Runner of the Month – June 2018

Another month gone and yet another great month of running with many harriers achieving PB’s in various distances, which made June a very hard month to choose the winner!!!!!  Before we start with the nominations, a huge congratulations to all our C25K graduates you all did amazing.

Now on to the Nominees

Neil Campbell – Amazing PB and good for age on coast road marathon.  Listens to everyone and is open to new ideas, he has been a great mentor for new members joining the club.

Sarah Knowles – Sarah demonstrated a super run at coast road marathon where she finally broke sub 4 in amazing style.  One of the loveliest members of our club. she has a smile for anybody and shows true grit and determination in her running even at all times.  Such a credit to our club!!  After a few attempts to break 4 hours for the marathon, Sarah nailed it at the Antrim Coast road marathon, with a superb 3:51. She also smashed her PB for the half in Newry. All the hard work in training really paying dividends.

Karen McKee – Third woman at Divis 7 mile race. PB at Lisburn half marathon. Training consistent over past weeks and month.

Mairead O’Hare – Getting back out there after a long break due to injury, and quickly chipped down her time! Amazing runner and inspiration.

Dermot Boyd – Dermot is an inspiration to everyone. If he is not racing himself he is there supporting other harriers.

Pamela McCafferty – With a fab PB at Lisburn 10K in June, 4th in her age category, she just keeps getting better and better, always gives 100% to training sessions and encouragement to fellow Harriers. She’s also good at dragging that other (younger) McCafferty along with her, sometimes even leaving her behind these days! Still greater things to come from Pam over the summer, always my support and Runner Of The Month for June.

Lee O’Boyle – Excellent performance in all training sessions and his hard work paid of in the Lisburn half and Coast Road Marathon which were both PBs.  Impressive times at both Lisburn and Coast Road, a credit to the club and an example of what can be achieved when you put the effort in.  Fantastic half and full marathon PBs. Well deserved with all the extra training he’s put in.

Tiffany Donaldson – For smiling through another marathon in marathon temperatures!!

A special mention goes out to Laura Rose who was also nominated for an outstanding performance at the coastal marathon.  Laura’s PB in the Coast Road marathon is a testament to hard work and dedication. She is such an asset to the club not just because of her running but she’s always one of the first to volunteer when a helping hand is needed. I’m delighted to give her my vote this month.  Laura Rose is disciplined and committed athlete.  She does not let asthma get in her way. Strong and determined. Indeed such is her determination that if she has to cut a run short she will try and do further miles later the same day.  Laura has been outstanding in her training and her running. She has consistently smashed her parkrun and marathon times, in particular coming 9th lady in the Coast Road Marathon…..the vegan life is the way to go!  She has been a constant harrier at the c25k programme every week, giving much needed support to the guys running as well as supporting Alex and Ian.  Achieved qualifying time for London Marathon at the Coast Road Marathon .  She willingly encourages and assists others alongside her own dedicated training.

However there can only be one winner…….

The Runner of the month trophy for the month of June goes to one of our newest female members, who came home all the way from Canada just to join the Mallusk Harrier family just because she heard that the nights out are not to be missed.  Sarah Ross, since joining the Club at the end of February, has been dedicated to her training week in week out and resulted in a well deserved marathon PB.  Brilliant run at the coast road marathon. 10 min PB. Hard work really paying off.  Sarah wanted to get a sub 4 hour marathon in Belfast and when that didn’t happen, she trained even harder and got the sub 4 hour result that she wanted in the Coast Road marathon.  Well done Sarah!  Roll on the ultra marathon.  For PBing and making her desired sub 4 at Coast Road Marathon and her continued hard work at all training sessions (with a smile on her face!).  Has taken literally minutes off her parkrun time and put in great performance at coast road marathon.

Well done Sarah you definitely know how to do it Harrier Style.

Happy running guys, until next month……