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