Club Run Report – 31st October 2021

The shops are full of mince pies and selection boxes and the television is full of toy ads. It must be Halloween already!
That reminds me though, Social Boy needs some more names down for the Harrier Xmas Dinner.

Why not take this opportunity to share some festive cheer with your favourite Harriers and see how they look in real clothes (answer is the ladies look amazing and the gents, unfortunately, look exactly the same). Bad jokes, bad dancing and bad behaviour are all guaranteed so get on the merch store and buy some tickets for Dec 4th. Now.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:
Ben Davidson 21:22 and 3rd finisher, Stephen Armour 22:22, Sarah Ross 23:50, Lord Ian Brennan 24:14PB, Suzanne Brennan 24:17, Joe Mathers 25:19, Elijah Cushley 28:15, Clare Teer 28:31, Anton Piatek 29:20, Galina Stanevicius 29:42, Ramunas Stanevicius 29:43, Marie McBrien 30:18, Joanne Milne 30:19, Sharon Dunn 33:24, Owen Fulton 33:25, John Teer 39:17

Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 20:57, Elaine Kennedy 28:57

Victoria parkrun:
Stephen Semple 24:04, Maeve Kennedy 24:21
ECOS parkrun:
Tom Fleming 18:18PB and 3rd finisher, Peter Fleming 22:26PB
Portrush parkrun:
Nikki Fleck 30:10
Ormeau parkrun:
Emily Murphy 28:00

Antrim parkrun:
David Esler 26:38

Limavady parkrun:
Johnny Carey 22:53

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:22 and 2nd finisher, Sinead O’Hare 10:20PB, Matthew Hawkins 13:57

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:33, Eloise McAuley 8:34PB, Emily Murphy 8:56PB, Jessie Smith 12:45PB

And ADav was at the Valley finishing in 26:06

XC season continued yesterday with the North Down AC Festival of Cross Country. The Harriers were represented at both junior and senior level:

Primary School Boys:
Jack O’Neill 7:07
Primary School Girls:
Sinead O’Hare 8:40
U13 Girls:
The unstoppable Sinead O’Hare 18:21
Senior Men:
Micky McAuley 26:50, Alan Erwin 27:22

Our perfect cousin was at it again this weekend. Kevin Donnelly took part in the Armagh 10 mile road race this morning. His unofficial time was 1:02:13

And I should also mention the achievement of Prof Alan Ladd and his brother Jonny. They both ran from Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds to Bolton Hospice in, er, Bolton. A distance of only 51 miles with a few inclines (i.e. The Pennines) included for fun!

This was to raise funds for both institutions who have looked after family members in the past.
So, this week’s tune could have been for Alan. It could have been for the XC juniors, it could even have been for Kevin again.
But no, this week’s tune is for Roseann and Marie. 2 Harriers who loved the Sunday trail run so much that they decided to try and stay in the forest all day. The rest of us did 6 or 7 miles. They did…. more.

One lap is never enough is their new motto. Ladies, we salute you (when we can find you).
Until next week, behave.

Club Run Report – 24th October 2021

They say pain is temporary but the achievement is permanent. Tell that to a United fan right now. So let’s focus on the running to cheer ourselves up.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:
Prof Alan Ladd 18:58PB and 2nd finisher, Karen McKee 24:57, Clare Teer 28:10, Cathy Ryan 29:14, Joanne Milne 29:30, Owen Fulton 29:45, Anita ROTM Piatek 29:50, Galina Stanevicius 30:51, Ramunas Stanevicius 30:51, John Teer 39:09

Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 17:56PB and first finisher, Dawn Blain 23:21, Lord Ian Brennan 25:20, Joe Mathers 25:24, Claire McCann 28:58

Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 32:05

Bangor parkrun:
Brendan McGeown 22:25, Roseann McGeown 31:05

Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun:
David Esler 25:36

Hillsborough Forest parkrun:
Stephen Semple 24:02, Maeve Kennedy 25:.01

Our sort of tourist this week is Sarah Ross who completed the Queen’s parkrun in Glasgow in 25:21. Sarah actually lives there so she is only a sort of tourist. So there.
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:20PB and first finisher, Matthew Hawkins 14:29

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Jessie Smith 12:50PB, Hollie Brennan 16:26

But the real parkrun news of the week was the return of ADav. He graced the Valley with his luminous presence, finishing in 32:30.

This morning the club were being more than ably represented by the juniors as they took part in the NI & Ulster Even Age Group Championships at the Billy Neill MBE Country Park.

Under 18 Boys
Adam McCann 15:52
Under 16 Boys
Tom Fleming 10:57
Under 14 Girls
Emily Murphy 10:15
Under 12 Boys
Leo McAuley
Under 12 Girls
Sinead O’Hare 5:57
Under 10 Boys
Kayden McClelland, Kobe McClelland (times currently unavailable)
Under 10 Girls
Eloise McAuley 3:56 and 3rd place finish, Amelia Fleming 4:21
On the same course, Kevin Donnelly was our sole representative in the Bobby Rea Cross Country race, finishing in 32:20.

It’s still marathon season, and this time it was the turn of the Shane’s Castle event. We had 2 Harriers on the course with Ciaran Wright finishing in 4:36:17 and Anton Piatek completing his first marathon in 4:36:30.
Not to be outdone by others last week, Bernard McKeaveney decided it was time to rejoin the headers by completing the EAMS Octoberfest event today. Bernard completed an amazing 50k in a PB time of 6:25:15.
So, this week’s tune is for our Kevin. Speedy specs finished first at the Waterworks parkrun in a PB time then headed off to complete a half marathon distance run then did XC the day after. Just what we expect from perfect Kevin at this stage.
(And cheers Paul!)
Until next week, behave.

Runner of the month -September 2021

“What a month! Who to choose?! There were some fantastic performances this month and if I could nominate more than one person.”

To quote from one of our nominations and it is certainly true of September. A fantastic month with no let up from the Harriers in their running efforts.

Here’s what you had to say about your fellow Harriers:
Alan Ladd, “For his great result in the Berlin marathon”, “Alan’s PB performance at the Berlin marathon is in a class of its own. To run a marathon in that time, under those conditions is outstanding. Congratulations Alan!”

Alan Erwin, “Amazing result in Belfast marathon .. Al just gets better every race”, “Has to be Alan for that huge PB at Belfast Marathon. He has been training really well for months and it has paid off at both Larne and Belfast”.
Dawn Blain, “Dawn gives it every thing in training”.

Suzanne Brennan, “Been putting in the work recently and got herself a pb in London”
However, we can only choose one and this month’s winner is certainly a deserving winner, Anita Piatek, “Anita for the challenge of the Ecotrail Wicklow 30K”, “Completing the very tough Wicklow eco trail race especially after waiting so long for it to happen with last year’s race being cancelled”, “Anita for completing a very tough 30km at the Wicklow Ecotrail race”, “Great dedication in training (multiple times) for her race and which finally went ahead, awesome running”.

Congratulations to everyone who received a nomination and a massive well done to our September Runner of the Month, Anita Piatek.

Club Run Report – 17th October 2021

I, as I’m sure we all do, still eagerly await the takeover of Mallusk Harriers by a billionaire petroleum-based nation state. But, as it hasn’t happened yet and I haven’t been replaced (yet) by JK Rowling, here’s yet another week of results and nonsense.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Ben Davidson 21:14, Alan Erwin 21:37, Lord Ian Brennan 24:26PB, Karen McKee 25:15, Paul Skillen 25:16, Clare Teer 28:12, Cathy Ryan 29:05, Marie McBrien 29:59, Owen Fulton 30:21, Joanne Milne 32:19, John Teer 39:48

Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 23:03, Ciaran Wright 24:04, Susan Thompson 27:06, Claire 29:09

Queens parkrun:
Roisin Brooks 30:13

Wallace parkrun:
Stephen Semple 24:14, Maeve Kennedy 25:05, Dermot Boyd 31:54

Antrim parkrun:
Stephen Armour 20:39, Sharon Dunn 26:35PB

Carrickfergus parkrun:
Alan Kerr 24:33, David Esler 26:37

Limavady parkrun:
Johnny Carey 24:12

Sixmilewater parkrun:
Tom Fleming 18:09 and first finisher (again), Peter Fleming 20:38PB, Emily Murphy 25:54

Garvagh Forest parkrun:
Martin McCready 34:58

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Tom Fleming 6:50PB and first finisher (again), Joseph Eager 8:49, Emily Murphy 9:00PB, Sinead O’Hare 10:52, Matthew Hawkins 10:53

Musgrave junior parkrun:
Kayden McClelland 9:18 Kobe McClelland 9:50

It’s the weekend so it’s another 5k race for Aidy. The man must have more bling than the Kardashians by this stage. He certainly has more medals than his beloved Arsenal (sorry Aidy!). Mr Hughes took part in the Centra Run Together 5k in Ormeau Park today. Unofficial time of 26:40.

This weekend was a headers’ dream as the Belfast 24-hour event took place. Despite poor conditions at times there were some amazing performances from our own Harriers and from others.

Lee O’Boyle had a Top 10 finish with a distance of 128 miles. Unbelievable Jeff! Angela Stevens completed an amazing 57 miles. Micky McAuley completed almost 65 miles before having to pull out due to injury. Neill McGlinchey completed nearly 33 miles before the same fate befell him.

All completed ultra distances. All are complete headers. We salute you and your poor wee feet.

So, this week’s tune is for the 24-hour headers. Lee and Micky should appreciate this one. The rest of you, maybe not so much. But they’re headers and they’re right. Enjoy!
Until next week, behave.

Club Run Report – 10th October 2021

This week seems to have been a bit of a post marathon comedown. Some reflecting and basking in personal glories; others still traumatised. Or both.

But firstly, taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Adam McCann 20:19, Joe Mathers 23:06, David Esler 25:00PB, Leo McAuley 25:46, Clare Teer 27:28, Neill McGlinchey 29:01, Ramunas Stanevicius 30:55, Galina Stanevicius 30:56, Joanne Milne 31:10, John Teer 40:47

Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 18:50 and 2nd finisher, Lord Ian Brennan 25:08, Susan Thompson 27:09, Emily Murphy 27:14PB, Claire McCann 31:18

Victoria parkrun:
Anita Piatek 38:52

Wallace parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 32:25

Antrim parkrun:
Maeve Kennedy 24:41, Elaine Kennedy 28:14

Belfast Victoria junior parkrun:
Kayden McClelland 8:47, Kobe McClelland 9:16

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:40 and 3rd finisher, Matthew Hawkins 10:38

Musgrave junior parkrun:
Kayden McClelland 9:05PB, Kobe McClelland 9:31

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:31, Eloise McAuley 8:36PB, Emily Murphy 8:58, Sinead O’Hare 10:50

Our sole 26.2 warrior this week was Marty O’Neill who took part in the Manchester marathon earlier today. Despite picking up an injury during the race, Marty delivered (geddit?) a great time of 3:16:22. 😎

So, this week’s tune is for the Martython himself. His trip gave me a chance to pick a classic tune from the fabled music city of Manchester. So I didn’t.

Until next week, behave.

Great to see Adam McCann back running 🤩🎉🎉

We were delighted to see our Junior club member Adam McCann return to action.
Adam suffered a horrific injury at school some time ago. He has battled back through a lot of hard work and dedication.

Throughout his rehabilitation he helped out the club coaches by acting as an assistant coach at out Junior sessions.
A great young man we are proud to have at the club

Well done Adam 🏃🏃🏃

Club Run Report – 3rd October 2021

Today’s 10@10 has turned into tv@10, and 11 and 12 as we watch London on the tv and check for Belfast updates online. Or else we are out on the road shouting support, banging pans and ringing the obligatory cowbell. Whatever way we support the runners, marathon day always bring a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. A bit like the bag drop queues.

But firstly, taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Ben Davidson 19:49, Adam McCann 20:17PB, Stephen Armour 21:58, Brendan ROTM McGeown 23:24, Leo McAuley 26:01, David Esler 26:21, Aidy Hughes 27:04, Neill McGlinchey 28:59, Sharon Dunn 29:00, Cathy Ryan 29:01, Marie McBrien 29:24, Ramunas Stanevicius (and Ugnius) 30:26, Galina Stanevicius 30:29, Karen McKee 30:29, Prof Alan Ladd 30:30 (obviously reliving their Berlin highlights on the way round), Emily “the comeback kid” Dowling 31:40, Roseann McGeown 31:43, Roisin Brooks 32:10, Janet Grew 32:35, Joanne Milne 33:06

And well done to Marie who tried to sneak through her 200th parkrun without anyone noticing!

Waterworks parkrun:
Dawn Blain 23:18, Susan Thompson 27:43, Claire McCann 29:00

Victoria parkrun:
Tom Fleming 17:22PB

Ormeau parkrun:
Bernard McKeaveney 27:33
Brave boy a day before the big one!

Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 29:03

Carrickfergus parkrun:
Anton Piatek 25:09

Orangefield parkrun:
Martin McCready 35:20

Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun:
Stephen Semple 23:38, Maeve Kennedy 24:39 and first female finisher

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:32 and 2nd place finisher, Emily Murphy 9:21, Sinead O’Hare 10:31, Matthew Hawkins 13:32

Musgrave junior parkrun:
Kayden McClelland 9:05PB, Kobe McClelland 9:31

Waterworks junior parkrun:
None today! Big boy (and girl) stuff on.

Today, attentions turned to the majors – London and Belfast – as our 26.2 warriors took to the streets.

Let’s start with our much loved home marathon. 8 Harriers were in action:
Alan Erwin 3:10:35PB, Micky McAuley 3:12:43, Pamela Mooney 3:46:19, Ken “is that really a beard?” McAuley 3:51:28, Johnny Carey 4:00:18, Ciaran Wright 4:13:19, Bernard McKeaveney 4:35:53PB, Angela Stevens 4:39:56

Over in London there was a great turnout for the Harriers as qualifiers for the last few years finally got a chance to run the streets paved with gold.

Lee “why is this so flat?” O’Boyle 2:42:20, Kevin Donnelly 2:59:52PB, Neil Campbell 3:18:52, Stephen Gallagher 3:31:03, Patricia Curistan 3:34:08, Paul Skillen 3:57:00, Suzanne Brennan 4:06:25PB, Joe Mathers 4:09:12, Lord Ian Brennan 4:32:15, Leeanne Skillen 6:17:41, Laura Campbell 6:18:49

So, this week’s tune is for those who took on the 26.2 tests today.

Your time is irrelevant. You all beat the distance. And for this we salute you.
Until next week, behave.

Have you volunteered lately?

Mallusk Harriers star in the Latest Active Running advert for Volunteering at Parkrun. Have you Volunteered lately?

It’s so easy to volunteer and show your support. Why not give a little back and support your running community.

How to volunteer at parkrun
We would be lost with out the many volunteers who keep all our Parkruns running and giving up their free time.

If you can help volunteer at your local Parkrun , please see how too below and become part of a great team of people who make sure our Parkruns takes place and is safe for everyone each Saturday.

parkruns are community events delivered every weekend by volunteers. Anyone and everyone can be a volunteer. You need no prior experience and you can volunteer regularly, or just once in a while.

All the roles are explained to you on the day, it’s super easy, fun and rewarding. Plus you get to feel a part of your local community. Fancy giving it a go? Here’s how.

  1. Send an email to your local parkrun

The simplest way to sign up to volunteer is to send an email to your local parkrun. You can find your local event here, and you can locate their email address on your event’s home page, under the ‘volunteer’ tab.

Let the team know when you’d like to volunteer (it might be the coming event, or further ahead), and if you have a preference, you can say what role you might like (or not like!) to do. Include your parkrun barcode number too. Then, the volunteer coordinator will be in touch to book you in. Easy.

  1. Tell the event team when you’re at parkrun

When you’re at parkrun or junior parkrun, just tell the team (someone in a high-vis vest) that you would like to volunteer (again, you may want to volunteer the following week, or another date in the future) and they will help book you in.

  1. Sign up to receive Volunteer emails

You can choose the events you would like to hear from by signing into your parkrun profile here.

Or you can click the ‘volunteer opt-in’ button when you receive your results email after taking part in a parkrun. This then means that you’ll receive emails in the future from your local event when there are specific roles still available . You can just reply to the email to sign yourself up.