You people are trying to kill me! mid-week racing, parkruns, half marathons, charity runs, international trail races….
The sun is finally shining again but I’m sitting here in my large but lonely Romanesque villa stuck to my keyboard all day.
The racing started early this week with the flat and fast Queens 5k and 3k on Wednesday evening:
Ryan McCready 15:34, Louise Ladd 16:54
Mark Smith 16:56, Joe Mathers 18:55PB, Lee O’Boyle 18:57PB, Danny Donaldson 19:21, Alan Ladd 19:55, Jim Grew 20:43PB, Neil McCready 21:03, Paul Skillen 21:36, Laura Rose 22:00PB, Ciaran Skillen 22:21, Nuala Muldoon 24:18, Patrick Hamill 25:05, Angela Stevens 26:05, Tiffany Donaldson 29:09, Dermot Boyd 33:19
The Valley was the venue for our international cover girl to run her 100th parkrun. Harriers were there so there was food involved. Congratulations Fidelma!
Neil McCready 24:47, Owen Fulton 24:50, Nuala Muldoon 25:39, Paul Skillen 25:40, Fidelma “the big 100” McCoppin 30:58, Jackie McCreesh 30:59, Marie McFarlane 31:01, Jennifer McCoppin 31:32PB, Fiona Wylie 32:37, Debbie Sterritt 33:17, Freda Stubbs 33:38, Yvonne Thompson 33:51, Carol Leckie 35:19, Josi McKeating 35:41PB, Tony McKeating 35:42, Sharon Thompson 37:10, Patricia Kane 38:51, Deirdre McCann 40:51, Miriam Clarke 41:07
Matthew Cromie 21:05, Sharon McCavana 29:23
Tom Fleming 19:46PB (and 4th overall)
This week’s parkrun tourist was Stephen Weir who tackled Newcastle in 32:24
And A Dav went to Larne 27:36
Rumours he turned up for the Half marathon on the wrong day and then did a parkrun to cover it up are still being investigated.
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 10:08, Leo McAuley 14:23, Eloise McAuley 15:47
On Saturday, in true Cliff Richard style, the Harriers boarded the club Double Decker, and headed off on their Summer holidays. Well, Larne at least, for the Half Marathon.
There were an amazing 51 Harriers running this year. Many were doing their first half, some were using it as part of their marathon prep, some just ran the thing. All were amazing.
More amazing is the fact that Mr Donaldson now has his own teenage fan club, The Dan Fans. A worrying development for any parent. And Tiffany.
Mark Smith 1:15:33PB (and 11th overall), Joe Mathers 1:31:46PB, Neil Campbell 1:34:08, Jim Grew 1:38:22PB, Ken McAuley 1:41:35PB, Terry McIvor 1:41:54 1st, A Dav 1:42:25, Benny McGeown 1:43:10, Laura Rose 1:45:18PB, Ciaran Skillen 1:48:35, Sarah Knowles 1:51:01, Alan Kerr 1:51:02PB, Suzanne Brennan 1:52:08PB, Gabrielle McMillan 1:53:16 1st, New Sarah 1:53:30, Deborah Ewing 1:54:20, Alastair “top pacer, where’s my notes?” Houldsworth 1:54:21, Tina Steele 1:54:57PB, Stephen Semple 1:58:13, Pamela McCafferty 1:58:38PB, Sarah McCafferty 1:58:39PB, Brian McDonald 2:00:35, Andrew McFarlane 2:01:17, Sophie Magee 2:01:40, Lord Ian Brennan 2:01:09PB, Nikki Fleck 2:01:14, David Esler 2:03:37PB, Gemma Fowler 2:03:42PB, Clare Teer 2:03:55, Roisin Brooks 2:04:29, Maeve Kennedy 2:04:36, Janet Grew 2:05:01, Catherine Mullan 2:08:12, Angela Stevens 2:08:36PB, Elaine Kennedy 2:10:55, Lee-Anne Skillen 2:11:07, Danny Donaldson 2:13:15, Tiffany Donaldson 2:13:15PB, Gillian Bainbridge 2:13:22, Yasmin Lynn 2:16:11, Hannah Hope 2:18:09, Louise Ladd 2:20:12PB, Laura Campbell 2:23:19, Lisa Kerr 2:24:18, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 2:26:56, Roseann McGeown 2:34:48, David Mullan 2:39:10, Anna-Marie Nolan 2:39:11, Neill McGlinchey 2:39:23, Ian Simpson 2:56:01.
Special word to those who organised the bus and to the very nice bus driver Jackie Lawlow (even if she does run for NBH!).
We thought Larne was exotic enough for most of us, but not for Lee O’Boyle. Lee continued his recent good form with yet another podium finish, this time at the Merral Mountain Trail Run in Johannesburg. Lee completed a not flat 12km course in 1:7:54 and 3rd place overall.
Results for the Rabbit Run and Jimmy’s 10k are not yet available and will be included in next week’s report.
So, here’s one for Janet and all those who enjoyed their racing and running this weekend, wherever it might be.
Until next week, behave.
PS – please message with any edits or omissions.