ireland.
What lies behind you,
and what lies before you,
are tiny matters,
compared to what lies within you.
Well done guys….
Until next week