Club Report: 26th November 2017

Xmas is coming and the goose is not the only thing getting fat as many Harriers seem to be preparing for winter hibernation.
Local parkruns were hit by the weather for the first time this winter with only Stormont, Queens and Victoria left unscathed.
Stormont parkrun:
Danny Donaldson 20:33, Nuala Muldoon 23:49, Sir Martin McCready 24:10, Joseph Eager 26:40, Stephen Semple 26:52, Tiffany Donaldson 32:34

Victoria parkrun:
Joe Mathers 20:28, Lisa Brown 23:04, Terry McIvor 24:25, David Esler 26:37, Aimee Fleck 36:34, Nikki Fleck 36:44, Lucy Fleck 43:16 (great family effort)

Queens parkrun:
Elaine “Iceland not Tesco” Kennedy 51:31

This week’s parkrun tourist was Kevin Donnelly who made it to the Hove parkrun in Brighton and came home in a very respectable 20:46.

Final parkrun mention goes to Jamie Campbell, who turned up for his first ever Junior parkrun only for it to be cancelled.
Fair play Jamie but that’s a life lesson right there son. Not everything comes to those who deserve it. It’s a cruel world out there and the sooner you grasp that, the better. Happy Xmas by way too, hope Santa is good to you. (It’s been a long hard week, okay!)

The Harriers finished off their Saturday at the ever popular Seeley 10k in Ormeau Park.
The club was well represented with 20 runners taking part. A few first timers at this distance and a few PBs so well done to all:
Mark Smith 35:10, Patrick “doesn’t look a day over 40” McGuckin 39:32, Paul “run like a girl” Skillen 48:46, Suzanne Brennan 48:47PB, Stephen Semple 49:03, Ian “closing the gap” Brennan 50:06PB, Tony McKeating 50:12PB, Nikki “faster without those pesky kids” Fleck 52:43, Maeve Kennedy 54:39, Roisin Brooks 55:49, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 58:20PB, Marie McFarland 1:00:53, Fiona Wylie 1:00:59, Fidelma McCoppin 1:01:07, Maureen Ward 1:08:10PB, Josi McKeating 1:08:10PB, Claire Skillen 1:21:54, Rosalind Stitt 1:22:27, Miriam Clarke 1:22:29, Patricia Kane 1:23:08

As many Harriers swap trainers for bar stools at this time of year (you know who you are Brennans) the coaches have asked me to point out that there are calories available from sources other than alcohol. Maybe, but why.
As I said, it’s been a long week, so just remember, people are like a slinky, twisted and annoying.
But you can’t help but smile as they fall down the stairs.
(I will hit any young people who had to google what a slinky was)

Here’s a jolly tune though:

Until next week, behave.


Club Report: Sunday 12th November 2017

Another fun-filled week has passed in the life of the Mallusk Harriers. The club held it’s Handicap Race again and members headed off to races as far away as Athens, Fairview in Dublin and, er, Tollymore.

So, onto the results:

Waterworks parkrun:
Matthew Cromie 20:31, Ryan Clarke 21:03, Robbie Gould 21:49, Stephen Semple 23:16, Patrick Hamill 25:25, Joseph Eager 26:31, Maeve Kennedy 26:33, Fiona Wylie 30:27, Jennifer McCoppin 32:18, Maureen Ward 32:19, Freda Stubbs 32:30, Tiffany Donaldson 34:03, Danny “Clever Boy” Donaldson 34:04, Rosalind Stitt 34:23, Deirdre McCann 38:13, Miriam Clarke 39:44

Valley parkrun:
Ciaran Skillen 27:06, Clare Teer 28:20, Frances Kane 29:44, Owen Fulton 30:35, Stephen Weir 31:22, Debbie Sterritt 31:51, Marie McFarlane 31:53, Fidelma McCoppin 31:54, Erin Teer 39:36

Victoria parkrun:
Alex Davidson 19:08, Ben Davidson 21:58

Falls parkrun:
Susan Thompson 25:10, Ken McAuley 25:10
It is believed that Ken went out to celebrate matching Susan’s time and has not been seen since. Please keep a look out.

Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 27:53, Nikki Fleck 38:44, Aimee Fleck 38:47, Lucy Fleck 43:43
(Could’ve let them beat you Nikki!)

Fairview parkrun:
The Brennans headed to Dublin for what seems to be a lot of drinking in green sports tops. Rugby may have been involved but this is yet to be proven.
Suzanne Brennan 24:49, Ian Brennan 24:56
Ian, your day will come. And when it does, men all across the club will sing your name.

Club 5k Handicap Race
Later on, Saturday brought the second running of the club 5k Handicap Race, once again expertly organised by Professor Ladd, the Harry Potter of the statistical world.
As with most things in life, certainly in mine, it was dominated by the females.
The first 5 finishers were all female with top honours going to Sophie Davidson, our second junior winner in a row. In second place was Hannah Hope and third place went to Gillian Bainbridge.
10 of our 25 runners achieved 5k PBs so well done to them and to all 25 who ran and the many others who came along to support, photograph and generally catch the flu.
Full timings are in the Newsletter section of Team App.

26Extreme Tollymore Trail Marathon Events
Our adopted head-the-ball, Micky McAuley, took on the Ultra distance and completed it in an amazing 7:00:23 although you think he would have tried to knock off that 23 seconds. Next time Michael, next time.
Our female header-in-chief, Nuala Muldoon, calmed down for once and tackled the Half Marathon option, finishing in 1:56:56
Hilary Faith stuck to one discipline for a change and completed the 10k in 1:04:25.
Athens Marathon
Our Club Chairman and Head Coach decided that Tullymore wasn’t good enough for them and, for people of their standing, nothing would do but to head back to the cradle of the madness that is 26.2.
They both took on a tough course from Athens to the town of Marathon. (Rumours it has recently taken on a sponsorship deal and changed its name to Snickers have been denied by Greek authorities).
Cat finished in 4:26 and Alan in 4:41. Well done to you both. Enjoy the aftermath.
Although I know Cat in particular has at least another 90 mins of pain to go through before the day is over #GAWA.

So that ends another eventful, female dominated week in the life of the Mallusk Harriers. Gents, please raise your games and try to claw back at lease a smidgeon of dignity.

This week, I leave you with a tribute to those that made the trip to Athens in the hope it will ease their pain:

Until next week, behave.


Club Report: 5th November 2017

Well, Newsie has had to step down from reporting duties, allegedly entering rehab for a bad Shot Blok habit, so whilst he/she is incapacitated, you’ll have to put up with me.
You’ve had the funny one and the poetic one, now it’s the bitter and twisted one. I’m the uncle nobody talks about, the one you hope you don’t sit beside at the Xmas dinner.

So, onto the results:

Waterworks parkrun:
This weekend celebrated the 7th anniversary of parkrun in Ireland, Waterworks being the first back in 2010. 328 runners turned up to join the celebrations and Mallusk Harriers were more than ably represented by 33 runners and many more supporters, several still sporting post-Dublin hangovers.
Also not forgetting that Jack McCready celebrated his 50th parkrun by once again beating his Da. Obviously still not boring.

Alex Davidson 19:12, Kevin Donnelly 19:38PB, Robbie Gould 23:02, Laura Rose 23:17, Susan Thompson 23:25, Ken McAuley 23:26, Matthew Cromie 23:39, Eamon Donaghy, 24:00, Nuala Muldoon 24:05, Brendan McGeown 25:20, Patrick Hamill 25:35, Nicki Fleck 25:35, Robert Gould 25:39, Jack McCready 26:10, Martin McCready 26:15, Yasmin Lynn, 26:20, Terry McIvor 26:20, Sharon McAvana 26:35, Joseph Eager 27:08, Stephen Semple 27:09, Maeve Kennedy 27:29, Anna Seaward 27:58PB, Angela Stevens 28:10 (self-declared, no barcode!) Ryan McCready 29:32, Neil McCready 29:33, Neill “Boker” McGlinchey 29:36, Chris “Beat the Da” Campbell 31:53, Neil “Loser” Campbell 31:57, Patrick McGuckin 32:02, Danny “Why does this woman keep following me” Donaldson 32:03, Tiffany “Has he not gone yet” Donaldson 32:41, Anna-Marie Nolan 32:42, Claire Skillen 38:29

Valley parkrun:
Well done to Patricia Kane on reaching the 100 mark this weekend.
Tom Fleming 20:53, David Esler 28:15, Frances Kane 29:19, Clare Teer 29:49, Michelle Kerr 31:16, Fiona Wylie 32:32, Debbie Sterritt 32:39, Freda Stubbs 33:36, Fidelma McCoppin 33:37, Alison Rogers 34:14, Sharon Thompson 35:11, Patricia Kane 37:38, Jennifer McCoppin 37:38, Miriam Clarke 39:16, Rosalind Stitt 39.17

Queens parkrun:
Carol Leckie 26:24, Elaine Kennedy 27:50

Antrim parkrun:
Alan “Lonely pint” Kerr 24:21

Carrickfergus parkrun:
Michael McFarlane 25:49, Owen Millar 29:20

Taking on the latest Born to Run trail race at Minnowburn were:
5k: Dermot Boyd 32:10, Kelly Carlisle 44:03, Joanne Smyth also at 44:03.

10k: Catherine Mullan 1:00:04, Elaine Kennedy 1:01:35 (2nd run of the day), Louise Ladd 1:03:04, Duncan Baxter 1:05:03, Stephen Weir 1:10:18, Jenni Reilly 1:14:48

Several runners headed east this morning for the race with no results (big friggin’ help) that is the Decathlon 10k. So far, these are the results I know of:
Alan Ladd 44:40, Kevin Donnelly 45:22, Neil McCready 46:14PB (regaining a smidgeon of self-respect after his mauling from Jack the previous day) Laura Rose 47:02PB – an amazing, and possibly unhinged effort, given her result in Dublin only a week ago, Suzanne Brennan 49:58, Nicki Fleck 51:50, Karen Jamison 59:01.
Also running, but with no time known were Nicola Hunter-Boyd, Tracy Whittley, Patrick McGuckian, Marie McFarlane, Michael McFarlane, Joanne Milne. (PM with time to update)

The XC runners (our very own lunatic fringe) were in action and mud at the EAH McConnell Shield event:
Mark Smith 30:11, Lee O’Boyle 35:04, Terry McIvor
Nuala Muldoon 23:49, Sarah Knowles 24:14, Yasmin Lynn (another 2 in a day lunatic) 29:23

Finally, not satisfied with the XC, Lee O’Boyle also took on the trails around Garvagh Forest today, recording a 10k time of 44:00 (wearing bib 44 – spooky!)

So, a typically quiet weekend for the Harriers.
You’ve probably, like me, got the Sunday evening blues so here is a little treat from me to you. It’s nothing to do with running, its only cus it’s my first week and it definitely doesn’t mean I like you, cus I don’t.

“If you never have a ‘bad’ day, you’re probably doing something wrong; if you never have a ‘good’ day, you’re definitely doing something wrong.”

Until next week, behave.


[Note from editor: big thanks to our last Newsie who did a brilliant job over the past few months pulling the weekly report together and sourcing all the results 👋👋]

Club Report 29-Oct-17 


Waterworks: Patrick McGuikin 20.15, Neil Mccready 23:01, Matthew Cromie 23:14, Jack McCready 25:33, Patrick Hamill 25:45, Joseph Eager 25:50, Stephen Semple 25:51, Ian Brennan 26:40, Maeve Kennedy 27:33, Anna Seaward 29:55, Roisin McLaughlin 30:01, Marie McFarlane 30:05, Fiona Wylie 31:13 PB, Maureen Ward 31:43PB, Freda Stubbs 32:59 PB, Sharon McCavana 36:08, Deirdre McCann 41:12, Miriam Clarke 44:24, Suzanne and Hollie Brennan 50:19 (TailWalker)

Stevenage: Kelly Carlisle 31:07

Victoria: Ben Davidson 25:27, Alex Davidson 26:08

Falls: Susan Thomson 23:59

Antrim: Alan Kerr 23:57, Nikki Fleck 40:01, Aimee Fleck 40:01, Lucy Fleck 44:27

St Anne’s: Anna-Marie Nolan 28:54, Elaine Kenndy 28:55, Martin Michael McCready 28:57

Valley: Robert Gould 22:42, Eamonn Donaghy 23:02, Gareth McLouglin 24:46, Gabriella McMillan 25:34PB, Frances Kane 30:54, Owen Fulton 31:15, Debbie Sterritt 32:53, Alyson Taylor 33:05, Stephen Weir 33:11, Maeve McGinley 35:57, Rosalind Stitt 39:08, Patricia Kane 39:09.

Tooting Common: Fidelma McCoppin 30:54

Bobby Rea Memorial, Kilbroney Cross Country, Rostrevor (Saturday 28th)

A very up and down course but not so muddy

Female Seniors (5 km): Nuala Muldoon 23:35, Suzanne Brennan 24:16, Yasmin Lynn 27:53
Male Seniors (8km): Mark Smith 27:21, Lee O’Boyle 31:27, Kevin Donnelly 31:35, Terry McIvor 37:35

Cross Country Team still looking recruits especially female!
Next 2 League Races are: Ballyclare 2nd December and Cookstown 9th December.

Saintfield 10k (Saturday 28th): Duncan Baxter 1:05:10

Dublin Marathon! *(Sunday 29th): Finally the culmination of months of hard work for many club members.

Neil Campbell 3:20:11, Alex Davidson 3:21:21, Joe Mathers 3:30:08, Patricia Curistan 3:43:45, Brendan McGeown 3:44:12, Laura Rose 3:47:33, Dave Gibson 3:57:00, Paul Skillen 3:59:02, Matthew Allen, 3:59:39, Sarah Knowles 4:01:04, Ken McAuley 4:10:32, Nuala Muldoon 4:15:43, Noel Bloomfield 4:20:43, Gillian Bainbridge 4:25:00, Roisin Brooks 4:25:26, Sharon Dunn 4:33:41, Anne-Marie Nolan 4:38:49, Angela Stevens 4:58:07, LeeAnne Skillen 5:07:23, Laura Campbell 5:07:25, Danny Donaldson 5:44:10, Tiffany Donalson 5:44:11, Neil McGlinchey 6:07:01.

Well done everyone! And all the cheerleaders had a great day out in Dublin as well.

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Club Report 22-Oct-17

I was going to go all Iron Maiden on you but I’ll just get on with it….


Waterworks: Stephen Semple 24:04, James Hewitt 25:34, Patrick Hamill 26:21, Joseph Eager 26:23, Maeve Kennedy 26:36, Jennifer McCoppin 33:59, Jackie McCreesh 34:03, Freda Stubbs 34:05 PB; Deirdre McCann 35:05 PB, Fiona Wylie 35:06, David McCavana 35:26, Sharon McCavana 35:27

Falls: Susan Thompson 24:11

Ormeau: Eamonn Donaghy 22:16

Antrim: Alan Kerr 24:06, Dermot Boyd 32:38, Catherine Boyd 32:54, Elaine Kennedy 53:53

Castlewellan: Speeding around the lake Alex Davidson 19:28, Danny Donaldson 20:24, Martin Michael McCready 29:03, Tiffany Donaldson 33:46, celebrating two major park run milestones Kelly Carlisle 43:42 (50th Parkrun) and Joanne Haddock 43:43 (100th Parkrun), Anna-Marie Nolan 43:45

Valley: Neil Campbell 24:15, Clare Teer 26:35, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 29:54, Marie McFarlane 30:21 PB, Debbie Sterritt 31:45, Roseann McGeown 32:33, Stephen Weir 33:41, Erin Teer 40:00, Patricia Kane 40:06.

Colin Glen: Louise Ladd 33:22

Saturday 21st October

Red High 10k Down Patrick: Kevin Donnelly in a smashing time of 42:31

NI Masters Cross Country Trials: Not enough mud for them last week; Mark Smith ran the men’s 8k in 30:12, and Nuala Muldoon sloshed through 4k in 30:58.

Garmin Mourne Skyline Mountain Trail Race: Micky McAuley ran 35k climbing 3370 metres in 6:20:44. A fantastic achievement!

Sunday 22nd October

Centra Run Together Pairs Event Ormeau Park 5k: We had a number of Harriers out on Sunday running with friends and family. A worthwhile event not only encouraging people to get out and run whatever their fitness level but also in support of Action Cancer. Times to follow.

“It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually, you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.”

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