Club Report – Sunday 17th February 2019

As with most weeks lately, we start the report with yet another late result from the Donaldsons’ travels in the US of A. Springsteen doesn’t tour this long.

Fed up with parkruns and 5 milers, the two lunatics decided to take on the Florida marathon, Danny finishing in 3:52:43 and Tiffany in 5:48:56. Another one chalked up guys, well done!

Another late result I promised to catch up on was the Junior results from the Stormont XC event:

U13 Boys

Ryan McCready 7:47

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Prof Alan ROTM Ladd 19:00PB (and 2nd place), Ramunas Stanevicius 19:47PB, Tom Fleming 19:52, Joe Mathers 22:38, Laura Rose 22:53 (and first female finisher), Stephen Semple 22:54PB, Ken McAuley 23:45, Sarah McCafferty 23:54PB, Maeve Kennedy 24:17PB, Paul Skillen 24:49, Neil Campbell 24:51, Noel Bloomfield 24:58, Susan Thompson 25:01, Pamela McCafferty 25:03, Anton Piatek 25:07PB, Brendan McGeown 26:31, Jim Hewitt 26:33, Nikki Fleck 30:02, Angela Stevens 30:23PB, Yasmin Lynn 30:33, Terry McIvor 30:38, Leo McAuley 30:44, Suzanne Brennan 30:59, Sharon Dunn 31:00, Roisin Brooks 31:28, Oran McKee 31:32, Karen McKee 31:35, Emily Dowling 31:40, Frances Kane 31:59, Karen O’Boyle 32:12, Lisa Kerr 33:57, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 33:58, Fidelma McCoppin 34:47, Louise Ladd 34:50

And big congratulations to Laura on completing her 100th parkrun. And despite the lack of sausage rolls, the food on offer was delicious.

And well done Tom on your 150th parkrun!

Waterworks parkrun:

Nuala Muldoon 24:09, Michael McFarlane 24:50, Claire McCann 27:32PB

Victoria parkrun:

Neil McCready 19:33PB

Well done Neil – a lot of hard work has paid off with an amazing sub 20 time. PB smashed.

Antrim parkrun:

Alan Kerr 27:10, Tina Steele 29:11, Deborah Ewing 29:12

Queens parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 47:16

Wallace parkrun:

Dermot HOTM Boyd 31:57, Anne Boyd 43:43

And ADav appeared at the Valley 28:00

There was a big fight on this week for the parkrun tourist crown. Aidy Hughes had a bit of a go with Dungannon parkrun in 26:06. Then Maeve Dunseath tried with Portrush in 26:57. The Donaldsons, obviously, were back at it, this time in Pensacola, Florida. Danny in 21:46 and Tiffany in a not always vertical 39:00. But the winner should be Sarah Ross who has finally found a parkrun in New Zealand. Sarah completed the Western Springs parkrun near Auckland in 24:56

Auckland is built on over 50 volcanos and has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world but the best thing I know about Pensacola is that they have a minor league baseball team called the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Class. Pensacola wins.

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Joseph Eager 9:34

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Rhys Kerr 15:51

Another event taking place both yesterday and today (and possibly tomorrow) is the Atlas Running Last One Standing Ultra at Castle Ward.

Representing our headers division was Hilary Faith. Hilary completed 38 miles in the event. Amazing. Big respect Hilary.

So, this week’s tune is for Hilary and all those who were, or still are, running at Castle Ward.

And no, I didn’t pick the Elton John song that has Bruno in the video. This song is better. Fact.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 10th February 2019

The weather continued to batter us this week, mainly in an attempt to kill the club headers doing the XC at the weekend. But we’re too strong for that. More later.

Tidying up a late result from last week, the globetrotting Donaldsons took part in the Boston Super Sunday 5 miler. In Boston. Danny finished in 32:31 and Tiffany in 48:08

Taking on the remaining parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Joe Mathers 20:24 (and 3rd place overall), Nuala Muldoon 25:25 (and 2nd female finisher), Nikki Fleck 28:45, Noel Bloomfield 29:05, Philip Fleck 29:22, Marie McFarlane 33:26, Lisa Hamilton 33:27, Fidelma McCoppin 33:48, Sharon Thompson 34:51PB, Deirdre McCann 41:50, Galina Stanevicius 1:01:43
And big congratulations to Nuala Muldoon on completing her 200th parkrun. Nuala has now completed 95 runs at the Valley and rumour has it she is very close to memorising the full course!
How many Harriers have passed the 200 mark? I can only think of one other – he who cannot be fully named (A Dav). Can anyone confirm this?

Waterworks parkrun:
Stephen Semple 23:14, Robert Gould 24:01, Maeve Kennedy 25:00, Jim Hewitt 25:39, Susan Thompson 25:39, Ken McAuley 25:40, Claire McCann 27:59
And more congratulations, this time to Jim Hewitt on completing 100 parkruns.

Victoria parkrun:
Anita Piatek 27:50PB

Antrim parkrun:
Leo McAuley 26:41, Micky “my days at the top are numbered” McAuley 26:46, Tina Steele 29:08, Deborah Ewing 29:55, Jo Smyth 42:45

Carrickfergus parkrun:
Michael McFarlane 24:56PB

Orangefield parkrun:
Stephen Weir 31:212

Stranmillis parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 30:54

This week’s tourists are, once again, the Donaldsons as their seemingly unlimited tour of the States continues. This week they were in Florida at the Clermont parkrun. Danny finished 4th in 19:51 and Tiffany in 33:47. The course is along the shores of Lake Minneola, named after a type of citrus fruit don’t you know. Clermont is a site chosen by many elite athletes for training. Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and now our own Tiffany have trained here.

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:36, Leo “double up“ McAuley 9:45, Eloise McAuley 10:24PB

Saturday saw the latest XC meet, this time at the picturesque, mostly unoccupied these days, Stormont.
The weather gods were no match for our Mags as the winds dropped and the sun shone down on the mudbath that was most of the course. Everyone complained before and after and everyone loved it. Even Mairead.

Ladies Results:
Laura Rose 23:26, Karen McKee 24:51, Sarah McCafferty 25:40, Sharon Dunn 26:03, Pamela McCafferty 26:24, Maeve Dunseath 28:21, Suzanne Brennan 28:27, Galina Stanevicius 29:28, Joanne Milne 32:04, Angela Stevens 33:31, Leeanne Skillen 33:39, Mairead O’Hare 40:02, Louise Ladd 40:03

Men’s Results:
Lee O’Boyle 25:35, Neil Campbell 26:52, Joe Mathers 27:06, Prof Alan ROTM Ladd 27:39, Ramunas Stanevicius 27:48, Kevin Donnelly 28:47, Stephen Gallagher 29:09, Neil McCready 31:05, Patrick Brooks 32:31, Alan Erwin 33:12, Brendan McGeown 35:12, Jim Guinn 35:40, Lord Ian Brennan 36:51, Aidy Hughes 37:31, Richard Dunseath 38:25, David Esler 39:40

Lee did really well, blah, blah but we all know the real battle is for 12th Harrier home. Unfortunately, it was a hollow victory this time for Benny as Lord Ian was taken out early on. Either by his hamstring or a sniper, we’re not yet sure. And then Jim just got unnecessarily involved and it all got messy. Lurgan will be the most anticipated rematch since Rocky got back in the ring with Apollo Creed.

Junior results are not available at the time of writing so I will catch them up next week.

This week’s tune is for the headers. Mud and glory.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 3rd February 2019

Another week of fighting the weather and the couch to get out on the roads. Even some of the parkruns suffered this week.

Taking on the remaining parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Neil Campbell 20:13, Laura “ice cream with a flake” Rose 23:48 (2nd female finisher), Nuala “really big ice cream with a flake” Muldoon 26:21, Neill McGlinchey 27:32, Emily Dowling 28:55, Lord Ian Brennan 28:56, David Esler 29:35, Angela Stevens 31:39PB

Waterworks parkrun:
Neil McCready 20:43PB, Tony McKeating 22:14PB, Maeve Kennedy 24:23 (3rd female finisher), Robert Gould 25:38, Claire McCann 28:19, Roseann McGeown 33:14, Sharon Thompson 35:09, Josi McKeating 35:30
Fair play to anyone PBing in those icy conditions.

Queens parkrun:
Jim Guinn 26:32

Stormont parkrun:
Hilary Faith 30:11

Orangefield parkrun:
Ken McAuley 22:09, Susan Thompson 24:40

Taking part in the first ever Stranmillis College parkrun was Elaine Kennedy 31:12. Good luck with the new parkrun guys!

This week’s parkrun tourists are Mr & Mrs Donaldson. Danny came first in the Delaware & Raritan Canal parkrun in 19:45 and Tiffany was second female finisher in 29:02. This parkrun is held in Somerset, New Jersey. Danny and Tiff have somehow managed to find a parkrun in the most unremarkable part of America. I cannot tell you anything interesting about Somerset NJ. I apologise. Or apologize if still in NJ.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Matthew Hawkins 10:48PB

Yesterday the latest Born2Run event at Antrim Castle Gardens managed to survive the weather. The 10k was won by our very own Mark Smith in 34:45. Also competing were Ramunas Stanevicius 38:32, Yasmin Lynn 53:20, Galina Stanevicius 54:32, Lisa Kerr 54:24PB.
Jo Smyth represented the club in the 5k, finishing in 43:13

And, finally, this morning, a couple of Harriers took part in the Lagan Valley Charity 5k:
Laura Rose 21:47, Suzanne Brennan 29:28

Another tune in honour of the weather this week. I look forward to a different theme very soon. We all do.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 27th January 2019

Another quiet week for racing, both on and off the road, as most of us were focused on the latest Brexit developments. Or not.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Tom Fleming 20:01, Neil McCready 22:56, Alan Erwin 23:47, Laura Rose 24:09 (first female finisher), Karen McKee 24:40 (second female finisher), Paul Skillen 25:33 (but not third female finisher), Nuala Muldoon 25:41 (actual third female finisher), Emily Dowling 29:58, Jim “ice cream with a flake in it” Hewitt 30:01, Deirdre McCann 41:58, Mairead O’Hare 51:08, Zoe O’Prey 51:09

Antrim parkrun:

Alan Kerr 27:01, Janet Grew 28:23, Deborah Ewing 28:23, Tina Steele 28:24, Angela Stevens 31:07, Elaine HOTM Kennedy 53:35

Waterworks parkrun:

Ramunas Stanevicius 19:41PB, Ken McAuley 22:52, Susan Thompson 24:03, Galina Stanevicius 28:53, Sharon Thompson 33:21PB, Josi McKeating 33:42, Jo Smyth 41:11

Queens parkrun:

Jim Guinn 31:13

Orangefield parkrun:

Ben Davidson 22:51

Larne parkrun:

Stephen Semple 23:30, Maeve Kennedy 24:56 (and first female finisher)

2 parkrun tourists this week. Maeve Dunseath went to Cambridge parkrun finishing in 27:35 and Stephen Weir went to Newcastle upon Tyne finishing in 31:13. Cambridge is obviously a very famous university town. Its many libraries hold in excess of 15 million books and its university alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Byron, Charles Darwin, Geoffrey Chaucer, David Attenborough, Alan Turing, Stephen Fry and Harold Abrahams. Ant and Dec are from Newcastle.

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Owen Dunseath 11:37, Matthew Hawkins 11:46, Erin Dunseath 15:53 (first one!)

Yesterday was also the NI & Ulster Masters XC Championships. As usual it was won by Mark McKinstry but the club was ably represented by Mark Smith, finishing in 23:11.

Not to be outdone by auld Mark, our juniors were representing the club today at the East Coast Junior XC Series event:

Minis – 500m

Eloise McAuley 2:27 and first place. Well done Eloise!

Minors – 1000m

Leo McAuley 5:06, Peter McCann 5:22

Juniors – 1450m

Tom Fleming 5:39 (2nd place)

And, finally, a big well done to Janet and Jim for organising the now annual Cherryburn Challenge to raise funds for Meningitis Now. Still not sure how you organised that weather.

This week’s tune is a classic and is in honour of the weather we’ve had for most of the week.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 20th January 2019

Well, it was a week where we all took a breath and gathered ourselves after the big effort of organising and/or running a huge XC event. Then again, judging by Strava, for many it was a week of 5am alarm calls and running 7 miles every four hours. You know who you are!

One we missed last week was Adam McCann competing in the UUJ Indoor Sprints and Hurdles on Sat 12th. Adam came 1st in the U14 60m hurdles in 13:82. He was also 3rd in the U14 and U15 60m sprint in 9:66. Well done on both Adam!

I also now have the full junior results from our XC event. And they are definitely worth reporting!
Primary School Race
Joe Eager 2:58, Jasper Brooks 3:00, Leo McAuley 3:03, Oran McKee 3:06, Rory Brooks 3:12, Peter McCann 3:14, Keeley McGarry 3:21, Eloise McAuley 3:41, Riley Kerr 3:42, Matthew Hawkins 3:54, Amy O’Boyle 4:02, Lucy Fleck 4:40
U12 Boys
Tom Fleming 3:03 (2nd place)
U14 Boys
Adam McCann 7:58 (3rd place)

I missed Tina Steele out of the Mallusk XC results last week. Tina, my most profuse apologies. I have taken myself out the back and given myself a good kicking. And I still look forward to recording your results at both Stormont and Lurgan!

Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Neil Campbell 19:23 (second finisher), Tom Fleming 19:46PB, Laura Rose 22:57 (first female finisher), Noel Bloomfield 24:18, Nuala Muldoon 24:35, Emily Dowling 28:21, Frances Kane 30:58, Anita Piatek 33:14, Sharon Thompson 36:02, Marie McFarlane 36:02, Freda Stubbs 36:24, Fidelma McCoppin 36:24, David Esler 37:34

Antrim parkrun:
Philip Fleck 28:19, Angela Stevens 31:06

Waterworks parkrun:
Stephen Semple 22:22, Ken McAuley 22:24, Susan Thompson 23;43, Maeve Kennedy 24:35, Jim Hewitt 25:56, Leo McAuley 30:55, Suzanne Brennan 45:31 (with Hollie 45:30)
And big congratulations to Stephen for hitting the 100 parkruns total!

Queens parkrun:
Jim Guinn 25:44

Ormeau parkrun:
Neil McCready 21:14PB, Alan Erwin 26:42, Mairead “PB machine” O’Hare 32:54PB

Orangefield parkrun:
Elaine HOTM Kennedy 29:20PB, Dermot Boyd 34:08PB, Anne Boyd 43:48

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:16, Leo “parkrun double” McAuley 10:15, Matthew Hawkins 11:02, Eloise McAuley 11:10, Hollie “me double too” Brennan 14:48PB

Yesterday was the latest Born2Run event at Gosford. Our own Mark Smith gained yet another podium finish, coming second in 36:17. Well done (again) Mark! Ramunas Stanevicius continued his recent good form with 40:30 in the same event.
The results don’t record club affiliations in these events so please either post to Team App or come in the Top 3 to ensure you get included in the report.

The podium challenge continued today as Lee O’Boyle matched Mark’s 2nd place, this time in the Northern Velocity Garvagh 10k trail race in a time of 36:59. Well done Sir.

Mrs C wouldn’t let me post the video I wanted to do. Not being nice, she said. (Answers on a postcard…) So instead, here’s a tune to help you chill out after a week of long miles, early starts and double days. But remember, it’s not because I like you. Cus I don’t.

Until next week behave.