Club Report – Sunday 19th August

Well, another week, another 7 days closer to retirement. Plenty of running this week so let’s get on with it.

Let’s start by updating the results from last weekend’s Dublin Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon:
Patricia Curistan 1:45:13, Stephen Semple 1:52:41, Maeve Kennedy 2:01:44, Wes Barker 2:12:48, Heather Barker 2:12:48

Friday night saw quite a few Harriers (mostly female plus Alastair) get the bingo bus to Castle Ward for the Atlas Running 5k Prosecco Run. Can’t think what the attraction was…

I can’t see any official results (and Team App Results Section remains as neglected as my back garden) but there were podium finishes for Alastair Houldsworth (2nd male) and Laura Rose (3rd female). Otherwise there was some running, general mayhem, bad behaviour and hangovers as befits our Harrier crew.

On a different tack, Friday night also saw Neil McCready take 3rd place in the Kirkistown Duathlon Sprint event, finishing in 43:00. It is believed that prosecco was not involved.

Saturday saw several Harriers head off to the Mourne Mountains to take part in the Born 2 Run Dambusters runs. Taking on the Half Marathon distance were:
Mark Smith 1:25:04 (6th overall), Lee O’Boyle 1:27:06PB (9TH overall), Karen McKee 1:51:11, Sarah “slightly delicate” Ross 2:09:25, Elaine NY Kennedy 2:15:08
Great to see 2 Harriers in the Top 10. Well done gents!

There were also the usual rounds of the local parkruns:
Valley parkrun:
Damien Cole 22:07, Nuala Muldoon 25:22, Andrew Kerr 26:13 PB, Nikki Fleck 28:22, David Esler 28:52, Clare Teer 29:08, Frances Kane 30:08, Fidelma McCoppin 32:13, Dawn McCann 32:41 PB, John Teer 33:01 PB, Debbie Sterritt 34:10, Janine McNevison 34:18 Patricia Kane 51:11

Waterworks parkrun:
Jo Mathers 19:11PB, Brendan McGeown 21:30PB, Ken “top pacer” McAuley 21:31, Patricia Curistan 22:25 (and 1st female finisher), Laura Rose 22:55 (2nd female finisher), Lord Ian Brennan 23:13PB (probably not 3rd female finisher but we’ll check), Noel Bloomfield 23:45, Neil Campbell 23:58, Robert Gould 24:20, Jim Hewitt 24:50, Owen Fulton 25:22, Neil McGlinchey 29:49, Jennifer McCoppin 31:39, Jennifer Maguire 32:22, Maureen Ward 36:28, Brenna McGeown 36:29PB, Niamh McGeown 36:39, Rosalind Stitt 37:09, Miriam Clarke 39:45, Jo Smyth 42:04, Deirdre McCann 42:05
Well done Lord Brennan on completing your 50th parkrun, and getting a PB in the process. Not enough to regain the house crown (yet) but we have faith and the choir is still practising. And a PB is a PB is a PB!

Antrim parkrun:
Mairead O’Hare 34:37

Ormeau parkrun:
Patrick McGuckin 20:28

Carrickfergus parkrun:
Alan Kerr 24:52

ECOS parkrun
Stephen Semple 22:22, Maeve Kennedy 24:52

Queen’s parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 33:26

Larne parkrun:
Alan Ladd 20:17 (and 2nd place)

And this week’s tourists were those who headed to Dungannon for their first ever parkrun event:
Aidy Hughes 23:48, Odhran Skillen 40:05, Paul Skillen 40:06
Best of luck with it folks!

And ADav was at Victoria 19:39

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 10:04PB (again!), Eloise McAuley 11:28, Matthew Hawkins 11:48

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Tom Fleming 7:41 and 1st place (again!). Well done again Tom! (again).
Riley Kerr 12:59

Today saw our junior, Ben Davidson, take part in Leg-It Events Carnmoney Hill 5k Race. Ben finished in 32:49

Connswater 10k results are not yet available. Looks like the Lord got a 2nd PB of the weekend but we’ll post full results next week.

So, if you’ve had a bad week’s training or are still hungover, just remember the words of the great philosopher, Phil Dunphy:
“The most amazing things that can happen a human being will happen to you if you just lower your expectations.”

This week’s tune is for those ladies who managed a tough 5k on Friday night and an even tougher morning on Saturday.

Until next week, behave.