Abba music, ripped jeans, cassette tapes, Tiger Woods, Dr Legg, The Artic Monkeys.
Yes, these have all made a comeback in recent times and now it’s my turn!
Many thanks to work experience boy for his efforts in my absence.
He cried, he gurned, but he got the job done. We salute him.
But in true work experience style, I have now sent him off for a long stand and some tartan paint #oldonesarestillthebest
But there’s been plenty of running this week so back to business.
On Monday, Tom Fleming filled his school holidays with a 5k at Broughshane. He came home in 9th place in 19:54. Followed by Neil McCready (definitely not on his school holidays) in 21:47, Ryan McCready 26:36, Dermot Boyd 33:03, Anne Boyd 42:50
On Wednesday, Mairead O’Hare continued on the comeback trail, completing the Crawfordsburn 5k Trail Race in a PB time of 37:06.
It was then race hungry Dermot Boyd’s turn for his second run of the week on Friday at the Carlingford 5k, completing in 31:34.
Friday was also the day for Mark Smith to take yet another podium place, this time coming home 2nd at the inaugural Carnlough Quarry 5k in 18:28. (Come on Mark, miss a podium for a change so I have something different to write about!).
A busy day of running was completed by our vest in the west, Aidy Hughes completing the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile Road Race in 41:04.
Then on Saturday, it was the turn of our ladies’ division as several Harriers took on the Mount Stewart Half Marathon:
Karen McKee 1:49:53, Suzanne Brennan 1:55:13, Emily McKeown 1:58:26, Elaine NY Kennedy 2:06:15
Our hilly header Micky McAuley, chastened by the loss to his son over 5k the previous weekend, regained a modicum of dignity by completing the Seven Sevens Mountain race over 19 miles and 8,700 feet.
Joining Micky this weekend at high altitude were the Ladd brothers, Alan and Jonny, who completed the Championnat du Carigou in the Pyrenees in southern France with an equally impressive 21 miles and 7,152 feet.
Then earlier today, Martin O’Neill represented the club at the Feile 10k, coming home in 40:29 followed by Orin Calder in 44:31 and Sophie Magee in 48:32 PB.
So much going on this week (thanks folks!) but let’s not forget the parkruns:
Alastair CHO Houldsworth 22:10, Sarah Ross 23:43, Owen Fulton 25:09, Nikki Fleck 27:34 , Neil Campbell 28:05, Nuala Muldoon 29:04, David Esler 29:12, Scott Skelton 31:23PB, Clare Teer 33:27, Odhran Skillen 39:48, Leeanne Skillen 39:50, Laura Campbell 39:51, Patricia Kane 39:59, Rosalind Stitt 40:00, Katherine Todd 47:04PB (despite Alastair not waiting for you!)
And well done Nikki on your 50th parkrun!
Patrick McGuckin 20:55, Ken “takin’ it easy” McAuley 21:26, Susan Thompson 23:05, Robbie Gould 23:42, Lord Ian Brennan 27:16, Suzanne Brennan 27:21 (brave man there Ian!), Jo Smyth 41:49,
Sharon Dunn 23:22, Ryan McCready 25:45PB, Joanne Milne 25:57PB
ECOS Ballymena parkrun:
Tina Steele 25:15PB
Elaine NY Kennedy 26:31
Deborah Ewing 25:51
Danny Donaldson 30:20, Tiffany Donaldson 33:54
And a few Harriers headed east to the new Orangefield parkrun:
Tony McKeating 25:03, Marie McFarlane 30:10, Jennifer McCoppin 30:54, Freda Stubbs 31:57, Josi McKeating 33:50, Maureen Ward 36:59
Best of luck with your new event folks!
And ADav was at Orangefield 20:07 (but don’t let it put you off guys).
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Results not in yet
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Tom Fleming 7:32 and 1st place. Well done again Tom!
So that’s it. Another huge week of running and racing is over. Your legs may hurt, your bits may be chaffed and your hat may be wet. But at least I’m back.
Until next week, behave.