Club Race Report – 18th December 2022

Training cancelled, roads too icy to run on, even XC was cancelled.

I decided to switch my training up a bit because of it. Instead of a morning run I did some strength work. By strength work I mean that I watched Die Hard. Alone. All in one go. With no interruptions.

It is not a Xmas movie. It is THE Xmas movie. End of conversation.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 22:23, Stephen Murphy 24:41, Coach Sinead O’Hare 25:39, Marie McBrien 28:51, Cathy Ryan 29:08, Joanne Milne 32:42, Sharon Dunn 32:43, Roisin Brooks 33:02

Waterworks parkrun:

Robbie Gould 20:17, Rab Gould 21:28, Lord Ian Brennan 23:44, Maeve Kennedy 24:28, Owen Fulton 32:18

Antrim parkrun:

Tom Fleming 16:57PB and first finisher, Elaine Kennedy 29:54

Carrick parkrun:

Alan Kerr 24:43, Lauren Penman 32:42

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Coach Sinead O’Hare 9:10 and second finisher, Joseph Eager 11:27, Matthew Hawkins 11:27, Andrea Bradley 17:21

Given that we lost the latest XC league meeting to the weather, there was no other racing this cold and icy week.

So, given this is the last report before the holidays, can I wish both my readers a very merry Xmas.

Here’s a lovely Xmas tune for you. Yes, I have used it before and, yes, it’s from Die Hard. Ho Ho Ho.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 11th December 2022

I just need to state for the record that a jammy joey is not a proper snowball. And never will be.


Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

ADav 22:54, Stevo Armour 25:13, Coach Sinead O’Hare 25:36, Emily Murphy 26:26, Elaine Kennedy 32:18, Martin McCready 1:01:04

And a word of thanks to all the Harriers who took part in the takeover of this week’s event – organising, on volunteering duties, teas and coffees (and biscuits) and handling any unexpected medical emergencies. And a huge thanks to those (Harrier and otherwise) who contributed to the local foodbank appeal. All a credit to the club.

Just shows what can be achieved when Alex doesn’t make a speech.

Waterworks parkrun:

Suzanne Brennan 23:23, Maeve Kennedy 24:53

Hillsborough Forest parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 23:15

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Leo McAuley 8:03PB and third finisher, Eloise McAuley 8:39, Coach Sinead O’Hare 9:00, Calum Murphy 10:39, Emily Murphy 10:41, Joseph Eager 12:47, Matthew Hawkins 13:37

And congratulations to Sinead and Emily on their well co-ordinated 50th junior parkruns.

Our vest from the West, Aidy Hughes, was back in 5k action again yesterday.(I know, shocker). He was in action at the latest Sperrin Harriers Winter Trail event at Lough Fea. Aidy completed the 5k trail course in 27:29.

Also out west yesterday were our hardy mudsucking men’s XC team. The results say it was the latest league event at MUSA, Cookstown. Their reports suggest it may have been Mordor.

Men’s 4 mile race:

Prof Alan Ladd 26:11, David Graham 26:34, Robbie Gould 28:18, Kevin Donnelly 28:19, Sean Doherty 30:52, Rab “the one shoe wonder” Gould 30:55, John McBride 33:00

Being based in Mallusk, it’s hard to come up with decent tune about ice and cold every week for at least 50 weeks of the year. And yet I do. So this week’s song is for everyone who braved the cold – at training, Cookstown, Lough Fea, Woodburn or wherever.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 4th December 2022

Christmas. The season of goodwill, mince pies, egg nog (whatever that is), Xmas parties and, evidently, leather trousers. Did I miss that meeting?

Martin Luther King Jr, Winston Churchill, Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama.

All legendary public speakers. But move over boys, we’ve a new name for the list.

Those in attendance last night will forever remember the date, the atmosphere, the tension in the room. And that was only to see if Karen could handle the PowerPoint.

Anyhow, we had a great turnout for the Harrier Xmas party last night. The Wee Bistro were excellent hosts, even having the good sense to lock the doors when Alex started speaking.

A special non-sarcastic shout out to Sean Doherty who organised the festivities. Better watch yourself Sean. We’ll have you organising everything now it was that good.

And well done to all our winners on the night. But just remember, we’re all winners really. Even those of you who couldn’t even win the raffle.

Special proper mention to Janet Grew and Sean Doherty who were presented with their prizes for winning the female and men Club Championships.

Firstly, a few late results off the Vidiprinter.

We had a couple of Harriers at the latest Born 2 Run event last weekend at Gosford.

Coach Sinead O’Hare completed the 5k in 27:48 and Obviously Dermot Boyd completed the 10k in 1:11:31.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

ADav 20:57 and third finisher, Elijah Cushley 21:41, Eloise McAuley 24:45 and second female finisher, Aidy Hughes 26:29, Claire McCann 48:41, John Teer 1:00:42, Martin McCready 1:00:43

Waterworks parkrun:

Robbie Gould 20:55, Rab Gould 21:48, Coach Sinead O’Hare 23:55PB, Neil McCready 24:46, Jim Hewitt 25:30, Cathy Ryan 27:08, Suzanne Brennan 27:12, Lord Ian “London baby!” Brennan 27:13

Victoria parkrun:

Owen Fulton 34:35

Citypark Craigavon parkrun:

Stephen Semple 23:41PB, Maeve Kennedy 24:00PB

Antrim parkrun (sponsored by Murphys):

Emily Murphy 21:32 and first female finisher, Calum Murphy 28:55, Carrie Murphy 34:28, Stephen Murphy 34:29

Carrickfergus parkrun:

Alan Kerr 25:18

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Coach Sinead O’Hare 8:51 and second finisher, Andrea Bradley 13:31, Matthew Hawkins 13:39

Yesterday saw the Seeley Cup finish off the road racing season for 2022 and there were some great efforts from the Harriers:

Mark Smith 34:46, Kevin Donnelly 37:53, Paddy Shields 38:52, David Graham 41:14, Stevo Armour 41:34, Ramunas Stanevicius 44:06, Johnny Carey 44:53, Craig Goodall 45:10

Our international team was in action again with a couple of Harriers swapping sunny Mallusk for cloudy Lanzarote. Ken McAuley completed the half marathon in 1:49:12 and Stevie Smyth completed the full marathon in a huge PB time of 3:06:44.

Despite medical advice to the contrary in some cases, several Harriers appeared at the Valley today for the NI Hospice Jingle Team Run:

1k Reindeer Dash:

Matthew Gallagher first place!


David Graham 19:38 and second place overall, Aidy Hughes 27:00, Bernard McKeaveney 33:24, Cathy McLoughlin 37:20, Clare Gallagher 37:33PB, Calla Crossan 46:05PB


Sean Doherty 43:45, Alan Stewart 50:30, John Teer 1:14:35PB, Clare Teer 1:14:37

Apologies to anyone I’ve missed as club name is not recorded in the results. And the eyesight today is not what it should be to review photos.

Also today, Tom Fleming was representing the club yet again, this time at the All Ireland Uneven Age Group XC event in Cork. Tom finished 14th in a field of 129 in a time of 17:11. He was also part of an Ulster team that placed second overall. A real credit to the vest.

I just wanted to finish with one photo that our esteemed Chairman seemed to omit last night.

You’re welcome.

So this week’s tune is for our master of ceremonies, our silver tongued, wordsmith. The man, the legend. ADav.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 27th November 2022

Many thanks to Work Experience Boy for covering last week. Over the long years of our close association he has progressed, slowly and painfully, from barely adequate to almost readable. Due to this improvement, he has been sacked.

Firstly, a few late results off the Vidiprinter.

We had a huge turnout for last week’s XC event, the Comber Cup, including a few of our recent C25k graduates having their first go at XC. God love them. They may never come back:

U14 Girls:

Emily Murphy 13:54 and third place in age category, Coach Sinead O’Hare 15:56

U14 Boys:

Leo McAuley 15:08

Ladies 6k Race:

Suzanne Brennan 29:44, Dawn Blain 29:55, Karen McKee 31:22, Maeve Dunseath 33:07, Sharon Dunn 33:33, Pamela McCafferty 33:38, Mairead O’Hare 1:03:12, Calla Crossan 1:03:13

Men’s 8k Race:

Martin O’Neill 32:16, Andrew McNevison 33:09, ADav 33:51, Micky McAuley 34:08, Kevin Donnelly 35:12, Stephen Armour 35:56, Sean Doherty 36:01, Robbie Gould 36:20, Stephen Gallagher 37:51, Rab Gould 38:58, Johnny Carey 43:15

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Ciaran Hawkins 27:54, Marie McBrien 27:56, Stephen Curran 29:21, Cathy Ryan 29:51, Terri Ganley 33:23PB, John Teer 36:19, Cathy McLoughlin 37:34, Clare Gallagher 41:19

Waterworks parkrun:

Neil McCready 21:45, Kevin Donnelly 24:09, Suzanne Brennan 24:26, Lord Ian Brennan 24:28

Antrim parkrun:

Johnny Carey 22:11, Maeve Kennedy 24:46, Elaine Kennedy 58:07

Carrickfergus parkrun:

Alan Kerr 25:18

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 16:45 and first finisher, Robbie Gould 20:05, Rab Gould 21:14, Carrie Murphy 35:06, Stephen Murphy 35:07

Crawfordsburn parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 23:52

Narin Beach parkrun:

Martin McCready 55:47

We had two instances of winter tourists this week and two very exotic locations – Stoke and Salford.

Bernard McKeaveney completed the Hanley parkrun in 24:48. Hanley Park is in Stoke-on-Trent which is in England. Bernard follows in wake of many other Stoke sporting legends such as Sir Stanley Matthews, Phil Taylor, Anthea Turner, Lemmy and Kendo Nagasaki.

Our other tourists headed to Peel parkrun in Salford:

Stevo Armour 19:33PB, ADav 23:10, Sharon Dunn 25:27PB, Joanne Milne 31:57

Salford is known for many things but mainly for being the home of Paul Scholes. There is nothing else you need to know.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Calum Murphy 10:16, Matthew Hawkins 12:40, Joseph Eager 13:18, Andrea Bradley 14:23

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Jessie Smith 11:22, Lexi Smith 12:23PB

A quiet week for other racing as the road season seems to be nearly over. But the mudsuckers were back at it again as Annadale Striders hosted the Malcolm Cup XC league event today at Dub playing fields. We had elites, vets and even a few gents:

U13 Girls 1 mile:

Coach Sinead O’Hare 8:28

U13 Boys 1 mile:

Leo McAuley 6:40

U15 Girls 2 miles:

Emily Murphy 14:26

Men’s Masters 3 miles:

Alan Kerr 24:00, David Butler 25:10

Men’s Malcolm Cup 4 miles:

Marty O’Neill 25:17, Andrew McNevison 25:26, Micky McAuley 26:36, Kevin Donnelly 27:00, Robbie Gould 27:06, Sean Doherty 28:17, Stephen Gallagher 28:19, Robert Gould 29:04, Brendan McGeown 30:49, Lord Ian Brennan 31:50

And here’s to getting an even larger crew out for the next sizzling XC event – Cookstown on Dec 10th.

Next week’s report will be in the aftermath of the Xmas dinner. So expect it around Wednesday. With legal action likely.

So this week’s tune is from New Order, another of Salford’s finest exports. And I think they used old footage from previous Harriers Xmas dinners in their video.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 20th November 2022

Another week has come and gone and we’re getting closer to the Christmas party, it has been mentioned that Mr Chairman plans on making no speeches but rumour has it that he does plan on buying everyone a drink, fill your boots folks.

Thankfully a quieter week to report on and thanks to the cav for letting me brush up on my race location knowledge but more on that later.

Taking on the parkruns this week:


Sean Doherty 22:15, Sinead O’Hare 25:15, Lord Ian Brennan 25:16, Suzanne Brennan 25:17, Cathy Ryan 28:20, Carrie Murphy 33:42, Stephen Murphy 33:42, Rosalind Stitt 41:47.


Robbie Gould 19:44, Robert Gould 21:13


Anton Piatek 25:01, Elaine Kennedy 30:57, Lauren Penman 31:03


Johnny Carey 25:16


Elijah Cushley 26:31


Ramunas Stanevicius 23:53, Eloise McAuley 23:54 and 1st Female, Micky McAuley 23:55, Stephen Semple 25:01, Ciaran Hawkins 27:08, Marie McBrien 27:43, Neill McGlinchey 28:03, Stephen Curran 28:52, Joe Eager, 29:47, Maeve Kennedy 29:48, Sharon Dunn 30:21, Galina Stanevicius 34:35, Joanne The Lav Milne 34:53, John Teer 37:25

And A Dav was at the Valley 19:55 and 1st male finisher…Moving swiftly on.

On Saturday Dermot Boyd took part in the Annagassan 10k in a time of 1.04:44, Annagassan is in Co Louth and as far as I read it was the 2nd most important Viking settlement in Ireland after Dublin, this Wikipedia is great and if I’ve googled the wrong place I do apologise to the people of Annagassan.

Our Juniors as usual took part in the junior parkruns on Sunday morning at the Waterworks where, Jessie Smith 11:45, Lexie Smith 14:01, Alice McAuley 20:54, Eloise McAuley 20:54, Taking part at Jordanstown where, Calum Murphy 10:41, Joe Eager 13:15, Andrea Bradley 13:55, Riley Kerr 14:06, Rhys Kerr 17:36.

Today was another instalment of the cross country league at Billy Neil playing fields for the Comber Cup, it was a bitterly cold day but that didn’t stop our 8 women and 10 men teams braving the cold to put in some brilliant performances, the women’s race was over 6k and men over 8k of rolling hills and countryside, Unfortunately there aren’t any result posted yet by Ballydrain Harriers the hosts so these will follow in due course but a very well done to you all.

So this weeks tune is for all those at todays XC who are eventually defrosting and starting to feel their fingers and toes again.

Until next week

Work Experience Boy

Club Race Report – 12th November 2022

Only 6 weeks to Christmas folks! Time to go looking for those running gifts that seem a good idea at the time. But aren’t. Hope you have enough drawer space to stuff them in from January.

More importantly, only 3 weeks to the Harrier Xmas Dinner. I promise that if the event sells out, I will ensure ADav does not make a speech. If that isn’t enough incentive then I don’t know what is.

BYO maybe????

Firstly, a few late results off the Vidiprinter.

Also running at Minnowburn last week was Coach Sinead O’Hare. Sinead completed the 5k distance in 28:17.

And Obviously Dermot Boyd completed the Ballynahinch Run to Remember 5k in 34:14.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

David Graham 18:55 and second finisher, ADav 21:53, Alan Stewart 24:17, Joseph Eager 24:52PB, Stephen Semple 25:37, Neil McCready 26:25, Coach Sinead O’Hare 27:11, Ciaran Hawkins 28:08, Anton Piatek 28:12, Neill McGlinchey 28:23, David “I’m back” Esler 28:28, Cathy Ryan 29:31, Joanne Milne 30:59, Helen Agnew 31:08

Waterworks parkrun:

Emily Murphy 27:41, Terri Ganley 32:04PB, Carrie Murphy 33:19PB, Stephen Murphy 33:20, Clare Gallagher 38:01, Calla Crossan 47:19

Victoria parkrun:

Tom Fleming 16:18PB, Martin “sub-18” O’Neill 17:56PB

Wallace parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 22:39

Ormeau parkrun:

Robbie Gould 19:14PB, Rab Gould 21:13

Antrim parkrun:

And obviously Dermot Boyd 32:58

Carrickfergus parkrun:

Alan Kerr 25:35

Limavady parkrun:

Johnny Carey 25:15

Castleblaney parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 32:40

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Emily Murphy 7:56 and second finisher, Coach Sinead O’Hare 9:06, Calum Murphy 10:34, Ben Halliday 11:24, Andrea Bradley 13:54, Zari Warren 15:38, Matthew Hawkins 21:35, Joseph Eager 21:36

Victoria junior parkrun:

Rory Mason 9:03

On Wednesday night, some of our newer Harriers donned the headlamps and Hi-Vis to represent the club at the Run in the Dark at Stormont.


Lauren Penman 32:30, Terri Ganley 40:20, Clare Gallagher 40:20, Calla Crossan 49:06


Mark Smith 37:01 and second place overall.

Congratulations Mark, back on the podium.

Yesterday, 3 Harriers headed west to Davagh to take part in this 10k event as part of Sperrin Harriers Winter League Series:

Lee O’Boyle 35:38 and second place overall, Kevin Donnelly 40:29, Micky McAuley 40:42

Well done to all, but especially Lee on another podium finish for the club.

And yesterday, our very own Mark Smith swapped his blue and green vest for an international one as he represented NI at the British & Irish Open International Masters XC (basically XC for really fast old people). Mark finished a very respectable 29th in a time of 30:04. Congrats Mark and big thanks for representing the club so well at international level.

So this week’s tune is for Mark and his international Masters debut. I hear he’s more of a Petula Clarke man himself but this one has master in the title and if it’s good enough for Eddie Munson then it’s good enough for me.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 6th November 2022

Not surprisingly, it was a quieter week after all the fun of Dublin last week. Blisters and hangovers being nursed all across Mallusk.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

ADav 20:20 and first finisher, Stevo Armour 20:29PB and third finisher, Stephen Murphy 22:58PB, Maeve Kennedy 25:02, Emily Murphy 27:03, Alan Stewart 27:10, Marie McBrien 28:02, Clare Teer 28:36, Neill McGlinchey 28:42, Ciaran Hawkins 28:45, Joanne Milne 31:11, Sharon Dunn 31:11, John Teer 37:15, Anita Piatek 48:12, Martin McCready 58:01

Waterworks parkrun:

Kevin Donnelly 18:18 and third finisher, Jim Hewitt 25:47, Ciaran Wright 30:14, Terri Ganley 34:29, Cathy McLoughlin 38:36, Clare Gallagher 39:07

And congratulations to Kevin on completing his 100th parkrun.

Ormeau parkrun:

Robbie Gould 21:17, Rab Gould 21:31

Antrim parkrun:

Neil McCready 22:08, Rory Mason 25:36

Castlewellan parkrun:

Cathy Ryan 29:41

Carrickfergus parkrun:

Alan Kerr 24:34

Comber parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 23:05

Limavady parkrun:

Johnny Carey 23:26

Not really a tourist run but a new course for a Harrier as far as I know. David Graham completed the Holy Cross College parkrun in Strabane in 17:49PB and was first finisher to boot!

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Leo McAuley 7:47 and second finisher, Eloise McAuley 8:37, Alice McAuley 19:14

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Sinead O’Hare 9:05, Joseph Eager 11:54, Matthew Hawkins 11:55, Andrea Bradley 14:56, Rhys Kerr 17:04

Victoria junior parkrun:

Rory Mason 9:05

In this quieter week, our elites (Juniors) took the spotlight with some great performances at the Uneven Age Groups XC Championships at Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar, Donegal.

Boys U17:

Tom Fleming 13:57 and 7th place

Boys U19:

Adam McCann 23:29

Micky McAuley also continued his off road racing with a 35:19 result in the NIMRA Run for Rescue race at Donard Park.

Yesterday also saw the latest Run Forest Run event in the Born 2 Run series. This one was at Minnowburn:


And Obviously Dermot Boyd 1:08:29, Lauren Penman 1:08:42

So this week’s tune is for our juniors. Yes, it is a tenuous link. And, yes, I’m sure the juniors have never heard of this. But they’re still young. They can learn.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 31st October 2022

In Dublin’s fair city, where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on … a load of Harriers, a lot of smiles, definitely a few pints, a fair few PBs and maybe even some club records. But more later.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Coach Sinead O’Hare 25:03, Joseph Eager 25:04, Stephen Semple 25:05, Maeve Kennedy 25:47, Rory Mason 25:52PB, Marie McBrien 27:24, ADav 28:04, Ciaran Hawkins 28:55, Neill McGlinchey 29:20, Cathy Ryan 30:49, Joanne Milne 30:56, John Teer 37:08, Martin McCready 1:00:57

Waterworks parkrun:

Micky McAuley 19:11PB, Robbie Gould 19:35, Leo McAuley 21:33PB, Eloise McAuley 23:40PB, Lord Ian Brennan 28:54

Definitely 3 Shredded Wheat each in the McAuley household this Saturday! Well done on all getting PBs.

Victoria parkrun:

Mark Smith 17:08

ECOS parkrun:

Tom Fleming 16:48 and first finisher

Wallace parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 23:37

Antrim parkrun:

Alan Kerr 29:36, Carrie Murphy 32:53, Stephen Murphy 32:59, and Obviously Dermot Boyd 33:15

On the tourist front, Elaine Kennedy completed the Poolbeg parkrun in 33:58. This one is at Sean Moore Park in Sandymount, Dublin (see what she did there?). The park is named after an Irish politician and, sadly, not after the drummer from The Manic Street Preachers.

Susan Thompson continued her parkrun tour down under this week with a 27:56 run at Coffs Harbour parkrun. Coffs Harbour is on the Gold Coast between Sydney and Brisbane and is the home of the Big Banana. Yes, the Big Banana. A 15m long sculpture celebrating the region’s history as a banana plantation. It is not yet known if this is the main reason that Susan went to Australia. But we really hope it is.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Emily Murphy 8:04 and first female finisher, Eloise McAuley 8:17PB, Kayden McClelland 8:45PB, Leo McAuley 9:03, Kobe McClelland 9:13PB, Andrea Bradley 14:22, Coach Sinead O’Hare 14:22, Alice McAuley 15:44, Rhys Kerr 16:04, Riley Kerr 16:05, Joseph Eager 16:05, Matthew Hawkins 16:05

Looks like the Mallusk juniors took over the place!


congrats to Rhys on completing his 50th junior parkrun!

Portrush junior parkrun:

Rory Mason 9:55

In other racing, yesterday saw the Saintfield 10k and 5k.

In the 5k, Coach Sinead O’Hare finished in 25:34, Aidy Hughes in 27:44 and Obviously Dermot Boyd in 32:47.

But the big stories this week, like Guinness and wrapping paper, come from Dublin.

20 Harriers were foolish enough to take on the Dublin marathon course on Sunday. And they won!

Lee O’Boyle 2:38:27PB, David Graham 3:13:00, Stephen Gallagher 3:14:28, Neil Campbell 3:14:29, Alan Erwin 3:17:43, Kevin Donnelly 3:24:44, Patricia Curistan 3:25:37PB, Stevo Armour 3:38:27PB, Johnny Carey 3:49:17PB, Alan Stewart 3:50:46PB, Suzanne Brennan 3:55:47PB, ADav 3:55:47, Ken McAuley 3:55:49, Paul Skillen 3:58:14, Karen McKee 4:09:28, Joanne Milne 4:29:33PB, Lord Ian Brennan 4:31:55, Bernard McKeaveney 4:38:26, Angela Stevens 4:54:40, Elaine Kennedy 5:09:32

And I am proud to note we now have new club records for the marathon distance in both our male and female categories. So a huge

congratulations to both Lee and Patricia.

So this week’s tune is for Lee and Patricia, our very own record breakers.

Until next week, behave.


Run Race Report – 23rd October 2022

Another week over, another week nearer to Dublin for many Harriers and taper madness is rife. Don’t panic, nearly there folks. But not everyone runs marathons and there was plenty of parkrunning and mudsucking this week too.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
ADav 21:30, Ramunas Stanevicius 21:33, Neil Campbell 24:52, Clare Teer 29:08, Stephen Curran 29:25, Cathy Ryan 30:00, Neill McGlinchey 30:02, Roisin Brooks 32:36, Ciaran Hawkins 37:01, John Teer 37:32, Andrea Bradley 41:48
And a begrudging congratulations to ADav on completing 350 parkruns.
Waterworks parkrun:
Lord Ian Brennan 23:24, Jim Hewitt 25:53, Clare Gallagher 40:11
Wallace parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 22:29
Antrim parkrun:
Stephen Semple 24:38, Maeve Kennedy 24:47, Elaine Kennedy 31:07, And obviously Dermot Boyd 32:07
And we had a real tourist this week. Susan Thompson completed the South Bank parkrun in 38:49.
This parkrun is in Brisbane. Brisbane Australia. Where the Bee Gees lived. How far away do you have to go to avoid ADav’s 350th at the Valley?? The parkrun is held in the South Bank Parklands, a lovely area of park and beaches. It is also home to the Ghandi Curry House.
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Emily Murphy 8:01 and first finisher, Coach Sinead O’Hare 8:41 and second finisher, Calum Murphy 10:11, Joseph Eager 12:39, Riley Kerr 12:40, Matthew Hawkins 12:40, Andrea Bradley 13:08PB, Rhys Kerr 14:49
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 7:34PB and first finisher, Matthew Gallagher 10:23PB, Alice McAuley 15:45PB, Eloise McAuley 20:40
Victoria junior parkrun:
Rory Mason 8:51PB and second finisher
It’s been a quiet week for racing with not even Aidy nor Dermot getting the vest on. That must be a first! Too busy working on your Halloween costumes gents?
But there was finally another day out for the mudsuckers. Yes, XC is back! Hate it or really hate it, there are always a few Harriers ready to dig the spikes out of the attic. The usual routine is “I don’t want to do this; I hate this; I really hate this; that was class, when’s the next one?” Both Robbie and David definitely fell into this category yesterday.
Yesterday was the Bobby Rea XC Event at Billy Neill Playing Fields in sunny (genuinely!) Comber. We had juniors, ladies and even a full team of “gentlemen”.
U10 Girls 1,000m:
Eloise McAuley 3:46 and 6th place
U10 Boys 1,000m:
Rory Mason 4:01
U14 Girls 2,500m:
Emily Murphy 10:33, Coach Sinead O’Hare 11:44
U16 Boys 3,500m:
Tom Fleming 10:49 and 2nd place
U18 Boys 5,000m:
Adam McCann 19:49 (running for St Malachy’s)
Senior Woman 6,000m
Nuala Muldoon 32:12, Sharon Dunn 33:18
Senior Men 8,000m
Mark Smith 30:49, David Graham 32:33, Andrew McNevison 33:31, Kevin Donnelly 33:51, Micky McAuley 34:33, Sean Doherty 34:56, Robbie “used to be white spikes” Gould 35:33, Stevo Armour 36:13, Alan Erwin 38:13, Brendan McGeown 38:58
So this week’s tune is for all the juniors and seniors who tackled the Comber mud yesterday. You should all know better. I know I’ve used this tune before but there only so many mud related songs out there and this one is still an absolute belter. For the melters.
Until next week, behave.
Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Mudhoney – Touch Me I’m Sick [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
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Run Race Report – 16th October 2022

So many decisions to make when you’re training and planning for a marathon. Nutrition, race refuelling, shoe choice, race pace, clothing, etc. However, for most Harriers this week it seems to be the choice of pub for the post-race pint. Fair play.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 21:14, Eloise McAuley 23:55, Nuala Muldoon 24:18, Coach Sinead O’Hare 24:40PB, Anton Piatek 28:02, Marie McBrien 28:08, Cathy Ryan 29:00, Johnny Carey 29:36, Emma Toner 35:44PB
Waterworks parkrun:
Suzanne Brennan 26:15, ADav 26:16, Joanne Milne 29:35PB
Ormeau parkrun:
Stephen Murphy 22:16PB
Antrim parkrun:
Joseph Eager 24:15, Maeve Kennedy 24:56, Elaine Kennedy 31:06
Colin Glen parkrun:
Martin McCready 35:09
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Coach Sinead O’Hare 8:35PB and second finisher, Joseph Eager 9:58, Ben Halliday 10:52, Andrea Bradley 16:20
And well done Sinead on a double PB weekend!
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 7:53 and second finisher, Hollie Brennan 16:59
Wardown junior parkrun:
Rory Mason 8:52 and third finisher
Yesterday saw the latest Friendly 5000 event. This one was back with Tafelta AC, our friends in Magherafelt. Not the best conditions but still plenty of great performances in the rain:
Aidy Hughes 25:38, Stevo Armour 19:39, Robbie Gould 19:31 and B Race winner, Kevin Donnelly 18:18, Adam McCann 18:10, David Graham 17:56, Tom Fleming 16:13 and A Race winner.
Earlier today the Harriers were back in action at the Centra Run Together events in Ormeau Park:
Emily Murphy 23:47 and first female finisher, Aidy Hughes 27:42, Carrie Murphy 33:54, Terri Ganley 34:23, Bernard McKeaveney 34:27, Clare Gallagher 43:47, Calla Crossan 48:17
Bronagh Adjey 1:02:34PB, Hannah Hope 1:02:34
And particular congratulations to all the C25k graduates who were representing the club for the first time. Great to see it.
I’ve treated you all to enough musical classics over the weeks and months as well as passing on some essential nuggets of general knowledge. It’s now time you put all that effort to good use and get yourselves out to the club quiz this Friday. You may not know all the answers but seeing how bad the rest of the Harriers are will make you feel better at least!
To finish, I was going to pick a track from that “classic” Bon Jovi album, Slippery When Wet, for those who swam around the track in Magherafelt yesterday. However, today really needed recognised as it was the annual outing of Alan Erwin’s “special” socks. Alan, we salute you.

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Until next week, behave.
The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty in Pink (Official Video)
The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty in Pink (Official Video)