Runner of the month – December 2018

December ROTM nominations were dominated by two events, Cross Country and the Seeley Cup.

Suzanne Brennan was nominated for rounding up and leading the ladies XC team in to battle in the Athletics NI XC league.

Club newcomer Ramunas Stanevicius received several nominations for some excellent PBs, race performances and team XC participation. Definitely a Harrier to watch out for in the future!

Similarly, Kevin Donnelly and Lee O’Boyle received nominations for superb PBs in the Seeley Cup, strong XC results and a sprinkling of podiums for the club.

But there can only be one winner and in my opinion this one is long overdue!

He is one of the most consistent club attendees throughout the year at training, always puts in a great performance in races and has had some amazing achievements throughout the year.

Sometimes these performances go under the radar due to his modesty, but it has finally caught up with him this month and has not gone unnoticed by many voting Harriers.

December saw him finish off a great year in style with a blistering PB in the Seeley Cup and some brilliant runs in XC events, helping the men’s team to score some valuable league bonus points.

ROTM is… the one… the only… Joe Mathers!

Club Report – Sunday 13th January 2019

“Blow, blow, thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man’s ingratitude; Thy tooth is not so keen, because thou art not seen, although thy breath be rude.”
So said my bro’ Willy Shakespeare. Probably after he visited Mallusk one January.
But even he would have been impressed, nay overwhelmed, by the sight of almost 500 headers out in the fields today for the Mathieson Cup and Shield event. But more of that later.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Tom Fleming 20:33, Neil Campbell 21:33, Joe Mathers 21:34, Damien Cole 22:13, Stephen Gallagher 22:39, Laura Rose 23:45 (and first female finisher), Karen McKee 24:01 (2nd female finisher), Noel Bloomfield 24:34, Ramunas Stanevicius 24:51, Nuala Muldoon 25:24, Paul Skillen 25:36, Sarah McCafferty 26:08, Gabrielle McMillan 26:08, Pamela McCafferty 26:14, Jim Hewitt 27:08, Frances Kane 30:35, Roisin Brooks 31:16, Karen O’Boyle 32:26, Fidelma McCoppin 33:16, Tracey Whittley 34:15, Alyson Taylor 34:46, Patricia Kane 37:51, Deirdre McCann 43:31

Antrim parkrun:
Alan Kerr 24:42, Tina Steele 26:25, Deborah Ewing 26:26, Leo McAuley 26:33

Waterworks parkrun:
Ryan Clarke 21:06, Susan Thompson 24:54, Ken McAuley 24:55, Suzanne Brennan 26:19, Danny Donaldson 28:55, Tiffany Donaldson 28:55, Jo Smyth 44:39

Victoria parkrun:
Neil McCready 21:08PB, Ryan McCready 28:06

Wallace parkrun:
Jim Guinn 27:49

Comber parkrun:
Elaine HOTM Kennedy 31:08

Stormont parkrun:
David Esler 31:22

Orangefield parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 34:12

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:20, Matthew Hawkins 11:42, Leo McAuley 11:52, Eloise McAuley 11:59

Today, Ramunas Stanevicius took on the latest EAMS half marathon event finishing in 1:31:46.

But the big event of the week was the Harriers’ first event to be part of the XC League.
The overall Mathieson Cup for the men’s team event was won by North Belfast Harriers. The ladies Mathieson’s Shield was won by Acorns AC. A big congratulations to both.

Individually, the ladies’ event was won by Sinead Sweeney (unattached) and the men’s event by Mark McKinstry of NBH.
Full results, including the juniors are available on the Mallusk Cross Country Facebook page.
The Harriers performed as follows:
Ladies’ 6k Race:
Laura Rose 25:54, Karen McKee 27:12, Suzanne Brennan 27:22, Sarah McCafferty 28:08, Sharon Dunn 28:22, Pamela McCafferty 29:09, Gabrielle McMillan 29:10, Janine McNevison 31:59, Maeve Dunseath 32:17, Nikki Fleck 33:11, Leeanne Skillen 33:28, Lisa Kerr 33:38, Laura Campbell 34:06, Roisin Brooks 34:07, Angela Stevens 34:14, Joanne Milne 34:35, Emily Dowling 34:36, Leah Burns 34:42, Anita Piatek 34:45, Frances Kane 35:23, Galina Stanevicius 36:02, Gillian Bainbridge 36:09, Louise Ladd 36:13, Karen O’Boyle 36:18, Tiffany Donaldson 36:18, Fidelma McCoppin 36:46, Mairead O’Hare 39:43, Patricia Kane 43:16
Overall, the ladies’ team finished in 3rd position. A great result!

Men’s 8k Race:
Mark Smith 28:21, Lee O’Boyle 29:06, Alan Ladd 29:35, Neil Campbell 29:39, Joe Mathers 29:41, Chris Speers 31:35, Stephen Gallagher 32:01, Danny Donaldson 33:46, Alastair Houldsworth 34:06, Neil McCready 34:26, Alan Erwin 35:45, Paddy Brooks 36:39, Damien Cole 36:54, Jonny Smith 37:18, Brendan McGeown 37:44, Ciaran Hawkins 38:07, Lord Ian Brennan 38:53, Jim Guinn 39:27, Richard Dunseath 41:08, Eamonn Donaghy 41:57, Neill McGlinchey 43:25, Terry McIvor 43:34, David Esler 43:39, Aidy Hughes 43:56
Overall the men finished 4th. Well done gents!

Full results for the juniors are not available at the time of writing but there was a second place finish for Tom Fleming in the U12 race and a third place finish for Adam McCann in the U14 race.

All those who helped organise the race, provided sponsorship, encouraged participation, set up the course and facilities, tried to wreck the gazebo, baked/provided food and drinks, marshalled, cheered everyone on, did timekeeping, provided results, served food and hot drinks and tidied up afterwards should give themselves a big pat on the back. A job well done folks.

This week’s tune is for all those who were brave enough to take on Mallusk’s weather in January. And won.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 6th January 2019

My new year’s resolution is to be less sarcastic and more positive. How long do you think this fairy tale will last?!
Anyway, resolutions are like kids – more fun making than keeping. On with the results…

Late result from last week was Dawn Dubois completing the EAMS 10k on Sunday 31st in 1:21:50.
On the same day, our vest in the west, Aidy Hughes found yet another race none of the rest of us had heard of (not even Lee!). Aidy completed the Loughmacrory 5 mile race in 43:58 (unofficial).

Traditionally, the first race of the year is the Race over the Glens. Harriers were well represented as usual:
Lee O’Boyle 35:26 (11th overall and 1st place in M35 category), Joe Mathers 38:52, Stephen Gallagher 43:06, Nuala Muldoon 49:53

Shaking off the hangovers and taking on the New Year’s Day parkruns were:
Valley parkrun:
Danny Donaldson 21:07, Christiaan Spies 21:18, Laura Rose 22:05PB (and 1st female finisher), Suzanne Brennan 23:47, Neil Campbell 24:43, Sarah McCafferty 25:11, Pamela McCafferty 25:18, Neil McCready 25:23, Galina Stanevicius 26:40PB, Ramunas Stanevicius 26:41, Noel Bloomfield 27:36, Prof Alan ROTM Ladd 27:37, Nikki Fleck 28:51, Yasmin Lynn 29:13, Claire McCann 29:29, Leo McAuley 29:33, Neill McGlinchey 29:37, Laura Campbell 29:39, Owen Fulton 29:40, Micky McAuley 29:41, Elaine HOTM Kennedy 29:43, Jim Hewitt 29:43, Philip Fleck 30:10, Anita Piatek 30:38, Oran McKee 30:43, Karen McKee 30:43, Sharon Dunn 31:54, Tiffany Donaldson 32:25, David Esler 33:22, Mairead O’Hare 37:06, Dawn Dubois 38:51PB

Antrim parkrun:
Stephen Semple 22:57, Maeve Kennedy 24:25PB, Nikki Fleck 27:40, Deborah Ewing 28:12, Tina Steele 28:13, Philip Fleck 29:24, Elaine HOTM Kennedy 29:27, Janet Grew 29:29, Jim Grew 29:29

Waterworks parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 19:44PB, Danny Donaldson 19:50, Christiaan Spies 20:01PB, Laura Rose 22:00PB, Neil Campbell 22:16, Neil McCready 22:26, Noel Bloomfield 25:16, Sarah McCafferty 25:19PB, Pamela McCafferty 25:20PB, Lord Ian Brennan 25:24, Anton Piatek 26:20, Jim Hewitt 26:32, Eamon Donaghy 26:36, Galina Stanevicius 26:48PB, Paul Skillen 26:49, Leo McAuley 29:25, Claire McCann 29:33, Jasper Brooks 29:42, Paddy Brooks 29:45, Micky McAuley 29:50, Neill McGlinchey 29:58, Laura Campbell 29:59, Sharon Dunn 30:30, Rory Brooks 30:31, Roisin Brooks 30:38, Yasmin Lynn 31:19, David Esler 31:35, Tiffany Donaldson 32:40, Aaron Ladd 36:22PB, Prof Alan ROTM Ladd 36:23, Rosalind Stitt 37:16, Deirdre McCann 39:29

Orangefield parkrun:
Joanne Milne 29:31

Victoria parkrun:
Martin O’Neill 19:18, Stephen Semple 22:35, Maeve Kennedy 23:41PB

The new year tourist was Aidy Hughes who headed east (for him) to Citypark parkrun, finishing in 25:14.
Citypark parkrun is in the lovely city of Craigavon, home of the roundabout and our local version of Milton Keynes. It has a dry ski slope and a petting zoo. I once saw Gloria Hunniford in Craigavon. There is nothing else printable that I can say about Craigavon. But I love Craigavon.

Well done to all those who managed to get 2 parkruns in this morning. Let’s see you keep that effort up all year now!

Saturday January 5th parkruns:
Valley parkrun:
Prof Alan ROTM Ladd 19:25PB (and 2nd overall), Tom Fleming 20:00 (3rd overall), Danny Donaldson 21:35, Neil “ton up” Campbell 22:10, Ken McAuley 22:58, Alan Erwin 23:15, Joe Mathers 23:22, Noel Bloomfield 24:14, Damien Cole 24:36, Lord Ian Brennan 25:31, Susan Thompson 25:33, Terry McIvor 25:42, Brendan McGeown 26:36, Jim Hewitt 26:50, Yasmin Lynn 26:53, Neill McGlinchey 27:15, Jasper Brooks 27:23PB, Paul Skillen 27:24, Lisa Kerr 28:14PB, Oran McKee 29:01, Karen McKee 29:01, Emily Dowling 29:58, Roisin Brooks 30:09, Nuala Muldoon 30:29, Frances Kane 30:37, Rory Brooks 30:53PB, Paddy Brooks 30:54, Karen O’Boyle 31:17, Sharon Dunn 32:07, Tiffany Donaldson 32:22, David Esler 36:12, Christopher Campbell 36:37, Laura Rose 36:38, Patricia Kane 37:39, Deirdre McCann 42:10, Lorraine Forsythe 1:02:20, Owen Fulton 1:02:21
Congratulations to Mr Chairman Campbell on completing his 100th parkrun!

Waterworks parkrun:
Robert Gould 23:25

Antrim parkrun:
Stephen “ice cream with a flake in it” Semple 22:14, Maeve Kennedy 24:38, Joseph Eager 24:42, Tina Steele 27:56, Deborah Ewing 28:00, Janet Grew 29:06, Mairead O’Hare 33:30PB, Dawn Dubois 37:19

ECOS parkrun:
Sharon Thompson 34:25, Miriam Clarke 36:51PB, Josi McKeating 37:19

Queens parkrun:
James Guinn 28:00, Elaine HOTM Kennedy 47:39

Yesterday’s tourist was our very own CHO and Zorro impersonator, Alastair Houldsworth who completed Cliffe Castle parkrun in 21:55. Cliffe Castle parkrun is in Keighley. We’ve spoken of it before back in November so let’s not repeat ourselves.

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:15, Leo McAuley 10:00, Owen Dunseath 10:45, Matthew Hawkins 11:06, Eloise McAuley 11:09, Hollie Brennan 15:41

Yesterday also saw the latest Born2Run event at Tollymore. Competing in the 10k race were Ramunas and Galina Stanevicius, finishing in 41:34 and 58:13 respectively.

This week’s tune is really a theme and is in honour of Mr Campbell on his 100th parkrun. He knows why – he knows what he’s doing!

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 30th December 2018

Too many selection boxes and too many germs in Chateau Cavillator and too many races to report. So it’s less talk and more action this week.

As promised last week, here’s the Harrier results from the Leg It Hazelbank 5 Mile Xmas Run on 23rd. Seems a long time ago now!
Alan Ladd 30:08PB, Joe Mathers 31:27, Ramunas Stanevicius 32:33, Aidy Hughes 40:25, Galina Stanevicius 43:35, Joanne Milne 48:15, Claire McCann 51:50, Stephen Weir 51:51, Louise Ladd 53:20, Freda Stubbs 57:00, Mairead O’Hare 57:21 Zoe O’Prey 1:18:00

Taking on the Xmas day parkruns (and obviously getting their dinners made by their in-laws or mammies) were:
Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 20:10, Laura Rose 22:32 (and first female finisher) Alastair Houldsworth 23:24, Sarah McCafferty 24:39PB (and second female finisher), Noel Bloomfield 24:40, Pamela McCafferty 24:54PB, Nuala Muldoon 25:07, Aidy Hughes 25:53, Owen Fulton 26:16, Neill McGlinchey 27:11, Paul Skillen 27:45, David Esler 30:10, Stephen Weir 31:28, Fidelma McCoppin 32:44, Deirdre McCann 41:32, Rosalind Stitt 43:03, Patricia Kane 43:15

Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 19:31PB, Christiaan Spies 20:18, Neil McCready 23:19, Stephen Semple 24:05, Maeve Kennedy 24:33, Lord Ian Brennan 28:23, Claire McCann 28:50, Joe Mathers 31:40, Aaron Ladd 41:49, Louise Ladd 41:50, Alan ROTM Ladd 41:51

Orangefield parkrun:
Elaine HOTM Kennedy 30:27PB

Big thanks to Prof Ladd for letting me know about the shortcut by date – no need now to post any New Year results on Team App (unless they’re brill and you’re all proud of yourself. In that case, work away).

Saturday December 29th parkruns:
Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 20:35, Tom Fleming 22:15, Michael McFarlane 24:47, Neil Campbell 24:53, Stephen Gallagher 24:53, Nuala Muldoon 25:19, Lord Ian Brennan 25:52, Lisa Kerr 28:32PB, Leo McAuley 29:12, Louise Ladd 29:14, Micky McAuley 29:20, Galina Stanevicius 30:02, David Esler 30:18, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 30:47, Nikki Fleck 31:06, Rory Brooks 31:50, Paddy Brooks 31:53, Karen O’Boyle 32:10, Marie McFarlane 32:12, Jasper Brooks 32:37, Roisin Brooks 32:39, Rosalind Stitt 39:56, Patricia Kane 39:56, Deirdre McCann 43:31, Mairead O’Hare 54:53, Zoe O’Prey 54:54

Waterworks parkrun:
Stephen Semple 23:38, Maeve Kennedy 25:27, Alan Erwin 28:38, Joe Mathers 31:10, Miriam Clarke 38:40

Antrim parkrun:
Sarah Knowles 24:27, Janet Grew 28:41, Deborah Ewing 28:42, Elaine HOTM Kennedy 29:38, Jackie McCreesh 32:38, Jo Smyth 42:33

Victoria parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 18:54PB

ECOS parkrun:
Ken McAuley 22:31, Susan Thompson 23:59

Portrush parkrun:
Owen Fulton 27:25

Wallace parkrun:
James Guinn 29:24

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:20, Leo McAuley 10:02, Matthew Hawkins 11:19, Eloise McAuley 12:34

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Tom Fleming 7:31 (first place)

The Harriers were ably represented on Dec 26th at the Larne AC 5 mile race by Kevin Donnelly 32:33 and Nuala Muldoon 40:24.

On 27th, Lee O’Boyle represented the club at the Muff Glen trail race finishing second in 25:44. Well done Lee on yet another podium finish.

Mairead O’Hare completed the EAMS Carrickfergus Half Marathon in 2:39:56PB. Well done Mairead, all that training and XC is definitely paying off!

Finally, yesterday saw the latest running of the very popular, if slightly mental, Castlewellan Xmas Cracker pairs trail race. Taking on the tough 8.5 mile course were:
Neil McCready (with M McCourt) 1:17:33, Suzanne Brennan and Laura Rose 1:26:38, Pamela and Sarah McCafferty 1:30:14, Joanne Milne and Sharon Dunn 1:47:55, Anita and Anton Piatek 1:50:05

So here’s hoping you had a great 2018. We’ll meet again in 2019. Let’s hope it’s healthy, happy and full of PBs.
Happy new year!

Until next week, behave.