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.