Club Report: Sunday 7th January 2018

I was going to start by letting you know my new year’s resolution but, as I’m already perfect, I don’t need to make any. But good luck with yours. Maybe its to get faster, whilst still filling yourself with alcohol and cake.
But on to the results…

Race Over The Glens:
Held back on New Year’s Day, the results were in too late for last week’s report but some of the Harriers blew away the new year cobwebs with this popular, if tough, event: Lee O’Boyle (our new ROTM) 41:28, Micky McAuley 42:40, Sarah McCafferty 1:01:08, Pamela McCafferty 1:01:09,

Valley parkrun:
Noel Bloomfield 25:13, Nuala Muldoon 25:45, David Esler 28:10, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 30:19, Fidelma McCoppin 31:01, Michelle Ker 32:07, Debbie Sterritt 33:34, Frances Kane 34:54, Rosalind Stitt 43:28, Patricia Kane 43:28

Waterworks parkrun:
Matthew Cromie 21:50, Patrick Hamill 25:31, Tony McKeating 26:27, Roseann “I kept my headphones in to ignore him” McGeown 30:38 (50th parkrun – congratulations), Brendan “words of encouragement” McGeown 30:42, Jennifer McCoppin 30:47 PB, Lord Ian Brennan (ex-ROTM but never forgotten) 31:42, Freda Stubbs 31:51 PB, Fiona Wylie 31:55, Maureen Ward 34:57, Sharon Thompson 39:39

Antrim parkrun:
Patrick McGuckian 20:08 course PB, Ken McAuley 23:20, Susan Thompson 23:36, Sarah Knowles 24:22 PB, Sir Martin McCready 24:22, Paul Skillen 24:46, Elaine Kennedy 27:02, Neill McGlinchey 28:26, Ethan Barrington 28:47 PB, Tina Steele 28:56, Deborah Ewing 29:12, Louise Ladd 30:26 PB, Dermot Boyd 33:04, Joanne Milne 36:46, Sharon Dunn 37:02, Cole Barrington 37:08, Anna-Marie Nolan 37:31. Congratulations to Elaine on running her 100th parkrun. Well done Elaine!

Ecos Ballymena parkrun:
Michael McFarlane 25:55 PB

Portrush parkrun:
Alastair Houldsworth 24:10, Katherine Todd 57:40

Born to Run Tollymore 10k:
Taking on the forest paths later on 6th were: Joe Mathers 42:48, Owen “comeback kid” Fulton 53:37, Clare Teer 1:00:47, Ian Simpson 1:17:53

IAAF Antrim International XC:
Also on 6th was this top class event, with CAFRE Greenmount hosting a world class international field. It was great to see the Harriers out mixing it with the big boys and girls and competing as a team as well as individuals:

Men’s Senior Race:
Mark Smith 30:48, Alan Ladd 36:23, Kevin Donnelly 38:16, Neil McCready 38:24 (and winner of best photo competition)

Women’s Senior Race:
Nuala Muldoon 30:02, Suzanne Brennan 30:46, Angela Stevenson 35:06. As a team, the MH ladies came 10th overall. Great team effort. The men’s results are still something of a mystery.

So 2017 is over, the slates have been wiped clean.
It’s time to buckle up and hit the roads in pursuit of those PBs and new distances all over again. We’re a club, so support each other. It’s always easier to hit your targets with others helping you along the way.

To help, here’s the perfect tune to run to. If I can’t improve your running, at least I might improve your musical taste.

Until next week, behave.