Club Report – Sunday 27th May 2018

Plenty of running this week, both mid-week and over the weekend.

Wednesday evening was the Bann 10k. Our only entrant was Mark Smith who gained yet another podium finish coming home third in 35:41. Well done (again) Mark!

However, this effort was eclipsed by newbie Mark McIlroy who won the dad’s race at his son’s sports day. Won, not third!
No time, distance or even proof is available but we don’t care. The battle of the Marks is ON!

Friday evening saw the Runher Coastal challenge in Bangor/Holywood. There were 5k and Half Marathon distances but our ladies focused on the 10k:
Suzanne Brennan 59:08 (no 5k PB included), Heather Barker 1:05:13, Zoe O’Prey 1:21:16, Lisa Thompson 1:21:44, Mairead O’Hare 1:24:20, Claire Skillen 1:24:22

Saturday saw a crowd of Harriers head over to nearby Ballyclare for the Co Antrim Harriers Mayfair events. Most went for the food afterwards but did run just to take the bad look off themselves. Enjoying (?) the heat but keeping their taps on were:
Danny Donaldson 18:30 (and 4th place overall), Neil McCready 20:58PB, Tiffany Donaldson 30:15, Debbie Sterritt 32:57, Patricia Kane 35:50, Rosalind Stitt 35:50, Maureen Ward 39:35, Deirdre McCann 39:37, Miriam Clarke 39:47
Lee “I love big hills on a Sunday” O’Boyle 42:06, Joe Mathers 42:37, Terry McIvor 46:44, Damien Cole 46:44, Eamonn Donaghy 46:46, Brendan McGeown 48:05, Angela Stevens 50:51, Owen Fulton 50:57, Nikki Fleck 54:57, Yasmin Lynn 57:02, Neill McGlinchey 1:00:30, Anita Piatek 1:01:09, Frances Kane 1:01:28, Lisa Kerr 1:02:03, Fidelma McCoppin 1:03:28, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 1:03:58, Dermot Boyd 1:06:55, Jennifer McCoppin 1:09:28, Freda Stubbs 1:09:41, Josi McKeating 1:09:40

Also on Saturday, Aidy Hughes ran the Gosford Run 10k in 57:05

There was also the usual suite of parkruns available:

Valley parkrun:
Neil Campbell 22:48, Liam McGowan 24:22, Sarah Ross 24:47PB, Gabrielle McMillan 25:00, Nuala Muldoon 26:44, Emily McKeown 27:47, Clare Teer 27:55, Roseann McGeown 32:38, Yvonne Thompson 33:08, Joanne Milne 33:51, Lorraine-Ann Forsythe 50:30

Waterworks parkrun
Stephen Semple 23:38, Maeve Kennedy 26:51, Jim Hewitt 26:57, Lord Ian Brennan 41:28, Suzanne Brennan 44:21, Jo HOTM Smyth 4:53

Falls parkrun:
Susan Thompson 25:22

Queens parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 46:25

Portrush parkrun:
Sharon Thompson 36:07

Enniskillen parkrun:
Patrick McGuckin 27:55

Despite good efforts at Portrush and Enniskillen, this week’s tourist was again Alan Ladd who completed the Bognor Regis parkrun in 20:28.

And ADav was at the Valley 25:02

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 10:19, Leo McAuley 12:56, Eloise McAuley 13:00
And well done Leo on completing your 50th parkrun!

Sunday did not see the end of the racing as several Harriers headed south to Newry to take part in the Half Marathon:
Mark Smith 1:17:57 gaining his second podium finish of the week with third place overall (in your face Mark McIlroy ). Great running Mr Smith!
Sarah Knowles 1:46:04, Joe Mathers 1:56:39, Joanne Milne 1:56:51PB, Brian McDonald 1:59:17, Emily McKeown 1:59:37, Elaine Kennedy 2:05:34, Roisin Brooks 2:10:14, Karen McKee 1:47:25, Sharon Dunn 1:56:39
Apologies if I have missed anyone but the club name was missing for most of you.

And our own merchandising wizard headed off to Edinburgh to try their Guinness, laugh at their rugby team and possibly run the Half Marathon:
Ian Simpson 2:57:38

There were also two Harriers who took on the Blackrock Triathlon in Co Louth today, with Damian Cole finishing in 1:06:54 and Frances Kane in 1:22:43

I would like some credit at this point. Not for the consistently high standard of my reports, not even for sitting inside typing it whilst you are all drunk and sunburnt in the garden but for the fact I have got this far without making any jokes about Liverpool. Cavillator, I salute me.

So here’s a tune to celebrate one of the acts playing at this week’s successful music event at our own Titanic slipway.
It has definitely nothing to do with football.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 20th May 2018

It seems that whilst your reporter sits silently and alone in the empty mansion that is Chez Cavillator, may of you Harriers are out there running with your better halves. In this week of weddings and couples, just remember, if you have someone who gives you the same feeling you get when you see your food approaching in a restaurant, you’re a winner.


Valley parkrun:

Neil Campbell 20:11, Terry McIvor 23:17, Eamonn Donaghy 23:18, Owen Fulton 25:00, Adrian Hughes 25:16PB, Ken McAuley 25:18, Sarah Ross 25:37PB, Emily McKeown 27:00, Clare Teer 28:52, Frances Kane 29:12, Anita Piatek 29:25PB, Neill McGlinchey 29:46, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 29:48, Laura Campbell 30:31, Freda Stubbs 33:33PB, Fidelma McCoppin 33:34, Joanne Milne 34:20, Jim Hewitt 55:25


Waterworks parkrun

Tony McKeating 24:15PB, Maeve Kennedy 27:59, Josi McKeating 33:52, Jennifer McCoppin 34:01

Victoria parkrun:

Micky McAuley 19:44PB

Micky usually runs more vertically than circularly (?) but has done previous parkrun locations in 20:06, 20:03 and 20:00.

He made sure he was not beaten by the “parkrun second” this time though. Well done Micky on your first sub 20!


Ecos parkrun:

Dawn Dubois 37:47PB


Queens parkrun:

Dermot Boyd 31:50PB


Carrickfergus parkrun:

Owen Millar 28:55


This week’s tourist was Alan Ladd who completed the Cuerden Valley parkrun near Preston in 24:16. Jonny and Philip Ladd also completed the course in the same time. Alan states he let Jonny win seeing it was his wedding day. We know the truth.


Waterworks junior parkrun:

Joseph Eager 10:14, Leo McAuley 11:03PB, Eloise McAuley 15:02


Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Riley Kerr 12:10PB


Friday saw the running of the Les Jones Memorial 10k.

It was another successful night for Mark Smith as he achieved yet another podium finish, coming second in 35:20. Well done Mark.

Joe Mathers also ran for the club finishing in 43:25


On Saturday, Nuala Muldoon took part in the inaugural Scarva House 10k in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Nuala finished in 58:40.


Suzanne and Lord Ian Brennan headed off to sunny Manchester to take on Mo Farah and the Manchester Half Marathon this morning. Despite the hot conditions, both finished sub 2 hours, Suzanne 1:57:18 and Ian 1:59:44PB (and containing a potential 5k PB). Suzanne’s performance is all the more impressive given her recent loss. We salute her manky old hat. It will not be missed.


Not to be outdone, our other running couple, Mr & Mrs D, headed off to Liverpool and after warming up with a wee 5k on the Saturday (27:06 and 34:37) just went and did the full marathon as well today. Danny completed it in 3:42:35 and Tiffany in 5:20:36. Well impressive folks.


Here’s a tune for our Liver lovebirds.



Until next week, behave.



Club Report – Sunday 13th May 2018

Well, after all the excitement of the Belfast marathon and relays, this week was a bit quieter. No doubt you, like me, were just spending the week getting physically and emotionally ready for the Eurovision song contest. Never mind marathons, if you want to see humankind at its finest, going above and beyond the limits of human endurance, then Eurovision has it all.
Netta, we salute you. Sort of. Anyhow, running…

Valley parkrun:
Micky McAuley 20:35PB, Neil Campbell 21:55, Eamonn Donaghy 22:17PB, Terry McIvor 23:54, Adrian Hughes 25:34PB, Nuala Muldoon 25:47, Sarah Ross 27:01, Yasmin Lynn 29:08, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 29:41, Leeanne Skillen 29:41, Laura Campbell 30:25, Patricia Kane 38:31, Rosalind Stitt 38:32, Claire Skillen 40:53PB

Waterworks parkrun
Danny Donaldson 20:01, Robbie Gould 21:25, Robert Gould 25:06, Dave Gibson 30:23, Tiffany Donaldson 31:09, Duncan Baxter 32:49, Jo Smyth 48:38

Antrim parkrun:
Tom Fleming 20:04, Alan Kerr 22:50PB, Nikki Fleck 26:06, Elaine Kennedy 26:52, Karen Jamison 29:52, Deborah Ewing 32:57, Tina Steele 33:10, Sharon Thompson 33:15PB, Jennifer McCoppin 33:16

Victoria parkrun:
Alan Ladd 20:10

And A Dav went to the Valley 21:55.

So, this week Lee O’Boyle thought he was our parkrun tourist completing Portrush parkrun in 19:53.
But then Stephen Weir went to Newcastle 32:29.
However, both were well outdone by Susan Thompson and Ken McAuley who, accompanied by a club fleg, got as far as Crissy Park parkrun in San Francisco. They finished in 24:46 and 24:47 respectively with Susan using the occasion to complete her 100th parkrun. Well done! Enjoy the rest of the trip.

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 10:30, Leo McAuley 11:45, Eloise McAuley 12:18PB (3rd week in a row!), Riley Kerr 13:21, Aaron Ladd 17:11PB

I’m still recovering from what was obviously a dodgy “protein shake” yesterday, so whilst I crawl back under the covers, you can listen to this west coast classic.

Until next week, behave.


“San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” is a song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and…

Club Report – Monday 7th May 2018

Taps Aff! The week started with the now traditional drenching of the first night of the club’s latest C25k scheme but ended in the sunshine with the many achievements of the Harriers at the Belfast marathon. More of that later but first the results from Friday & Saturday.

NI Running Mile
Almost 200 runners headed for the Mary Peter’s track on Friday evening to see how close to the magical 4 min mark they could come over the classic mile distance.
Tom Fleming 5:32, Matt “paced by the roadrunner meep meep” Allen 5:48, Neil McCready 5:56, Ryan McCready 7:26, Owen Millar 8:17, Ryan Millar 8:17

Valley parkrun:
Liam McGowan 22:50, Neil Campbell 22:51, Ben Davidson 23:29, Nuala Muldoon 25:28, Terry McIvor 27:31, Susan “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” Thompson 27:46, Owen Fulton 27:47, Sarah Ross 27:48, Frances Kane 29:05, Deborah Ewing 29:47, Tina Steele 29:47, Roisin Brooks 29:54, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 30:28, Yvonne Thompson 34:49, Stephen Weir 34:51, Rosalind Stitt 37:12

Waterworks parkrun
Danny Donaldson 19:42, Micky McAuley 20:03, Neil McCready 22:53, Tony McKeating 24:33PB, Jim “more comebacks than Rocky” Hewitt 27:28, Paul “ice cream with a flake” Skillen 30:36, Lord Ian Brennan 33:11, Suzanne “he only beat me cus I wasn’t trying” Brennan 33:17, Tiffany Donaldson 33:18, David McCavana 36:52

Victoria parkrun:
Nikki Fleck 40:29, Aimee Fleck 40:30, Lucy Fleck 45:46
Well played family Fleck! Again!

Queens parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 26:57, Dermot Boyd 31:59PB

Colin Glen parkrun:
Jackie McCreesh 32:36PB, Marie McFarlane 32:45, Fidelma McCoppin 32:46

And A Dav went to the Valley 23:33.
It goes against every fibre of my being to say anything nice about this beautiful man but even I must acknowledge his achievement of completing his 200th parkrun. For a man who can’t even remember to bring shorts to a marathon this is indeed worthy of note. We can only be thankful there was no speech. Yet.

This week’s parkrun tourist was Lisa Kerr who completed Portrush parkrun in 29:58

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 10:24, Leo McAuley 11:34, Eloise McAuley 12:27PB (2nd week in a row!)

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Tom Fleming 7:29PB and 2nd place
Well done, obviously not put off by his efforts on Friday night.

And so, to the Belfast Marathon.
The sun shone and the crowds and hoses came out, mainly to see 22 Harriers doing the full thing along with our 4 relay teams and a few others running with work and charities.
First home was Mark Smith in 2:53:48, a PB and a club record I believe. Great run after London. He must be well sick of the sun by now.
Also putting in great performances after London were A Dav 3:15:27 and Neil Campbell 3:18:32.
Then Lee O’Boyle 3:27:51, Micky McAuley 3:53:45, Dave Gibson 4:02:29, Karen McKee 4:07:03, Emily McKeown 4:07:05, Sarah Ross 4:12:46, Suzanne Brennan 4:17:49, Sharon Dunn 4:17:49, Deborah Ewing 4:19: 19, Tina Steele 4:19:37, Darren Taggart 4:23:19, Gillian Bainbridge 4:29:47, Terry McIvor 4:32:54, Nikki Fleck 4:40:01, Angela Stevens 4:44:57, Lord Ian Brennan 4:52:18, David Esler 5:47:43

Great runs by all, especially in that heat. And great to see some folk sneak in just under some big time targets.
Our relay teams also did us proud with the A Team coming home in 28th place in the team event in 3:07:54 (Wes Barker, Brian Coney, Matt Allen, Eamon Donaghy, Laura Rose).
Team B 3:52:57 (Owen Fulton, Duncan Baxter, Sarah McCafferty, Stephen Semple, Tony McKeating)
Team C 3:55:14 (Gabrielle McMillan, Yasmin Lynn, Hannah Hope, Lisa Kerr, Pamela McCafferty)
Team D 4:51:02 (Michael McFarlane, Kelly Carlisle, Mairead O’Hare, Dawn Dubois, Lee-Anne Hutchinson)
To quote Frank Shorter “You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” Dublin is on Oct 28th. Entries are open.

Until next week, behave.


[Note from editor: Please let us know of any corrections or omissions. It’s been another busy week for our anonymous news writer who has been busy trying to assemble all the results.]