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:
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
Jim Hewitt 25:53
Anton Piatek 27:42, Sophie Davidson 29:50PB
Stephen Smyth 33:18
Tom Fleming 21:11, Elaine Kennedy 32:42
Stephen Weir 31:28
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.