Club Report – Sunday 27th October 2019


A quieter week this week as the hill headers and mudsuckers both took a week off. Unless you’re a junior. They don’t feel the cold like the rest of us. I know its cold when my teeth start chattering. And they’re still in the glass beside the bed.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Patrick Hughes 23:54PB, Yasmin Lynn 28:43, Neill McGlinchey 29:04, Stephen Weir 32:14, Frances Kane 32:46, Roseann McGeown 33:18

Waterworks parkrun:

Ramunas Stanevicius 18:38PB (and 3rd place overall), Claire McCann 27:32, Galina Stanevicius 27:42, Nikki Fleck 28:34, Philip Fleck 30:19

Antrim parkrun:

Joseph Eager 25:16, Maeve Kennedy 25:24

Wallace parkrun:

Dermot Boyd 30:06PB

Ormeau parkrun:

David Esler 25:55, Anita Piatek 46:54

Carrickfergus parkrun:

Alan Kerr 24:49

Stranmillis parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 42:39

Our resident Kiwi, Sarah Ross, completed the NZ Dunedin parkrun in 26:18.

And ADav was at the Valley 23:58

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Joseph Eager 9:23, Hollie Brennan 14:10PB

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Riley Kerr 11:11, Rhys Kerr 14:25

Our juniors were once again showing up the oldies this week. This time it was at the NI & Ulster XC Championships:

Girls 10

Hannah Chestnutt 5:52

Girls 12

Jill Chestnutt 6:38

Boys 10

Peter Fleming 4:43 (and 4th place), Oran McKee 5:44, Joe Eager 5:47

Boys 14

Tom Fleming 10:16

Newbie Jay Scott competed in the EAMS Dublin B2B half marathon yesterday, finishing in 2:10:08PB.

The big running event of the week was, of course, the Dublin marathon. The Harriers had 8 brave souls taking on the half decent Autumnal conditions:

Joe Mathers 3:04:54, Stephen Gallagher 3:11:04, Alan Erwin 3:27:06PB, Patricia Curistan 3:39:42, Jonny Smith 4:03:17, Angela Stevens 4:28:48, Danny Donaldson 5:07:27, Tiffany Donaldson 6:14:05

So, this week’s song/singer is for our very own Dub runners. It’d from the best band out of Dublin since Power of Dreams. Sorry Bono.

Until next week, behave.


Runner of the Month – September 2019

As the cold dark training nights begin to set it, September seems like a distance memory already.
September saw many Harriers taking on some of the biggest local (and not so local) races in the running calendar,
Laganside 10k, Belfast Half Marathon, The Great North Run and Berlin Marathon... to name a few!
Ramunas Stanevicius again earned himself a nomination, becoming a bit of a habit now, but to be expected with his consistent progress month after month!
"Outstanding participation in races but particularly his PBs at Laganside, Belfast Half and more recently at Valley Parkrun."
Club newcomer Bernard McKeaveney earns his first ROTM nomination, some say it is because of his great progress since joining the club, others say it is because he has been bribing people with cake, I'll let you decide!
"Has only just joined the club but has been out smashing race after race. Always with a smile and is getting lots of PBs. He is a great asset to the team. Plus, if he wins he might make cake"
Alan Erwin - great to see Alan back to full strength following a lengthy period of setback due to injury. This month saw him continue to grow from strength to strength with an amazing PB in Belfast Half marathon.
"For me the standout performance this month has been Alan Erwin. He is looking so strong in training and it paid off with a 1:30 half marathon that I'm not sure he could believe himself.
Fantastic especially considering his setback with injury at the start of the year."
Lee O'Boyle. Yep, the men's cappy himself earned a few nominations for his club representation at Berlin marathon, running a PB in the process.
"Lee has had an incredible few months and his performance at the Berlin marathon was outstanding. He’s always encouraging others and gives so much to the club".
"Outstanding performance at Berlin Marathon. Lee is always so committed to his training and also finds time to give so much back to the club in his role as male captain."
But there can only be one winner... and what a winner...
This lady has been the ROTM bridesmaid so many times recently, but it's time to put a stop to that! Consistent training has just seen PB after PB in all distances over the last few months and she has represented the club in race after race all across the country. A fantastic performance at the Great North Run did not go unnoticed and has earned her a long overdue ROTM award. Well done
"Anita from the beginning of her training for the GNR she was determined, and this showed in all her runs leading up to the GNR with numerous PB's. She did amazing in the GNR and deserves to be ROTM"
"Anita has been deserving of ROTM for the last few months and always seems to get pipped to the post. Another outstanding month for her with PBs and a great run at GNR. Consistent training paying off"
Well done to all of the nominees and thank you for your votes!

Club Report – Sunday 13th October 2019

What else can be said about the Kipchoge run.
History made. A genuine lump in the throat, tear in the eye moment, even for a miserable git like me.
Just over 8 parkruns in a row at 14:10 pace.
But how many times has he volunteered?

Late result off the vidiprinter, Dune Half Marathon from last Sunday:
Jonathan Carter 1:35:22, Bernard McKeaveney 2:06:21, Angela HOTM Stevens 2:06:24, David Esler 2:20:37

Taking on the “slower than Kipchoge” parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:
Patrick Hughes 24:34, Noel Bloomfield 25:13, Frances Kane 1:00:46

Waterworks parkrun:
Alan Erwin 20:02PB, Paul ROTM Skillen 22:16PB, Ben Davidson 22:31PB, Neil Campbell 23:13, Matt Allen 23:29, Lord Ian Brennan 24:27, Maeve Kennedy 25:18, Joseph Eager 25:36, Jim Hewitt 25:41, David Esler 27:02PB, Sarah McCafferty 27:18, Pamela McCafferty 27:19, Nikki Fleck 27:48, Owen Fulton 28:57, Neill McGlinchey 29:03, Philip Fleck 29:18, Suzanne Brennan 29:24, Sharon Dunn 29:25PB, Joe Mathers 29:26, Roisin Brooks 29:34, Oran McKee 30:56, Karen McKee 31:00, Zoe Neill 32:49, Joanne Milne 35:40
Obviously a lot of you inspired by Mr Kipchoge given the 5 PBs today. Well done to all.
And congratulations to Suzanne on her 50th parkrun.
And congratulations to Sharon on her 50th parkrun.
And congratulations to Joe on his 50th parkrun.


























Victoria parkrun:
Ken McAuley 21:59, Susan Thompson 24:48

Queens parkrun:
Stephen Smyth 21:23

MUSA parkrun:
Aidy Hughes 25:56

Antrim parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 30:27, Tina Steele 30:38

Carrickfergus parkrun:
Lorraine Forsythe 50:00

Not sure if Ali Young ran this week but let’s all agree that the world is a better place for her being in it.
And ADav was at the Waterworks 20:38.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Riley Kerr 10:45PB, Rhys Kerr 15:10, Matthew Hawkins 15:47

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 08:40 PB, Eloise McAuley 09:56

3 Harriers were at the Kells & Connor events yesterday:
Half Marathon:
Jonathan Carter 1:34:14

5 mile:
Marie McFarlane 49:57PB, Fidelma McCoppin 51:09PB

























Today were the Saintfield races:
Peter McGarry 34:18 (and 3rd place), Paddy Brooks 48:25

Dermot Boyd 30:42





































Today saw the latest Leg-It event with the annual Running Scared 5 mile run/splash:

Michael Reid 38:10, Noel Bloomfield 40:49, Angela Stevens 43:29PB, Anita Piatek 43:47, Andrew Kerr 44:57PB.
And big congratulations to Keeley McGarry who kept up the family podium tradition coming second in the junior mile race. (That’s 2nd Peter, not 3rd, okay?!)






















Finally, our international correspondent spotted Elaine Kennedy sneaking round Chicago this weekend. The woman who, it should be noted, has completed many more parkruns than Kipchoge, completed yet another marathon major in 4:58:42.
























So, this week’s song can only be for Mr Kipchoge.
An amazing man; an amazing achievement. It’s unbelievable Jeff!

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 6th October 2019

Bit tired today. I was up late watching Scullion in the marathon last night and was busy being very impressed by Calum Hawkins. And hadn’t really recovered from Mageean’s PB earlier. All great stuff. It would almost inspire you to stick the trainers on and get out there. Almost.

Late result off the vidiprinter, the Divis 10k from last Sunday:
Jonathan Carter 47:58, Maeve Kennedy 1:02:08

Taking on the 15th anniversary parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 19:23 (PB and 2nd place overall), Tom Fleming 20:02, Alastair Houldsworth 21:16, Ben Davidson 23:25, Patrick Hughes 24:56, Owen Fulton 25:25, Sharon Dunn 28:27, Neill McGlinchey 30:00, Marie McFarlane 32:47, Fidelma McCoppin 32:52, Karen O’Boyle 34:09, Sophie Davidson 36:38, Joanne Milne 36:45, Jay Scott 56:43

Waterworks parkrun:
Neil McCready 20:16, Ken McAuley 21:51, Matt Allen 23:38, Anton Piatek 24:23PB, Jim Hewitt 25:49, Lord Ian Brennan 26:06, Susan Thompson 28:56, Tiffany Donaldson 33:34, Danny Donaldson 33:35, Angela Stevens 44:16

And big congrats to Neil on his 100th parkrun!



Victoria parkrun:
Joseph Eager 25:28, Maeve Kennedy 25:49

Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 29:56, Tina Steele 30:01

Carrickfergus parkrun:
Noel Bloomfield 24:31, Riley Kerr 31:36, Andrew Kerr 31:36, Jennifer Maguire 33:30

This week’s tourists were Stephen Weir back at Newcastle upon Tyne, finishing in a new PB of 28:16 and Sarah Ross back at Dunedin finishing in yet another PB time of 26:13.

And ADav was at the Valley, 21:32.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Riley “doing the double” Kerr 11:57, Matthew Hawkins 13:06, Rhys Kerr 15:47




Our international correspondent has sent in a report stating that Dermot Boyd is at it again.

Dermot completed the 10k event in Bodrum, Turkey in 1:06:31. Anne ran the much more sensible 5k distance in 46:51.













Main event of the week was the Orangegrove NI & Ulster Relays at Victoria Park.
The Harriers had both male and female teams in both the senior and masters races, although our elite talent was reserved for the junior races. Our primary school squad were so fast they could not be timed.

The Men’s Senior team finished in 24th place in 48:48.
Ladies Senior team finished in 28th place in 49:36
Men’s Masters team finished in 35th place in 52:55
Ladies Masters team 1 finished in 38th place in 50:41
Ladies Masters team 2 finished in 41st place in 51:00

















































































































































































There were at least 4 Harriers taking part in the Dune Half Marathon today but results are not available at the time of writing. It’s a cross border event so it’s probably Boris’ fault.

There may have been Harriers at the Craigavon ¾ Marathon event too but there are no results available there yet either. Probably not Boris’ fault; it’s just Craigavon. The results are probably still circling a roundabout somewhere.

So, this week’s song is for those who represented the club at the relays. I could have used the Van Morrison song, Orangefield. But this is better. And is still orange.

Until next week, behave.

Club Report – Sunday 29th September 2019

A busy week for the Harriers this week, on the road, over the hills, internationally. Plenty of running. And Utd haven’t even got beaten this weekend. Yet.
Not mentioning rugby any more.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Patrick Hughes 24:51, Own Fulton 25:59, Alan Erwin 27:35, Sharon Dunn 29:06, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 30:48, Frances Kane 31:58

Waterworks parkrun:
Matt Allen 24:29, Susan Thompson 24:56, Maeve Kennedy 26:11, Joseph Eager 26:50, Claire McCann 27:45, Angela HOTM Stevens 29:21, Danny Donaldson 38:26, Tiffany Donaldson 38:28
And a big congratulations to our King & Queen of Different as they both hit 200 parkruns at the same time. Young love, eh!?!

Queens parkrun:
Stephen Smyth 23:06

Antrim parkrun:
David Esler 25:48, Marie McFarlane 31:42, Fidelma McCoppin 32:02, Elaine Kennedy 50:13

Sixmilewater parkrun:
Peter Fleming 21:52PB

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Eloise McAuley 10:18,

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Riley Kerr 11:38, Matthew Hawkins 11:43, Rhys Kerr 13:53

Saturday saw the 10th anniversary of the Causeway Coast Marathon event with races over several distances on this flat and fast course. Not.
Taking on the ultra distance was Neil Campbell. Neil ran (and no doubt talked) his way over the 40 mile course in 6:13:50, finishing in an impressive 8th place.
Taking on the half marathon distance:
Jonny Smith 2:12:08, Karen McKee 2:29:56, Suzanne Brennan 2:38:55, Alan Kerr 2:46:38, Laura Campbell 3:11:09, Leeanne Skillen 3:11:09, Neill McGlinchey 3:11:25














Other Harriers were at the Annaghmore Running Festival.
Working on their marathon prep in the 18 miler distance were Joe Mathers 2:04:30, Stephen Gallagher 2:16:20, Patricia Curistan 2:34:42 and Ken McAuley 2:34:42.
Taking on the half marathon were ADav 1:37:48 and Joanne Milne 2:12:46.














Harriers were at the aptly named Bangor 10k yesterday, in Bangor!
Ramunas Stanevicius 39:22, Paddy Brooks 48:36, Dermot Boyd 1:03:24













Aidy Hughes tried to outfox me by finding another 5k to run in deepest Tyrone. He completed the Brocagh 5k School Run in 26:18. Duckingstool Point is nearby and they used to dunk suspected witches there. I think they’ve stopped the practice now. But I’m honestly not sure.

Then today it was the Albertville 5k. Yasmin Lynn continued recent good form with another 5k PB in 24:25. Lord Ian Brennan continued his tune up for the upcoming XC season finishing in 24:27.












Angela HOTM Stevens completed the Monaghan Half Marathon in 2:10:51.











Andy McNevison completed this year’s FEARmanagh (trail running, cycling and kayaking) in 4:32:33.
















Divis 10k results are not available at the time of writing so will have to come through on the vidiprinter next week.

On the international front, our very own Lee O’Boyle was in Berlin, taking on his first major of the year. Lee finished in an amazing 2:42:16. Swift!














Folks, just another reminder to note any non-parkrun results in Team App if you want a mention in the report. Trying to match posted photos to results lists can be hit and miss and you may be excluded. Also, please always include your club name (correctly spelled!) wherever possible when entering events. Cheers.

So, this week’s song is for our Berlin hero. Yes, I could have used that Bowie song. I could have used Iggy Pop. I know Lee would personally have loved “Take My Breath Away” from Top Gun, sung by Berlin. But I’ve chosen the best song that U2 ever wrote about Berlin Zoologischer Garten train station.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 22nd September 2019

On Sunday, it was raining outside, Utd took another tanking on live tv, people kept talking about something called rugby. Not my favourite day to be honest. But I put my family sized trifle down long enough to read the Half Marathon results achieved by the Harriers and that cheered me up. A bit. More of that later.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Yasmin Lynn 26:37PB, Neil Campbell 26:53, Brendan McGeown 26:54, Angela Stevens 28:07PB, Suzanne Brennan 29:22, Joanne Milne 29:37, Stephen Weir 31:23, Karen O’Boyle 34:23

Waterworks parkrun:
Neil “ice cream with a flake in it” McCready 23:31, Susan Thompson 25:07, Maeve Kennedy 25:37, Joseph Eager 26:33

Queens parkrun:

Stephen Smyth 28:19

Antrim parkrun:
Tina Steele 29:19

Orangefield parkrun:
Ben Davidson 23:34

Stranmillis parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 44:05

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:57, Eloise McAuley 10:50, Leo McAuley 14:24

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Matthew Hawkins 11:34, Riley Kerr 12:10, Rhys Kerr 14:49

And ADav was at Orangefield, 20:41 (and second place overall)

No racing during the week this week for anyone as you all prepped for the Belfast Half. Such dedication!

Belfast Half Marathon Results:
Peter McGarry 1:13:40 (and 11th place overall), Prof Alan Ladd 1:23:40, Ramunas Stanevicius 1:26:29PB, Stephen Gallagher 1:29:16, Alan Erwin 1:30:55PB, Neil McCready 1:33:22, Stephen Smyth 1:35:54, Ken McAuley 1:38:52, Patricia Curistan 1:40:35, ADav 1:39:43, Andrew Kerr 1:42:34, Brendan McElroy 1:45:34, Paddy Brooks 1:48:48, Paul Skillen 1:50:47, Pamela McCafferty 1:52:40, Sean McQuade 1:54:36, Lord Ian “bokey” Brennan 1:57:53, Anton Piatek 1:59:02, Darren Taggart 1:59:13, Owen Fulton 2:02:05, Angela Stevens 2:03:19PB, Bernard McKeaveney 2:03:30, David Esler 2:05:10, Joanne Milne 2:09:45, Gemma Fowler 2:09:35, Roisin Brooks 2:11:24, Clare Teer 2:11:57, Lisa Kerr 2:13:56, Michael McFarlane 2:16:35, Galina Stanevicius 2:14:34, Neill McGlinchey 2:22:01, Leeanne Skillen 2:22:17, Anita Piatek 2:21:26, Stephen Weir 2:29:42
Well done everyone.
And a big thank you to the volunteers and non-running club members who took a soaking to add their support.

So, this week’s tune is for everyone who ran the Belfast Half, for those who supported and those who organised the Shebeen. Half a World Away was too obvious.
It has to be Half Man Half Biscuit. Not only do they use the word half twice in their name, they also gave us the only song I know of that is dedicated to Lurgan’s most famous snooker referee (The Len Ganley Stance). Honestly.

Until next week, behave.