Club Report – Sunday 1st December 2019

Ken has his tree up so it must be nearly Christmas. Time to ask Santa for all that running gear that will definitely make you faster. How can I be expected to improve if I don’t have that new jacket or the latest buff? Surely I don’t have to train as well?

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Lee O’Boyle 18:16(PB and 1st place finish), Adam McCann 20:43PB, Paul Skillen 23:33, Neil McCready 23:33, Noel Bloomfield 24:49, Neill McGlinchey 28:43, Frances Kane 32:09, Patrick Hughes 37:20

Waterworks parkrun:

Ken McAuley 21:12, Ciaran Wright 22:28, Jim Hewitt 25:57, Susan Thompson 25:57, Claire McCann 31:05, Marie McFarlane 31:14, Fidelma McCoppin 31:50

Victoria parkrun:

Lord Ian “lonely pint” Brennan 23:02PB

ECOS parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 30:43

Queens parkrun:

Jim Guinn 29:57

Antrim parkrun:

Ben Davidson 23:57PB

This week’s tourists were Stephen Semple and Maeve Kennedy who took on the Oldbridge parkrun in Co Meath, finishing in 26:03 and 29:01 respectively. This parkrun takes place on the actual site of the Battle of the Boyne. Whilst our media officer has a panic attack, I will only say that Oldbridge is the location of the Mary McAleese Boyne Valley bridge which, as we all know, was Ireland’s longest cable-stayed bridge for over 6 years. Six!

And ADav was at Antrim 23:17

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Leo McAuley 8:51, Hollie Brennan 14:01PB

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Ben Halliday 11:37, Matthew Hawkins 14:20

Prof Alan Ladd, like the swallow, headed south for the winter, taking on the Clonakilty Waterfront marathon (probably in front of some water). He finished 11th in 3:08:05.

Aidy Hughes got the passport out and left Tyrone for the much sweeter fields of Co Armagh. He finished the Aghagallon Santa run in Lurgan in an unofficial 32:59.

The big event of the week was the last of the year’s big road events, the Seeley 10k:

Ramunas Stanevicius 38:04(and yet another PB), Stephen Gallagher 40:20PB, Paddy Brooks 48:34, Andrew Kerr 49:16PB, Angela Stevens 54:12PB, Galina Stanevicius 58:36

Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime. Stieg Larsson’s books only sold after his death. Vermeer, Nick Drake, Galileo, Emily Dickinson, all ignored or underrated during their lifetimes. Only fully appreciated after their time. For several years, I feared I may suffer the same fate. But no longer. Many thanks for the award. But Chesney Hawkes? Seriously? Here’s a proper tune from 1981 from the Swap Shop team.

Still don’t like you though.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 24th November 2019

I’ve obviously spent most the week reviewing political manifestos but it was another week another muddy field for the MH mudsuckers so I’d better keep off the politics and report on that instead.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:
Paul Skillen 23:57, Yasmin Lynn 29:04, Joanne Milne 30:24, Owen Fulton 51:47

Waterworks parkrun:
Ken McAuley 21:45, Susan Thompson 24:36, Claire McCann 29:04

Antrim parkrun:
Maeve Kennedy 24:54, Anton Piatek 30:12, Tina Steele 31:03, Elaine Kennedy 1:00:48

Wallace parkrun:
Neil McCready 20:35PB

Carrickfergus parkrun:
Alan Kerr 26:01, Lorraine Ann Forsythe 49:37

Sixmilewater parkrun:
Tom Fleming 19:10, 1st place overall and matched his course PB. Well done Tom (again!)

And ADav was at the Valley 23:59

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:45, Joseph Eager 9:14, Eloise McAuley 9:47

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Ben Halliday 1133, Riley Kerr 11:40, Matthew Hawkins 16:23, Rhys Kerr 16:27

A late result off the vidiprinter from last week saw David Esler continue his take over of Las Vegas. After completing the 5k he then took on the half marathon distance, finishing in 2:36:47. His own description of this as #PartyPace is excellent and is now the leading principal of my current training regime. Matt Shields may disagree. And probably rightly so.

Elaine Kennedy continued her recent run of marathons, completing the latest EAMs Fatlad marathon in 5:23:48.

Earlier today, Bernard McKeaveney donned the tash, and God knows what else, to complete the MoRun 10k at Stormont in 57:10.

Also today, Ramunas Stanevicius continued his strong weekend of running with a PB performance of 18:34 in the Castleblaney 5k.

But the big event of the week was the latest XC league, the Malcolm Cup at Ballyclare. There was a great turnout from the Harriers. Most impressive were those runners who endured the horrors of Comber and still came back for more. Complete headers.

Ladies 3 mile race:
Sharon Dunn 24:48, Angela Stevens 25:19, Pamela McCafferty 26:01, Suzanne Brennan 26:03, Sarah “the comeback kid” McCafferty 26:27, Maeve Dunseath 26:29, Bernie “why did I do this again?” McAllister 26:35, Galina Stanevicius 29:00, Roseann McGeown 37:23

Men’s 4 mile race:
Lee O’Boyle 23:30, Ramunas Stanevicius 25:21, Prof Alan Ladd 26:15, Joe Mathers 27:12, Neil McCready 28:39, Mike Halliday 29:45, Sean Doherty 30:20, Stephen Smyth 31:20, Owen Fulton 32:04, Alan “out of his sickbed and it wasn’t even a hangover” Irwin 32:24, Brendan McGeown 33:46, Lord Ian “I don’t care cus I won an iPad” Brennan 33:46.1

The battle for 12th (or actually 11th this time for all you pendants out there) took on a new dimension as it saw its first ever sprint finish. McGeown won this one but it was a hollow victory as Lord Brennan had twisted an ankle mid-race and was not operating on all cylinders. The most impressive element was that both managed to keep their breakfasts down in the funnel afterwards. Just.
Those of you desperately awaiting the next instalment will have to wait a while as Lord Brennan cannot make the next race at Mighty Oaks. He says he is going to the Xmas panto with work.
Oh no he isn’t.
Oh yes he is.

So this week’s song is for all the mudsuckers, especially those who suffered at the end.

Until next week, behave.


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Club Report – Sunday 17th November 2019

There’s me thinking I would have a quiet week this week, all done early and curled up in front of the Blackpool ballroom. But no. You lot were flippin’ running everywhere. From the Valley to Vegas. Literally.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Ben Davidson 23:41, Noel Bloomfield 25:03, Sharon Dunn 25:53, Frances Kane 30:19, Joanne Milne 30:38, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 31:06, Roisin Brooks 31:21, Lisa Kerr 32:08

Waterworks parkrun:

Ken McAuley 21:18, Paul Skillen 22:06PB, Susan Thompson 24:51, Jim Hewitt 26:07

Ormeau parkrun:

Anton Piatek 26:54

Antrim parkrun:

Neil McCready 21:42, Tina Steele 30:15

Carrickfergus parkrun:

Alan Kerr 25:14, Zoe O’Prey 43:40, Lorraine-Ann Forsythe 48:59

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 20:12

A couple of tourists this week. Social boy pulled the trainers back on again and headed for the home of the parkrun, Bushy Park, finishing in 38:34. Just the 1,327 runners at this one. (Sammy’s voice would be wrecked!). 

Stephen Weir was at Leazes parkrun, finishing in 31:17. This one takes place in Leazes park in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. It has a lake and some fancy gates. That’s it. That’s all I’ve got.

And ADav was at the Valley 24:10

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Joseph Eager 9:38

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Ben Halliday 11:54, Riley Kerr 11:58, Matthew Hawkins 11:59, Rhys Kerr 12:59PB

And a big well done to Matthew on his 100th parkrun.

Wednesday (probably fairly late on) saw the Run in the Dark events:


Anton Piatek 51:29PB, Paddy Brooks 53:21, Jay Scott 54:23, Bernard McKeaveney 55:56, Victoria McCready 1:16:18

On Saturday, Prof Alan Ladd got his wizard hat back out again and organised the latest Club Handicap race. The race anyone can win. If they run. The full results are on Team App but suffice to say that the juniors continued their domination of this event. The podium places were taken by Riley Kerr in first place, followed by Owen Fulton and Andrew Kerr. A Kerr sandwich with a Fulton filling if you will.

The latest Born 2 Run event happened yesterday at Drum Manor:


Ramunas Stanevicius 39:53 (and 4th place finish), Dermot Boyd 1:06:46

Published results do not contain club names so I can only report those posted on Team App.

Unfortunately, I cannot find any published results for the 26Extreme events so if you want your result published please comment on this post.

Our international desk reports that the Harrier vest was once more on display down under as Sarah Ross completed the Queensland marathon in 4:15:02. 

Hot off the vidiprinter, I have just been informed that Lee O’Boyle has finished 3 rd in the Tweed
Valley Ultra in Scotland in a time of 5:50:10. This is a 65k (40 mile) multi-terrain event with over
5,000 ft of elevation. Or a Sunday run as Lee now calls it. Take a bow Sir. Carefully.

Finally, David Esler ended up where he was born to be, Vegas baby! He completed the Las Vegas Rock’n’Roll 5k in 30:00. No doubt he’s now away off for a bit of Siegfried & Roy.

So this week’s song is for Mr Esler. Let’s hope he’s got the gold lame suit on too!

Until next week, behave.


Club of the Year 2019

Club of the Year 2019 Winners

Club of the Year 2019


Mallusk Harriers has won the Club of the Year category at the Antrim and Newtownabbey Sports Awards. Neil Campbell and Paul Skillen accepted the prize on behalf of the club at a ceremony in The Theatre at the Mill on 14th November. This wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of our club committee, coaches, members and supporters.

Congratulations and thank you everyone!

Club Report – Sunday 10th November 2019

Thanks to the new media officer for covering for me last week. Apologies for my absence, I was away selling a kidney so I could afford to enter a couple of races that I may do in a year or so. Happy times.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Neil Campbell (and 1st place finish), Owen Fulton 27:29, Jay Scott 27:47, Neill McGlinchey 28:45, Patrick Hughes 37:40, Zoe O’Prey 44:33

Waterworks parkrun:

Anita “lonely pint” Piatek 27:55

Antrim parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 28:43

Our resident Kiwi, Sarah Ross, completed the NZ Dunedin parkrun in 27:20

And our only tourist this week was Stephen Gallagher. He added his name to the illustrious MH Clermont Hall of Fame completing the Florida parkrun in 20:00.

And ADav was at Antrim 23:10

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Joseph Eager 9:26

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Matthew “ice-cream with a flake” Hawkins 11:20, Riley Kerr 12:12, Rhys Kerr 13:44

3 Harriers were at the Ballynahinch Remembrance 5k yesterday:

Hannah Hope 33:07 Dermot Boyd 33:08, Anne Boyd 46:30

But the main event of the weekend was the Mudsuckers second visit to Billy Neill Playing Fields in Comber for the latest XC league meeting, the Bobby Rea event.

The team were not sure whether to wear spikes or flippers as the bad weather of the week continued and only got worse. I think there was a spot at the back of the course borrowed from the upside down in Stranger Things. Several runners are still unaccounted for.

Speaking of strange things, I can only report the results as they are published. This means several of the ladies have no times and most results bear no resemblance to GPS watch times. The only result that can be reported with any confidence is that Lord Brennan won the battle for 12th. Maybe it was mud getting in there making Benny’s eyes water in the gazebo afterwards.

Ladies 5k swim:

Sharon Dunn 29:22, Angela Stevens 30:24, Suzanne Brennan “no time”, Galina Stanevicius “no time”, Laura Campbell “no time”, Leeanne Skillen “no time”, Roseann “better put my ticket on” McGeown “no time”

Men’s 8k swim:

Lee O’Boyle 37:30, Ramunas Stanevicius 38:25, Prof Alan Ladd 41:13 maybe, Neil McCready 43:30, Joe Mathers 46:10, Paul Skillen 46:30, Sean “newbie and luvin’ it” Doherty 46:48, Owen “ringer” Fulton 49:48, Lord Ian “victory is mine” Brennan 52:00, Brendan McGeown 53:00

Big thanks to social boy for the Gazebo and refreshments and thanks to those who helped put it up and dismantle it in those conditions.

So this week’s song is for the mudsuckers who braved the Comber conditions yesterday. It was obviously too cold for timing chips but not for us. For those who ran/swam round those fields, we salute you.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 3rd November 2019


Waterworks: Ian Brennan 23:59, Joseph Eager 24:59, James Hewitt 25:04, Mave Kennedy 25:36

Antrim: Elaine Kennedy 29:33

Carrick: Alan Kerr 24:25, Lorraine Ann Forsythe 51:34

Bangor: Alex Davidson 21:26, Ben Davidson 23:54

Victoria: Patrick McGuckin 20:56, Susan Thompson 27:55

Valley: Paul Skillen 23:25,  Owen Fulton 24:26, Neil McGlinchey 29:16, Joanne Milne 31:34, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 31:46, Frances Kane 32:52, Galina Stanevicius 33:23, Fidelma McCoppin 33:27, Rosalind Stitt 55:30.

Orangefield: Neil McCready 20:32, David Esler 27:41

Portrush: Maeve Dunseath 31:01

Jordanstown Junior: Matthew Hawkins 16:26

Cross Country

85th McConnell Shield Cross Country U14’s: Tom Fleming 06:05 (3rd place) and Peter Fleming

Road  Races 

Born2Run Minnowburn 10k (Chiptimes) : Dermot Boyd 1:06:04

Decathlon 10k (Chiptimes):  Alan Ladd 37:25 PB , Neil Campbell   37:43 PB, Ramunas Stanevicius 38:51,  Paddy Brooks 47:14, Yasmin Lynn 50:19 PB,     Maeve Kennedy 51:54, A.K. 53:46 PB, Michael McFarlane 59:28, Marie McFarlane 59:28 PB,  Galina Stanevicius 59:58.

EAMS Halloween Frightener: Bernard McKeaveney Marathon (Unofficial) 4:54:4 and Jay Scott Half Marathon (Unofficial) 2:04:04 PB

New York Marathon (Unofficial Tracker Finish Times): Lee O’Boyle 2:53:00 and Karen McKee 4:20:53

I’ll leave the wit to our usual report writer but I do like my rock so this is for Lee and Karen

Club Report – Sunday 27th October 2019


A quieter week this week as the hill headers and mudsuckers both took a week off. Unless you’re a junior. They don’t feel the cold like the rest of us. I know its cold when my teeth start chattering. And they’re still in the glass beside the bed.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Patrick Hughes 23:54PB, Yasmin Lynn 28:43, Neill McGlinchey 29:04, Stephen Weir 32:14, Frances Kane 32:46, Roseann McGeown 33:18

Waterworks parkrun:

Ramunas Stanevicius 18:38PB (and 3rd place overall), Claire McCann 27:32, Galina Stanevicius 27:42, Nikki Fleck 28:34, Philip Fleck 30:19

Antrim parkrun:

Joseph Eager 25:16, Maeve Kennedy 25:24

Wallace parkrun:

Dermot Boyd 30:06PB

Ormeau parkrun:

David Esler 25:55, Anita Piatek 46:54

Carrickfergus parkrun:

Alan Kerr 24:49

Stranmillis parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 42:39

Our resident Kiwi, Sarah Ross, completed the NZ Dunedin parkrun in 26:18.

And ADav was at the Valley 23:58

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Joseph Eager 9:23, Hollie Brennan 14:10PB

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Riley Kerr 11:11, Rhys Kerr 14:25

Our juniors were once again showing up the oldies this week. This time it was at the NI & Ulster XC Championships:

Girls 10

Hannah Chestnutt 5:52

Girls 12

Jill Chestnutt 6:38

Boys 10

Peter Fleming 4:43 (and 4th place), Oran McKee 5:44, Joe Eager 5:47

Boys 14

Tom Fleming 10:16

Newbie Jay Scott competed in the EAMS Dublin B2B half marathon yesterday, finishing in 2:10:08PB.

The big running event of the week was, of course, the Dublin marathon. The Harriers had 8 brave souls taking on the half decent Autumnal conditions:

Joe Mathers 3:04:54, Stephen Gallagher 3:11:04, Alan Erwin 3:27:06PB, Patricia Curistan 3:39:42, Jonny Smith 4:03:17, Angela Stevens 4:28:48, Danny Donaldson 5:07:27, Tiffany Donaldson 6:14:05

So, this week’s song/singer is for our very own Dub runners. It’d from the best band out of Dublin since Power of Dreams. Sorry Bono.

Until next week, behave.


Runner of the Month – September 2019

As the cold dark training nights begin to set it, September seems like a distance memory already.
September saw many Harriers taking on some of the biggest local (and not so local) races in the running calendar,
Laganside 10k, Belfast Half Marathon, The Great North Run and Berlin Marathon... to name a few!
Ramunas Stanevicius again earned himself a nomination, becoming a bit of a habit now, but to be expected with his consistent progress month after month!
"Outstanding participation in races but particularly his PBs at Laganside, Belfast Half and more recently at Valley Parkrun."
Club newcomer Bernard McKeaveney earns his first ROTM nomination, some say it is because of his great progress since joining the club, others say it is because he has been bribing people with cake, I'll let you decide!
"Has only just joined the club but has been out smashing race after race. Always with a smile and is getting lots of PBs. He is a great asset to the team. Plus, if he wins he might make cake"
Alan Erwin - great to see Alan back to full strength following a lengthy period of setback due to injury. This month saw him continue to grow from strength to strength with an amazing PB in Belfast Half marathon.
"For me the standout performance this month has been Alan Erwin. He is looking so strong in training and it paid off with a 1:30 half marathon that I'm not sure he could believe himself.
Fantastic especially considering his setback with injury at the start of the year."
Lee O'Boyle. Yep, the men's cappy himself earned a few nominations for his club representation at Berlin marathon, running a PB in the process.
"Lee has had an incredible few months and his performance at the Berlin marathon was outstanding. He’s always encouraging others and gives so much to the club".
"Outstanding performance at Berlin Marathon. Lee is always so committed to his training and also finds time to give so much back to the club in his role as male captain."
But there can only be one winner... and what a winner...
This lady has been the ROTM bridesmaid so many times recently, but it's time to put a stop to that! Consistent training has just seen PB after PB in all distances over the last few months and she has represented the club in race after race all across the country. A fantastic performance at the Great North Run did not go unnoticed and has earned her a long overdue ROTM award. Well done
"Anita from the beginning of her training for the GNR she was determined, and this showed in all her runs leading up to the GNR with numerous PB's. She did amazing in the GNR and deserves to be ROTM"
"Anita has been deserving of ROTM for the last few months and always seems to get pipped to the post. Another outstanding month for her with PBs and a great run at GNR. Consistent training paying off"
Well done to all of the nominees and thank you for your votes!