Club Report: Sunday 18th February 2018

Not so many other events this weekend (with one slightly mental exception) and so the Harriers headed for the parkruns, especially the Valley, mainly gamely incorporating parkruns into their long runs for the week.

Valley parkrun:
Neil Campbell 19:48, Ken McAuley 22:19, Susan Thompson 23:56 (First lady finisher), Tony McKeating 26:05, Olivia Thompson 26:45, Clare Teer 27:21, Gabrielle McMillan 30:47, Frances Kane 31:00, David Esler 32:14, Marie McFarlane 32:53, Debbie Sterritt 33:26, Yasmin Lynn 33:59, Yvonne Thompson 35:13, Katherine McCloskey 35:13, Alyson Taylor 35:19, Freda Stubbs ROTM 36:30, Josi McKeating 36:30, Patricia Kane 36:43, Rosalind Stitt 36:44, Nuala Lyttle 37:15, Maeve McGinley 37:15, Sharon Thompson 39:15, Deirdre McCann 39:54, Anne Boyd 41:48, Jennifer McCoppin 41:49, Dermot Boyd 41:50, Fidelma McCoppin 45:18, Fiona Wylie 46:28

Waterworks parkrun:
Patrick McGuckian 19:45, Alastair Houldsworth 22:13, Patrick Hamill 24:21, Roisin Brooks 27:44, Nikki Fleck 28:56, Joanne Milne 30:01, Duncan Baxter 31:06, Lord Ian Brennan 33:03, Kelly Carlisle 47:35, Jo Smyth 50:19

Antrim parkrun:
ADav 20:25, Alan Kerr 24:38, Elaine Kennedy 27:08, Tina Steele 34:25, Deborah Ewing 34:25
Alex Davidson has referred to me as Cav on two separate occasions now. Whilst his comments were both positive and welcome, such truncation is uncalled for and this uncouth behaviour requires retaliation. He will be henceforth be referred to as ADav.
Just be glad it wasn’t Alastair Houldsworth making the comments!

Ormeau parkrun:
Stephen Semple 24:20, Maeve Kennedy 26:35

Our junior section was not to be outdone this weekend either:

Waterworks Junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 10:09, Cole Barrington 11:22, Ethan Barrington 11:37, Jamie Campbell 17:24 PB, Christopher Campbell 18:08

East Coast XC Series at Larne:
Minor 750m
Owen Millar 4:13
Junior 1500m
Ryan McCready 7:08

At this stage we should congratulate all our marathon trainers, especially the first timers, who are all hitting the big miles now and feeling the pain. Medical experts have told me that both alcohol and complaining on Facebook are both equally ineffective pain relief methods. Doesn’t stop you lot though.
Alastair Houldsworth (full name to be used at all times) deserves a special mention for his 35-mile training run as he works towards his first ultra.
But performance of the weekend must go to our header in chief, Michael McAuley. Mental/Metal Micky (take your pick, probably both) took on Atlas Running’s Last One Standing Challenge at Castle Ward. He completed over 100 miles running in approx. 24 hours. Michael, you are a legend, we salute you. Go lie down.

Michael, I did want to end this week’s report in your honour with NWA’s classic “100 Miles and Runnin’ ” but thought it might then be my last ever report. I know you like your tunes a bit heavier so please enjoy this classic, even if it is a number short.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report: Sunday 11th February 2018

Another week, another blizzard. Well, it’s been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise. I consider it a challenge before the whole human race and I ain’t gonna lose.

Yes, we are and, yes, I know what you want to read about. This is what we top end reporters call “building the excitement” and so first you have to read all the parkrun results:

Valley parkrun:

Tom Fleming 20:52, Neil McCready 23:07, Ciaran Skillen 27:08, Clare Teer 27:12, Gabrielle McMillan 28:25, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 29:51, Paul Skillen 29:54, Neil Campbell 29:56, Deirdre McCann 40:24, Erin Teer 42:51

Waterworks parkrun:

Matthew Cromie 22:00, Patrick Hamill 25:41, Anna Seaward 30:10

Antrim parkrun:

Nikki Fleck 26:53, Heather Barker 31:50 PB, Wes “The Gentleman” Barker 31:50 PB, Elaine Kennedy 36:10

Victoria parkrun:

Lonely (but very fast) pint Mark Smith 16:56

PB and 2nd place – well done Mark!

Queens parkrun:

Stephen Semple 23:39, Maeve Kennedy 26:40

Stormont parkrun:

Fiona Wylie 34:08, Fidelma “Cover Girl” McCoppin 34:10, Duncan Baxter 35:36

A couple of parkrun tourists again this week. Anna-Marie Nolan thought she was being exotic by making it as far as Colin Glen (29:06) but this was outdone by our own Mr A Davidson who bought another one of those cheap 18-30 deals online and ended up in Harrogate (21:24).

Dune Half Marathon

5 intrepid Harriers braved the cross-border cold this morning (Braltic anyone?) for the Newry to Dundalk race that kicks off the Pure Running Half Marathon Series for 2018:

Brendan McIlhennon 1:39:02, Sarah Knowles 1:55:27, Brian McDonald 1:57:01, David Esler 2:07:48, Elaine Kennedy 2:12:04.

Also, Nuala Muldoon may have done the NICHS Red Dress Run 10k this weekend. She may have done it in 44:20. Then again, she may not.

No junior parkrun this morning at Waterworks as nobody would be crazy enough to run in weather like that. Oh, aye, right, forgot…so on to the main event.

Today saw one of the biggest dates on the Mallusk Harrier calendar. The second running of our XC event and the inaugural year of the Mathieson Shield and Cup.

Runners, marshals, spectators and artic conditions all headed to Mallusk playing fields this morning. The weather was specially flown in by Paul Skillen to ensure the runners knew they were at a XC event and to remind them constantly that they were in Mallusk. Think they got it Paul.

Full results are available both on the XC race Facebook page and on the NI Running website but Harrier results were:

Girls Under 11

Sinead O’Hare 4:43, Mali Skillen 4:55, Olivia McCready 5:10, Eloise McAuley 5:20

Boys Under 11

Finn Diver 2:44 (3rd place), Ryan McCready 3:38, Ryan Millar 3:42, Joseph Eager 3:54, Owen Millar 4:18, Peter McCann 4:30, Leo McAuley 4:43, Odhran Skillen 5:19

Boys Under 13

Adam McCann 8:17

Ladies Race

Nuala Muldoon 28:45, Suzanne Brennan 29:17, Gabrielle McMillan 32:15, Roseann “obviously tougher than my husband” McGeown 42:36

The MH ladies team placed 2nd overall in the Mathieson Shield team event.

Mens Race

Mark Smith 28:42, Alan Ladd 32:15, Joe Mathers 32:38, Wes Barker 32:40, Lee O’Boyle 32:49, Neil McCready 36:26, Terry McIvor 36:34, Eamon Donaghy 40:15

The Magnificent Eight won the men’s team event and are the first holders of the Mathieson Cup.

Well done gents, great effort.

A big word of congratulations should go out to Paul Skillen and his team who put the whole event together. From organising to publicising, race day logistics, marshalling, timekeeping and scoring, catering, clearing up and even the runners. And not forgetting Mags as well for adding her name and prestige to the event.

A well-deserved hot cocoa, electric blanket and early night all round.

So, let’s end with a tune as usual.

It’s obvious, its cheesy, I’ve even teased it already but I’m going to bloody do it anyway.

Here’s to us!

Until next week, behave.


Club Report: Sunday 4th February 2018

The sun was out this morning, but so was the black ice, so well done to those skaters who managed to safely complete their long runs today. It’s been a busy weekend for all you Harriers so let’s get on with it.

Valley parkrun:
Brendan McGeown 23:23, Yasmin Lynn 26:59 PB, Terry McIvor 27:00 (well played Sir)

Waterworks parkrun:
Ken McAuley 21:47, Neil McCready 22:09, Matthew Cromie 24:14, Susan Thompson (plus husband) 25:19, Patrick Hamill 25:44, Lord Ian Brennan (pre-pub) 28:19, Anna Seaward 28:54, Sharon McCavana 29:10

Antrim parkrun:
Neil Campbell 19:09 PB, Matthew Allen 21:47, Tina Steele 26:43, Ethan Barrington 28:50, Elaine Kennedy 29:02, Heather Barker 32:43 PB, Wes Barker 32:43 PB, Cole Barrington 38:30, Anna-Marie “being a mummy” Nolan 38:31

Victoria parkrun:
Ben “The Man” Davidson 23:42, Alex “Not the Man” Davidson 24:49, Tony McKeating 25:56, Maeve Kennedy 26:50, Stephen Semple 26:50, Jennifer McCoppin 29:33 PB, Marie McFarlane 31:32, Debbie Sterritt 32:01, Stephen Weir 32:12, Fiona Wylie 32:53, Maureen Ward 32:59, Josi McKeating 33:06, Rosalind Stitt 35:37, Deirdre McCann 39:22, Miriam Clarke 41:53, Fidelma McCoppin 41:54

Comber parkrun:
Kelly Carlisle 34:39, Duncan “Gentleman” Baxter 34:40

Ormeau parkrun:
Clare Teer 35:40

This week’s parkrun tourists were Frances and Patricia Kane at Letterkenny in 32:35 and 38:23 respectively and Owen Fulton at Stretford, the home of football, in 24:19.

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 10:04, Ryan McCready 10:15, Leo McAuley 11:19, Olivia McCready 16:59, Eloise McAuley 19:49

Some Harriers went beyond parkrun this weekend at the latest Born 2 Run event at Antrim Castle. Organisers are now considering changing the name to the MHPB 10k after seeing the Harrier results.
Mark Smith 34:36 and another podium finish with 2nd place overall. Well done Mark, great to see the Harrier vest up there. Joe Mathers 40:17 PB, Gabrielle McMillan 50:29 PB, Pamela McCafferty 51:44 PB, Sharon Dunn 52:31, Angela Stevens 55:20 PB, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 58:18 PB, Hannah Hope 59:59 PB, Lisa Kerr 1:00:27, Dermot Boyd 1:05:53
Nikki Fleck 27:13

Mark passed the XC baton back to the usual bunch of suspects for the popular Stormont XC event. In the Men’s event our Young Guns (Go for it!) were Alex Davidson 33:01 (a good recovery from his morning Parkrun Drubbing) and Kevin Donnelly 33:21. In the ladies’ event were Suzanne Brennan 26:53 and Nuala Muldoon 27:35. Flying the junior flag loud and proud were Ryan McCready 4:35 and Joseph Eager 4:38

Running furthest afield this week was our Chairman Alan R Kerr who took part in the Torremolinos Half Marathon, finishing in 1:52. Well done sir, enjoy the rest of your training camp. Ian recommends hydration training.

Speaking of hydration issues. Ian Brennan. The End.

Until next week, behave.