Club Report – Sunday 21st July 2019

Well good morning Harriers. As our weekly Cavillator is on a well deserved holiday you are once again lumbered with me.

To start us off this week a few had their yearly pilgrimage to the Ards Riviera resort of Portaferry completing the 10 miles and relay where:

10 Miler

Mark Smith 1.02:56 (1st in age category), Steve Smyth 1.13:24, Laura Rose 1.17:46, Suzanne Brennan 1.29:34


Angela Stevens & Hannah Hope 1.36:27

Also taking on a race on Tuesday evening was our very own Kevin Donnelly taking on the Bettystown 5 Miler in a time of 30:59.

Friday saw the annual Sea 2 Sky race in the picturesque town of Newcastle, and again we had very good turnout:

10K Mark Smith 38.36 (1st in age category again)

5K Dermot Boyd 31.41 (1st in age category), Mairead O’Hare 52.52

Taking on the parkruns this week:
Alan Ladd 19.22, Tiffany Donaldson 33.08, Danny Donaldson 33.08, Zoe O’Prey 40.45

Ben Davidson 21.31, Sharon Dunn 23.53, Alex Davidson 23.54, Joanne Milne 27.29

Jim Guinn 28.33

Ken McAuley 21.06, Elaine Kennedy 28.02, Susan Thompson 28.39

Paddy Brooks 22.18, Jasper Brooks 29.19, Rory Brooks 31.32, Roisin Brooks 31.35

Matt Allen 24.18, Maeve Dunseath 25.42, Aidy Hughes 26.53, Neill McGlinchey 28.31, Owen Fulton 28.54, Matthew Hawkins 29.38, Ciaran Hawkins 29.39, Noel Bloomfield 34.46, Gillian Bainbridge 35.50, Kerry McDowell 1.07:29, Jennifer Maguire 1.07:40

Stephen Semple 24.02, Maeve Kennedy (2nd lady), Frances Kane 36.38

Sixmilewater for the 1st ever event
Tom Fleming 20.04. Alaistair Houldsworth 22.20, Peter Fleming 23.10. Suzanne Brennan 25.44, David Esler 25.45, Jill Chestnutt 27.17, Ryan McCready 28.01, Galina Stanevicius 28.24, Sarah Johnston 28.38, Nikki Fleck 29.11, Neil McCready 31.30, Philip Fleck 32.24, Tina Steele 33.04, Anne Boyd 40.17

Jordanstown Junior Parkrun
Ben Halliday 11.40, Matthew Hawkins 11.41, Aaron Ladd 12.37, Caleb Ladd 24.47

Waterworks Junior Parkrun
Joseph Edgar 10.25, Leo McAuley 11.04, Eloise McAuley 11.05

Apologies if anyone has been missed, but as always enjoy the week ahead and stay safe out there.

Work experience boy..

Runner of the Month – June 2019

June was a jam packed month in the racing calendar and as always the Harriers were out in force. From EAMS 6hr Challenges, Comber 10k, Energia 24, ultras in the Mournes, marathons along the coast and the best challenge in the calendar, Mallusk Harriers 24 in 24.

Firstly, a massive congratulations to all the 24 in 24 runners. What an achievement and a big thank you to all the support crew and volunteers. 24 in 24 was a huge success and the money is still coming in for the Children’s Hospice.

Now onto the nominees and some of the reasons for their nomination by their club mates….

Gillian Bainbridge was nominated for Energia 24. This girl has been out from injury for the good part of a year, has turned up to every circuits class because she can’t run but recently started back to Tuesday night sessions. During Energia her foot started to hurt pretty painfully to the point were she couldn’t run. Instead of dropping where the team would have just fallen down the leaderboard, she walked and ran when she could and the team finished with 123.3 miles between them. Outstanding Gillian showing amazing determination and team spirit.

Joanne Milne has struggled with injury but was nominated for her outstanding run at EAMS 6 hour challenge and then at Energia. Great spirit and game for anything!

Laura Campbell was nominated for her excellent running at Energia. Laura showed great determination and strength of character on the day and ran amazingly well always remaining upbeat with a smile on her face. So proud of her

Joe Mathers for 24 in 24, The quiet man! Like the other crazies Joe just got on with this mammoth task.

Laura Rose, for 24 in 24, very impressed with her performance and attitude during 24in24. She clocked up an impressive amount of mileage and led most if it from the front, maintaining a great pace.

Lee O’Boyle, where do you start? So dedicated to his training and supporting others. Lee’s achievements this month were outstanding, completing all 24 parkruns and success at the Mourne way ultra. The determination you have Lee is in another league! Amazing performance in the Mourne ultra and 24. Lee is constantly training to the highest level he works hard in everything he does. Winning the ultra was great to see. It was a long time coming. He smashed 24in24.

Neil Campbell was nominated for his leadership in the 24 in 24 event on the day.

Paddy Brooks, with great runs at Lisburn Half Marathon and Comber 10k shows the training he’s putting in is really paying off. He also managed a few 24 in 24 parkruns to support the team which was greatly appreciated.

Peter McGarry was nominated for another marathon record, enough said 😉💪

The winner of Runner of the Month was difficult to track down. Some say he was off in another country hatching another plan with his minions and others say they see him wondering aimlessly around Victoria park counting laps…… Runner of the month for June is Mr EAMS, Craig Mills aka Gru. Craig has recently joined the headers corner of the club with his 101.3miles in just over 22hrs as Energia 24. What an unbelievable achievement and outstanding running. These words speak for themselves “Craig ran over 100 miles”. This outstanding performance at Energia 24 gets my runner of the month vote. What a fantastic effort, there literally are no words……… other than Congratulations. Craig, you absolutely smashed it!

Club Report – Sunday 14th July 2019

I’m walking on sunshine and don’t it feel good.
So said Katrina and her Waves. I disagree.
Both on a general scientific basis (it sounds dangerous to me) and also after my run today. I was practically walking and didn’t feel good at all.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Neil McCready 20:20PB, Micky McAuley 22:52, Sharon Dunn 26:19, Yasmin Lynn 29:17, Joanne Milne 30:40, Sophie Davidson 30:56, Ben Davidson 30:58, Leo McAuley 31:03, Terry McIvor 31:20, Ian Simpson 36:46, Jennifer Maguire 58:44

Waterworks parkrun:
Danny Donaldson 20:38, Lord Ian Brennan 24:56, Suzanne Brennan 25:33, Maeve Kennedy 27:32, Tiffany Donaldson 35:50

Victoria parkrun:
Mark Smith 17:38

Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 28:43, Laura Rose 32:08

Wallace parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 30:58PB

Colin Glen parkrun:
Stephen Smyth 21:50

Must be that time of year as there are parkrun tourists everywhere at the minute. The Family Fleck went to the sands of Portrush – Philip Fleck 30:05, Nikki Fleck 30:06, Lucy Fleck 1:01:14 plus Tina Steele 28:52. Joe Mathers headed further west to Falcarragh, finishing in 19:24. But this week’s joint winners are the same as last week’s joint winners as Ramunas and Galina continue their travels around Ireland. This week they were in Co. Clare at the Clarisford parkrun. Ramunas finished in 20:01 and Galina in 30:43. Clarisford parkrun is in the village of Killaloe. This was the birthplace of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland in the 11th century and was actually the capital of Ireland for several years. No jokes, just facts. Just because school is out doesn’t mean you can’t keep learning kids!

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 9:25, Eloise McAuley 9:57, Joseph Eager 10:04
And a big congratulations to Leo on completing his 100th junior parkrun!!

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Peter Fleming 8:38PB, Matthew Hawkins 11:18, Riley Kerr 11:20, Rhys Kerr 14:59

And ADav was at the Valley, finishing in 22:23.

So, this week’s tune is in honour of the weather. Not fun for the follicly challenged in the club but lovely for the rest of us. Just remember to keep those taps on. Thanks

Until next week, behave.

Harrier of the Month – June 2019

June was a super busy month for the club with many harriers taking part and helping in lots of crazy running adventures. June had us see Energia 24 and 24in24.

Special mention to our harrier hero Peter McGarry. Whilst out on his run at the pitches he came across a man who had collapsed and needed assistance – peter instantly ran to find the nearest defib. 

Peter McGarry 
‘ For helping a man while he was on a run who had collapsed and needed to be taken to hospital immediately. Another Harrier Hero’

Patricia Curistan 
‘Patricia is always a great support. I would like to nominate P for her support and encouragement during Energia and 24in24. Always puts others first and always great to see her happy smiley face x’

Neil Campbell 
‘Neil does so much for the club behind the scenes, it was his vision as chairman this year that saw 24in24 return and what a huge success it was. He always leads by example and is first in line to support or offer advice’

‘For being the main supportive and encouraging coach at Energia and for imparting his running knowledge and experience on all occasions.’

‘For the time he puts in for the club whether its taking sessions or just giving someone advice about running.’

Marie McFarlane
‘ For keeping us entertained and sane for 24hrs!!’

It goes without saying the harrier … on this instance HARRIERS of the month goes to two ladies who gave up their time to organise 24in24. This is one of many events they have organised within the club. Without all of their hard work going on in the background they wouldn’t be possible. We all appreciate your efforts. The winners are Laura C & Lee-anne!! 👏

Laura Campbell & Lee-anne Skillen 

‘These 2 ladies really deserve this for there tireless efforts supporting the club and managing busy lives. The carry out amazing work all year round for the club and still find time to run and represent the club in belfast marathon and energia 24. They do need commended for the organisation that went into 24 in 24. They should be so proud. What am amazing day for a wee club in Mallusk. Well done ladies. Careers in event management calling you both’

‘Has to be a joint award this month for all the work that went on to the 24 in 24 event. Many many hours of work went into making sure everything was perfect. And it was.’

‘I could probably nominate Leeanne every month. She is always working on something for the club or supporting someone – and always with a smile and the greatest of patience. All this on top of her own training and incredible performance at Energia 24 shows this girls strength of character and determination.’

‘They did an amazing job organising 24 in 24. Lots of hard work went on behind the scenes in preparation for the fab day we had. They were hands on checking everyone was ok … providing massages ( thank you Laura ) our own personal alarm clocks before arriving at each parkrun and generally good moral boosters throughout the whole experience – when times felt hard. ‘

‘Double nomination here for Laura and Leanne as they couldn’t be split – for the amazing effort organising and delivering a pretty special 24 in 24 ParkRun challenge – definitely way more demanding than running it! ‘

’24in24 unreal effort’

‘For everything involved in the 24’

Go celebrate with some well deserved prosecco ladies!! 🍾🥂

Another brilliant month for the club. Thank you so much for everyone who voted and well done to everyone nominated.


Club Report – Sunday 7th July 2019

They say the best things in life are worth waiting for. This report is the exception.

Taking on the parkruns without being headers this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Neil McCready 20:54, Alan Erwin 24:38, Ken McAuley 24:38, Paul Skillen 25:59, Pamela McCafferty 26:47, Leo McAuley 29:40, Lord Ian Brennan 29:52, Danny Donaldson 29:53, Joe Mathers 29:54, Frances Kane 30:20, Neil Campbell 30:38, Philip Fleck 30:57, Rory Brooks 31:44, Paddy Brooks 31:45, Laura HOTM Campbell 32:24, Matthew Hawkins 33:36, Ciaran Hawkins 33:36, Suzanne Brennan 33:44, Jim Hewitt 34:20, Sharon Dunn 34:44, Joanne Milne 34:45, Laura Rose 34:53, David Esler 34:59, Kerry McDowell 35:18, Owen Fulton 35:18, Brenna McGeown 35:49, Roseann McGeown 35:51, Susan Thompson 38:12, Noel Bloomfield 39:11, Tiffany Donaldson 39:14, Anita Piatek 39:16, Niamh McGeown 41:24, Angela Stevens 42:11, Lucy Fleck 55:22, Eloise McAuley 57:41, Jennifer Maguire 57:44, Sarah McCafferty 57:51
And a huge congratulations to all the Run Newtownabbey graduates. Here’s hoping it’s the first of many.

Waterworks parkrun:
Stephen Smyth 20:40PB

Victoria parkrun:
Mark Smith 17:40, Nina Baird 30:28

Antrim parkrun:
Tom Fleming 19:37PB, Stephen Semple 24:38, Alan Kerr 25:10, Maeve Kennedy 26:18, Tina Steele 29:40, Elaine Kennedy 50:57

A few of you went for the tourist of the week title this week. Stephen Weir tried at Newcastle upon Tyne finishing in 29:18, Rafa’s new wage per minute. Fidelma McCoppin was at it again, this time at Avondale Forest. Fidelma finished the trail course in County Wicklow in 35:14. But this week’s winners are Ramunas and Galina Stanevicius. They finished Tralee parkrun in Kerry in 19:27 and 29:19 respectively, Ramunas finishing third in the process. Saint Brendan the navigator is from Tralee. On one of his journeys he found the island of the monks of Ailbe, who have magic loaves, do not age, and maintain complete silence. If only we had a few of them in the club…..

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:27, Eloise McAuley 10:43, Leo “ice cream with a flake” McAuley 10:44

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Matthew Hawkins 11:48, Ben Halliday 12:03

Well done to all the juniors who managed a parkrun double this weekend.

And ADav was at the Valley, finishing in 35:05.

On Friday night, Elaine Kennedy represented the club at the Glenarm Glen 5 mile road race, finishing in 47:47.

On Saturday, Dermot Boyd came out from behind the lens to complete the Clontarf 5 mile in 48:10, a PB.
Yesterday was the Great Rossa Run with Harriers taking on various distances. Aidy Hughes thankfully was there to run the 5k and to translate for the Harriers with the Ardboe locals. Aidy finished in 26:00. Angela Stevens completed the 10k in 58:58 and Kevin Donnelly recovered from the disappointment of not winning parkrun tourist of the week recently to complete the half in an impressive 1:27:13.

So, this week’s tune is to mark the big news in our house recently and I’m sure in others too.
Two words that strike fear into the hearts of parents across the club (except the teachers).
Roll on September…..

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 30th June 2019

Only really one story in town this week but let’s get back to that.

To catch up from last week, we now have the full Energia 24 results.
Running as an individual, Craig Mills completed 101.65 miles. Amazing.
We also had 2 relay teams competing. The Marathon Queens (Joanne Milne, Sharon Dunn, Leeanne Skillen & Laura Campbell) completed 135.6 miles. Three Ladies & Neill (Suzanne Brennan, Pamela McCafferty, Gillian Bainbridge and, yes, Neill McGlinchey) completed 123.3 miles over the 24 hour period. Big respects to all involved.

Taking on just the one parkrun each this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 21:19 (and 3rd place overall), Noel Bloomfield 25:48, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 30:02, David Esler 30:31, Matthew Hawkins 30:34PB, Ciaran Hawkins 30:36, Jennifer Maguire 55:34

Waterworks parkrun:
Jim Hewitt 25:53

Victoria parkrun:
Anton Piatek 27:42, Sophie Davidson 29:50PB

Queens parkrun:
Stephen Smyth 33:18

Larne parkrun:
Tom Fleming 21:11, Elaine Kennedy 32:42

Orangefield parkrun:
Stephen Weir 31:28

Portrush parkrun:
Odhran Skillen 26:09, Suzanne Brennan 26:11, Paul Skillen 27:59, Stephen Semple 28:27, Maeve Kennedy 28:28, Philip Fleck 30:44PB

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 10:30, Eloise McAuley 11:34 (fair play after all her parkrun running yesterday)

And ADav was at Victoria, finishing in 29:52.

On Thursday night, Janine Nevison and Leah Burns represented the club at the Bob & Bert’s North Coast 10k. Janine finished in 58:21 and Leah finished in 1:06:25.

In the heat of Friday night, it was the Scrabo Striders N’Ards Half Marathon. Taking on the hills were:
Kevin Donnelly 1:28:30 (and a Top 10 finish), Elaine Kennedy 2:16:47, Anita Piatek 2:19:56, Angela “I love heat and hills” Stevens 2:23:59

On Saturday morning, amidst the thunder and lightning, it was the Antrim Cost Road Marathon, promoted by Larne AC. 
It saw another amazing run from Peter McGarry. Peter once again broke the club marathon record, finishing in 2:39:20. This was a result good enough for second place overall, bettered only by the legendary Tommy Hughes.
Also representing the club were Ken McAuley 3:47:20 and Alan Kerr 4:20:19

But obviously, the big event of the week was the latest 24in24 adventure. This time 15 Harriers took on the challenge with a Kardashian-sized support team in attendance.
There’s no results to post and it’s been tracked in detail on this site and others but I just want to add to the congratulations, a huge achievement by both the runners and the organisers.
And, in the immortal words of Bob Geldolf, just give us your ******’ money. Please.

So, this week’s tune is for the newly crowned club headers. For them, for the organisers, the supporters, the parkrunners from every location who came out to meet them, their clubmates who ran with them or watched in their jeans, those businesses who donated food and drink and those who made donations. This is also for whoever has to fumigate and clean that bus. We salute you all.

Until next week, behave.