Club Report – Sunday 24th November 2019

I’ve obviously spent most the week reviewing political manifestos but it was another week another muddy field for the MH mudsuckers so I’d better keep off the politics and report on that instead.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:
Paul Skillen 23:57, Yasmin Lynn 29:04, Joanne Milne 30:24, Owen Fulton 51:47

Waterworks parkrun:
Ken McAuley 21:45, Susan Thompson 24:36, Claire McCann 29:04

Antrim parkrun:
Maeve Kennedy 24:54, Anton Piatek 30:12, Tina Steele 31:03, Elaine Kennedy 1:00:48

Wallace parkrun:
Neil McCready 20:35PB

Carrickfergus parkrun:
Alan Kerr 26:01, Lorraine Ann Forsythe 49:37

Sixmilewater parkrun:
Tom Fleming 19:10, 1st place overall and matched his course PB. Well done Tom (again!)

And ADav was at the Valley 23:59

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:45, Joseph Eager 9:14, Eloise McAuley 9:47

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Ben Halliday 1133, Riley Kerr 11:40, Matthew Hawkins 16:23, Rhys Kerr 16:27

A late result off the vidiprinter from last week saw David Esler continue his take over of Las Vegas. After completing the 5k he then took on the half marathon distance, finishing in 2:36:47. His own description of this as #PartyPace is excellent and is now the leading principal of my current training regime. Matt Shields may disagree. And probably rightly so.

Elaine Kennedy continued her recent run of marathons, completing the latest EAMs Fatlad marathon in 5:23:48.

Earlier today, Bernard McKeaveney donned the tash, and God knows what else, to complete the MoRun 10k at Stormont in 57:10.

Also today, Ramunas Stanevicius continued his strong weekend of running with a PB performance of 18:34 in the Castleblaney 5k.

But the big event of the week was the latest XC league, the Malcolm Cup at Ballyclare. There was a great turnout from the Harriers. Most impressive were those runners who endured the horrors of Comber and still came back for more. Complete headers.

Ladies 3 mile race:
Sharon Dunn 24:48, Angela Stevens 25:19, Pamela McCafferty 26:01, Suzanne Brennan 26:03, Sarah “the comeback kid” McCafferty 26:27, Maeve Dunseath 26:29, Bernie “why did I do this again?” McAllister 26:35, Galina Stanevicius 29:00, Roseann McGeown 37:23

Men’s 4 mile race:
Lee O’Boyle 23:30, Ramunas Stanevicius 25:21, Prof Alan Ladd 26:15, Joe Mathers 27:12, Neil McCready 28:39, Mike Halliday 29:45, Sean Doherty 30:20, Stephen Smyth 31:20, Owen Fulton 32:04, Alan “out of his sickbed and it wasn’t even a hangover” Irwin 32:24, Brendan McGeown 33:46, Lord Ian “I don’t care cus I won an iPad” Brennan 33:46.1

The battle for 12th (or actually 11th this time for all you pendants out there) took on a new dimension as it saw its first ever sprint finish. McGeown won this one but it was a hollow victory as Lord Brennan had twisted an ankle mid-race and was not operating on all cylinders. The most impressive element was that both managed to keep their breakfasts down in the funnel afterwards. Just.
Those of you desperately awaiting the next instalment will have to wait a while as Lord Brennan cannot make the next race at Mighty Oaks. He says he is going to the Xmas panto with work.
Oh no he isn’t.
Oh yes he is.

So this week’s song is for all the mudsuckers, especially those who suffered at the end.

Until next week, behave.


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Club Report – Sunday 17th November 2019

There’s me thinking I would have a quiet week this week, all done early and curled up in front of the Blackpool ballroom. But no. You lot were flippin’ running everywhere. From the Valley to Vegas. Literally.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Ben Davidson 23:41, Noel Bloomfield 25:03, Sharon Dunn 25:53, Frances Kane 30:19, Joanne Milne 30:38, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 31:06, Roisin Brooks 31:21, Lisa Kerr 32:08

Waterworks parkrun:

Ken McAuley 21:18, Paul Skillen 22:06PB, Susan Thompson 24:51, Jim Hewitt 26:07

Ormeau parkrun:

Anton Piatek 26:54

Antrim parkrun:

Neil McCready 21:42, Tina Steele 30:15

Carrickfergus parkrun:

Alan Kerr 25:14, Zoe O’Prey 43:40, Lorraine-Ann Forsythe 48:59

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 20:12

A couple of tourists this week. Social boy pulled the trainers back on again and headed for the home of the parkrun, Bushy Park, finishing in 38:34. Just the 1,327 runners at this one. (Sammy’s voice would be wrecked!). 

Stephen Weir was at Leazes parkrun, finishing in 31:17. This one takes place in Leazes park in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. It has a lake and some fancy gates. That’s it. That’s all I’ve got.

And ADav was at the Valley 24:10

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Joseph Eager 9:38

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Ben Halliday 11:54, Riley Kerr 11:58, Matthew Hawkins 11:59, Rhys Kerr 12:59PB

And a big well done to Matthew on his 100th parkrun.

Wednesday (probably fairly late on) saw the Run in the Dark events:


Anton Piatek 51:29PB, Paddy Brooks 53:21, Jay Scott 54:23, Bernard McKeaveney 55:56, Victoria McCready 1:16:18

On Saturday, Prof Alan Ladd got his wizard hat back out again and organised the latest Club Handicap race. The race anyone can win. If they run. The full results are on Team App but suffice to say that the juniors continued their domination of this event. The podium places were taken by Riley Kerr in first place, followed by Owen Fulton and Andrew Kerr. A Kerr sandwich with a Fulton filling if you will.

The latest Born 2 Run event happened yesterday at Drum Manor:


Ramunas Stanevicius 39:53 (and 4th place finish), Dermot Boyd 1:06:46

Published results do not contain club names so I can only report those posted on Team App.

Unfortunately, I cannot find any published results for the 26Extreme events so if you want your result published please comment on this post.

Our international desk reports that the Harrier vest was once more on display down under as Sarah Ross completed the Queensland marathon in 4:15:02. 

Hot off the vidiprinter, I have just been informed that Lee O’Boyle has finished 3 rd in the Tweed
Valley Ultra in Scotland in a time of 5:50:10. This is a 65k (40 mile) multi-terrain event with over
5,000 ft of elevation. Or a Sunday run as Lee now calls it. Take a bow Sir. Carefully.

Finally, David Esler ended up where he was born to be, Vegas baby! He completed the Las Vegas Rock’n’Roll 5k in 30:00. No doubt he’s now away off for a bit of Siegfried & Roy.

So this week’s song is for Mr Esler. Let’s hope he’s got the gold lame suit on too!

Until next week, behave.


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Club of the Year 2019 Winners

Club of the Year 2019


Mallusk Harriers has won the Club of the Year category at the Antrim and Newtownabbey Sports Awards. Neil Campbell and Paul Skillen accepted the prize on behalf of the club at a ceremony in The Theatre at the Mill on 14th November. This wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication of our club committee, coaches, members and supporters.

Congratulations and thank you everyone!

Club Report – Sunday 10th November 2019

Thanks to the new media officer for covering for me last week. Apologies for my absence, I was away selling a kidney so I could afford to enter a couple of races that I may do in a year or so. Happy times.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Neil Campbell (and 1st place finish), Owen Fulton 27:29, Jay Scott 27:47, Neill McGlinchey 28:45, Patrick Hughes 37:40, Zoe O’Prey 44:33

Waterworks parkrun:

Anita “lonely pint” Piatek 27:55

Antrim parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 28:43

Our resident Kiwi, Sarah Ross, completed the NZ Dunedin parkrun in 27:20

And our only tourist this week was Stephen Gallagher. He added his name to the illustrious MH Clermont Hall of Fame completing the Florida parkrun in 20:00.

And ADav was at Antrim 23:10

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Joseph Eager 9:26

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Matthew “ice-cream with a flake” Hawkins 11:20, Riley Kerr 12:12, Rhys Kerr 13:44

3 Harriers were at the Ballynahinch Remembrance 5k yesterday:

Hannah Hope 33:07 Dermot Boyd 33:08, Anne Boyd 46:30

But the main event of the weekend was the Mudsuckers second visit to Billy Neill Playing Fields in Comber for the latest XC league meeting, the Bobby Rea event.

The team were not sure whether to wear spikes or flippers as the bad weather of the week continued and only got worse. I think there was a spot at the back of the course borrowed from the upside down in Stranger Things. Several runners are still unaccounted for.

Speaking of strange things, I can only report the results as they are published. This means several of the ladies have no times and most results bear no resemblance to GPS watch times. The only result that can be reported with any confidence is that Lord Brennan won the battle for 12th. Maybe it was mud getting in there making Benny’s eyes water in the gazebo afterwards.

Ladies 5k swim:

Sharon Dunn 29:22, Angela Stevens 30:24, Suzanne Brennan “no time”, Galina Stanevicius “no time”, Laura Campbell “no time”, Leeanne Skillen “no time”, Roseann “better put my ticket on” McGeown “no time”

Men’s 8k swim:

Lee O’Boyle 37:30, Ramunas Stanevicius 38:25, Prof Alan Ladd 41:13 maybe, Neil McCready 43:30, Joe Mathers 46:10, Paul Skillen 46:30, Sean “newbie and luvin’ it” Doherty 46:48, Owen “ringer” Fulton 49:48, Lord Ian “victory is mine” Brennan 52:00, Brendan McGeown 53:00

Big thanks to social boy for the Gazebo and refreshments and thanks to those who helped put it up and dismantle it in those conditions.

So this week’s song is for the mudsuckers who braved the Comber conditions yesterday. It was obviously too cold for timing chips but not for us. For those who ran/swam round those fields, we salute you.

Until next week, behave.


Club Report – Sunday 3rd November 2019


Waterworks: Ian Brennan 23:59, Joseph Eager 24:59, James Hewitt 25:04, Mave Kennedy 25:36

Antrim: Elaine Kennedy 29:33

Carrick: Alan Kerr 24:25, Lorraine Ann Forsythe 51:34

Bangor: Alex Davidson 21:26, Ben Davidson 23:54

Victoria: Patrick McGuckin 20:56, Susan Thompson 27:55

Valley: Paul Skillen 23:25,  Owen Fulton 24:26, Neil McGlinchey 29:16, Joanne Milne 31:34, Lee-Anne Hutchinson 31:46, Frances Kane 32:52, Galina Stanevicius 33:23, Fidelma McCoppin 33:27, Rosalind Stitt 55:30.

Orangefield: Neil McCready 20:32, David Esler 27:41

Portrush: Maeve Dunseath 31:01

Jordanstown Junior: Matthew Hawkins 16:26

Cross Country

85th McConnell Shield Cross Country U14’s: Tom Fleming 06:05 (3rd place) and Peter Fleming

Road  Races 

Born2Run Minnowburn 10k (Chiptimes) : Dermot Boyd 1:06:04

Decathlon 10k (Chiptimes):  Alan Ladd 37:25 PB , Neil Campbell   37:43 PB, Ramunas Stanevicius 38:51,  Paddy Brooks 47:14, Yasmin Lynn 50:19 PB,     Maeve Kennedy 51:54, A.K. 53:46 PB, Michael McFarlane 59:28, Marie McFarlane 59:28 PB,  Galina Stanevicius 59:58.

EAMS Halloween Frightener: Bernard McKeaveney Marathon (Unofficial) 4:54:4 and Jay Scott Half Marathon (Unofficial) 2:04:04 PB

New York Marathon (Unofficial Tracker Finish Times): Lee O’Boyle 2:53:00 and Karen McKee 4:20:53

I’ll leave the wit to our usual report writer but I do like my rock so this is for Lee and Karen