Wednesday 16th August saw the 50th Anniversary of the sub 4 minute mile in Northern Ireland at Paisley Park in Belfast. The invitational event hosted by Albertville Harriers and attended by Dame Mary Peters saw four of our Mallusk Harriers proudly display the club vest in the re-enactment of the 1 mile race, with North Belfast Harrier’s John Black winning the inaugural Kip Keino Mile Cup in a time of 4:53.
Saturday 19th August 2017.
Dam busters Half Marathon:
First Harrier home at Silent Valley was Danny Donaldson in a magnificent 1.32:02, 1st Mallusk lady was Suzanne Brennan with a PB and a sub two hour in 1.57:55. Tiffany Donaldson 2.40:27 just stole the line, as nothing could separate Catherine Boyd & Anna Marie Nolan in 2.40:29.
Dam Busters 10K:
Mallusk’s Joe Mathers performed superbly with the hilly conditions in 41:29.
A big congratulations to Robert and Robbie Gould who both completed 100 parkruns on Saturday, with the 100th being at Waterworks.
At the Loughshore 1st Harrier was Alan Kerr in 23:32, junior Ryan McCready 28:26 who nicked the lead in front of Dad Neil in 28:41, next home was Ian Simpson with PB in 31:46, with Dawn Dubois 40:55.
parkrun thanks Mallusk Volunteers Deborah Ewing, Tina Steele.
Bere Island County Cork:
Only a mile off the rugged south west coast of Ireland in the village of Rerrin, Mallusk’s Martin McCready did his best to hide from The Insider this week, but to no avail, finishing in 24:26.
Two Mallusk Juniors in they’re first ever parkrun’s were Owen Miller 30:34, Ryan Millar 38:57. Welcome to parkrun land guys.
Newcastle Upon Tyne:
In the Exhibition Park a little north of the city centre and the River Tyne, Harrier Stephen Weir arrived in 29:11.
Running barefoot along the East Strand this weekend was Mallusk Junior Sophie Davidson in 32:24. Brother Ben arrived next in 32:30, with sister Chloe a PB in 33:56. Dad Alex not running barefoot for fear of jelly fish also finished in 33:56.
Outside the echoing halls’ of Parliament Buildings were Mallusk’s Kelly Carlisle in 30:36, with Duncan Baxter 33:31.
1st Harrier at the local parkrun was Terrence McIvor with a PB in 23:43, 1st lady at the Valley this week was our own Sharon Dunn with a PB in 26:02, next Alastair Houldsworth 26:03, with Junior Ethan Hutchinson 26:16, Leeanne Hutchinson with a PB in 29:33. Close behind Yasmin Lynn 29:51, next Lisa Kerr 30:58, and Dermot Boyd 32:21. Frances Kane arrived in 32:49, with Clare Teer 47:18.
parkrun thanks Mallusk Volunteer Owen Fulton.
Like a scene from the Jarrow March, as over 30 Mallusk Harriers descended on North Belfast this weekend. 1st Harrier home was Patrick McGuickin in 20:19, Matthew Cromie next in 20:40, with Alan Ladd 21:20. Kevin Donnelly 22:16, Robbie Gould 22:22. 1st lady over all was our own Laura Rose with a PB in 22:44. Noel Bloomfield pushed on for a PB in 22:54. Susan Thompson next 23:32, just ahead of Ken McAuley 23:33. Patrick Hamil 26:05, James Hewitt 26:08, Ian Brennan 26:12, Maeve Kennedy 26:45, Paul Skillen 26:47, Neil Campbell 26:51, Robert Gould 27:05, Anthony McKeating 27:22, Elaine Kennedy 29:17, Jackie McCreesh 30:01. Then arrived a series of PB’s, Marie McFarlane with a PB in 30:02, Tracey Whittley with a PB in 30:42, Fiona Wylie with a PB in 31:24, Alyson Taylor 32:06, Debbie Sterritt with a PB in 32:24. Neil McGlinchey 32:36, Leeanne Skillen 32:58, Laura Campbell 32:59, Jennifer McCoppin 33:26, Maureen Ward with a PB in 33:39, David McCavana 35:26, Rosalind Stitt 35:31, Deirdre McCann 36:51, Miriam Clarke 41:50, Margaret Craig 42:21.
Sunday 20th August 2017.
At Lewis Square in the east of the city Harrier Ian Brennan finished in an impressive 53:21, with Karen Jamison 1.16:29.
Having visited the city many times over the past two decades, a little over ten years ago this collator had the privilege to run a third marathon and a PB in the Catalan capital. The final few miles of the race meander through the medieval narrow entanglement of streets in the Barri Gotic, before swinging onto the elaborate treeline boulevard of Las Ramblas (La Rambla in Catalan); which slopes downward and away from Placa de Catalunya with its boutique hotels, street cafes and Art Nouveau architecture protagonized by Antoni Gaudi. All the way to the cooling onshore breeze of the Mediterranean, where the monument of Christopher Columbus towers above pointing far out to sea. The final mile brings the runner once more inland finishing at Placa d’Espanya and the magical dancing waters under the watchful gaze of the Palace of Montjuic. Where many years previous Freddie Mercury and Queen along with Montserrat Caballe mesmerised their audience with a rendition of Barcelona.
#Barcelona en nuestros corazones. (in our hearts).
Until next week.