Club Report – Sunday 9th September

Apologies for the no show last week. Sometimes real life gets in the way. Many thanks to my totally adequate young apprentice for stepping in at the last minute. Much appreciated.

The week of racing started on Thursday night as two Harriers joined over 750 other runners to take part in the 2nd Citi Inspire 5k. Joe Mathers finished an impressive 6th overall in 18:08PB and Maeve Dunseath finished in 25:35.

Friday night saw the latest Pure Running Half Marathon in Killyleagh:
Elaine NY Kennedy 2:08:34

On Saturday, Mark Smith continued his quest to run in every race in the world ever when he took on the Larne 10k held by East Coast AC:
Mark Smith 35:35 (5th overall and another age category win)

Not to be outdone, Lee O’Boyle found a race Mark hadn’t noticed as he produced yet another PB finishing the Ratoath Half Marathon at Fairyhouse Racecourse in Co Meath in 1:22:25PB
Rumours that Lee complained about the lack of big hills are yet to be confirmed.

The mere mortals amongst us went to the parkruns:
Valley parkrun:
Tom Fleming 19:57, Neil Campbell 20:44, Alan Erwin 22:19PB, Joe “not really bothered after Thursday” Mathers 23:55, Adrian Hughes 24:43PB, Ben “beat the da” Davidson 24:44, Philip Fleck 27:19, Joanne Milne 28:05, Sharon Dunn 28:55, Frances Kane 31:20, John Teer 33:05, Sophie “I can beat him too” Davidson 34:06, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 34:18, Mairead O’Hare 35:07, Patricia Kane 37:28
Well done Joanne on completing your 50th parkrun. My cake must still be in the post?

Waterworks parkrun:
Danny Donaldson 18:35 (and 1st place), Rab Gould 22:56, Susan Thompson 24:48, Eamonn Donaghy 27:47, David Esler 27:57, Tiffany Donaldson 29:49
And well done to Danny for being the first runner home at only his 567th attempt. Danny once told me “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence”. Boke.

Antrim parkrun:
Sarah Knowles 26:52, Yasmin Lynn 28:21, Terry McIvor 28:22, Jo Smyth 39:31, Elaine Kennedy 39:31

Victoria parkrun:
Louise Ladd 30:01, Marie McFarlane 30:22PB, Jennifer McCoppin 30:36, Debbie Sterritt 32:44, Freda Stubbs 32:57PB, Fidelma McCoppin 32:58, Aaron Ladd 43:47, Alan Ladd 43:49, Rosalind Stitt 48:58

Queens parkrun:
Stephen Semple 22:00PB, Maeve Kennedy 24:42PB, Jim Guinn 28:35

No parkrun tourists this week. Must all still be exhausted after last week’s travels.

And ADav went to the Valley 34:10

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Ryan McCready 9:13PB, Joseph Eager 9:24, Leo McAuley 10:01, Eloise McAuley 11:28, Matthew Hawkins 11:41

Bangor junior parkrun:
Aaron Ladd 15:20PB

Keeping up the proud Harrier tradition of mixing drink and running, our own Ian Simpson, held on to his pint of stout to complete the Great North Run in 2:55:54. Well done sir.

And over at the headers corner, Paul Skillen took on the Dublin Triathlon finishing in 1:39:52.

My last tune seemed to go down well with many. It really is good to see so many people of a certain age still out running!
However, this week’s song has to be for young Mister Donaldson. He does talk rubbish sometimes but he’s still a winner and I know he loves his AOR.

Until next week, behave.