Club Run Report – Sunday 1st of August 2021

Well, looks like that’s the Summer done for another year then. It might be August 1st but no harm checking out the deals on base layers online, right?

Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Neil Campbell 19:37, Sean Doherty 27:03, Matthew Hawkins 29:20, Ciaran Hawkins 29:20

Waterworks parkrun:
Ciaran Wright 24:17, Jim Hewitt 26:47, Susan Thompson 26:48, Dermot Boyd 32:16
And congratulations to Waterworks parkrun on reaching the milestone of their 500th event.

Victoria parkrun:
Kevin ROTM Donnelly 17:51PB, Ben Davidson 20:02PB, Joanne Milne 31:38

Portrush parkrun:
Claire McCann 34:57
Antrim parkrun:
Stephen Semple 23:39, Maeve Kennedy 25:16, Elaine “ice cream with a flake” Kennedy 31:26

Sixmilewater parkrun:
Michael McFarlane 25:38

Crawfordsburn Country parkrun:
Anita Piatek 29:33

And the Rt. Hon. ADav was off glory hunting at Victoria this week. And he did just that with yet another PB, 18:16. But if you meet ADav, Kevin is not to be mentioned.
And we finally have some parkrun tourists again!

Clare and John Teer were at Roding Valley parkrun finishing in 27:13 and 39:38 respectively.
This parkrun is situated in Loughton, one of the famed golden triangle of Essex towns that attract celebs and footballers and was featured in the Only Way is Essex. It is not yet known if Clare and John were there in relation to a rumoured reboot of the series.

The Only Way is Mallusk is highly unlikely. Thankfully.
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Tom Fleming 7:12 (and 1st finisher), Peter Fleming 8:14PB (and 2nd finisher), Kayden McClelland 9:21, Joseph Eager 9:33, Kobe McClelland 9:38PB, Matthew Hawkins 10:28

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:54, Eloise McAuley 9:37
Riverside junior parkrun:
Sinead O’Hare 12:30

Other racing started early this week with the North Belfast Harriers Friendly 5000s Night on Monday.
The middle race turned into the battle of the beards with a photo finish being won by a whisker (boom tish…):
Brendan McGeown 21:59, Ciaran Wright 21:58, Sean “wing mirrors next time” Doherty 21:03.5PB, Anton “racing ninja” Piatek 21:03.3PB
And in the third race, Ben Davidson finished with a huge PB of 18:46.
Well done to NBH for a great event. Hopefully more to come.

Then, this weekend, it was the turn of the headers section of the club to get a day out as several Harriers put on their Brown Shoes triathlon tops to take part in the Celtic Warrior Ironman events at Mullingar.
Lord Ian Brennan kept it relatively simple by taking on the half marathon run, finishing approx. 13.7 miles (don’t ask) in 2:02 with a 3rd place finish.

Suzanne Brennan took on her first Olympic distance Triathlon finishing in 3:00:48
2 Harriers took on the Half Iron Man event, Neil McCready finishing in 5:17:15 and Paul Skillen in 6:28:00
But main honours, and the complete header award, goes to David Esler who took on the full Ironman distance finishing in 14:18:06.

Well done to each of you. Wee Niall Horan would be proud of ye all.
There’s only one song I can really add this week.
Mr Esler, we salute you.
Until next week, behave.