Club Race Report – 29th May 2022

I’m disappointed in myself but I don’t think I have it in me to make any sarcastic comments about Liverpool fans this week given what happened both on and off the pitch last night. And that’s despite me getting here hours early to write something.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
ADav 24:28, Nuala Muldoon 24:51, Ciaran Wright 27:44, Ciaran Hawkins 28:18, Martin McCready 33:36, Joanne Milne 34:45, John Teer 38:17
Waterworks parkrun:
Bernie McAllister 27:39, David Esler 29:51
Victoria parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 20:08PB
Falls parkrun:
Anita Piatek 29:34
Portrush parkrun:
Stephen Armour 21:28PB, Sharon Dunn 30:00
Ormeau Park parkrun:
Susan Thompson 37:10
Antrim parkrun:
Stephen Semple 23:47, Maeve Kennedy 24:02PB, Elaine Kennedy 28:21, Riley Kerr 33:47
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 7:38 and second finisher, Emily Murphy 8:10 and third finisher, Sinead O’Hare 9:46, Matthew Hawkins 10:24, Andrea Bradley 13:55
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Eloise McAuley 8:40, Leo McAuley 10:30, Jessie Smith 11:13, Lexi Smith 14:06PB
Musgrave junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 9:03
There were 2 racing events this week, both of which form part of the 2022 Club Championship (kerching again), with the Mayfair races in Ballyclare on Saturday and Newry on Sunday.
The ever popular Mayfair event (absolutely nothing to do with the spread they put on) had perfect weather conditions and saw another great turnout from the Harriers:
Tom Fleming 16:25PB, Emily Murphy 20:59, Brendan McGeown 21:13PB, Craig Goodall 21:28, Paul Skillen 22:38, Karen McKee 23:56, Aidy Hughes 24:51, Sinead O’Hare 26:50, Marie McBrien 28:41, Roseann McGeown 30:30
And great to see 2 juniors leading the way. Unless you’re one of the oldies they beat of course.
Sean Doherty 42:35PB, Robbie Gould 42:42, Robert Gould 45:04, Stephen Murphy 49:49, Janet Grew 1:01:43, Dermot Boyd 1:03:51PB, Roisin Brooks 1:04:23
Then on Sunday we had other Harriers in Newry at both 10k and half marathon distance:
Kevin Donnelly 37:08
Half Marathon
Martin O’Neill 1:21:54PB, Patrick Shields 1:32:15, Alan Stewart 1:44:58, Ciaran Wright 1:48:15
So this week’s tune is for the Juniors who ruled the Mayfair 5k. It’s an oldie for the young ‘uns. From one Junior to the others.
Until next week, nunca caminarás solo.

Club Race Report – 22nd May 2022

Another Sunday, another day to have a laugh at the Liverpool fans who still think they’re winning the league this year. More chance of Rory McIlroy winning another trophy folks…..
But enough of slagging off other sports – what about the running you ask?
Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
ADav 21:34, Gareth McLoughlin 22:32, Karen McKee 25:43, Sinead O’Hare 28:55, Cathy Ryan 30:04, Neill McGlinchey 30:30, Joanne Milne 30:39, Marie McBrien 32:11, Martin McCready 36:42
Waterworks parkrun:
Ciaran Wright 22:27, Neil McCready 24:55, Paul Skillen 25:55, Kevin Donnelly 25:59, Joe Mathers 25:59
Victoria parkrun:
Robbie Gould 21:26, Stevo Armour 21:56, Robert Gould 22:35, Sharon Dunn 25:44
ECOS Ballymena parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 21:26PB
Portrush parkrun:
Anton Piatek 40:20PB, Anita Piatek 50:23
Antrim parkrun:
Stephen Semple 24:06, Maeve Kennedy 24:21, Dermot Boyd 32:10, Elaine Kennedy 33:36
Limavady parkrun:
Johnny Carey 23:17
Stormont parkrun:
Emily Murphy 22:06, Stephen Murphy 23:52
Sixmilewater parkrun:
Tom Fleming 17:21 and first finisher, Bernie McAllister 27:03, Riley Kerr 32:16
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Emily Murphy 8:08PB and first finisher, Sinead O’Hare 9:33, Matthew Hawkins 10:21, Joseph Eager 10:21, Rhys Kerr 16:55
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Kobe McClelland 9:03 and third finisher
Musgrave junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 9:03
In other racing, Elaine Kennedy continued her assault on the Woodburn Trail Series, completing their second race in 42:23.
Lee O’Boyle and Micky McAuley both donned their trendy headbands this weekend as they took part in the Annalong Horseshoe. This is a 13.1 mile race that is part of the NIMRA Championship. It takes place across 5 of the peaks of the Mournes and includes just the 4,500ft of elevation. Lee finished 7th in 2:45:14 and Micky 16th in 2:54:44.
So this week’s tune is another reminder about the upcoming Club Championship (ker-ching). Entries for the Ballyclare Mayfair races close this evening. So get in there and support your CLUB championship. Geddit?
Until next week, behave.

Club Race Report – 15th May 2022

Track session on Wednesday and Sealstown run on Thursday. Ever get the feeling the coaches are trying to kill us? Won’t help numbers for the club championship! (Get yourselves signed up by the way). I get paid every time I plug it so expect a lot of this..
Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 20:29PB and 3rd finisher, Joe Mathers 24:00, ADav 24:11, David Esler 26:25, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 26:49, Paul Skillen 26:52, Karen McKee 26:52, Clare Teer 28:11, Neill McGlinchey 30:59, Marie McBrien 32:25, Roisin Brooks 32:55, Joanne Milne 33:38, John Teer 38:37, Martin McCready 59:59
Waterworks parkrun:
Emily Murphy 21:42PB, Stephen Murphy 23:38PB, Maeve Dunseath 26:47
Victoria parkrun:
Adam McCann 19:19, Neil McCready 25:07
Enniskillen parkrun:
Bernie McAllister 28:43
Ormeau Park parkrun:
Maeve Kennedy 24:25PB, Stephen Semple 24:33
Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 29:00
Limavady parkrun:
Johnny Carey 23:35
Colin Glen parkrun:
Anton Piatek 28:43
Sixmilewater parkrun:
Robbie Gould 21:07, Robert Gould 22:36, Craig Goodall 25:59, Riley Kerr 31:27PB
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 7:27PB and second finisher, Kayden McClelland 9:17, Kobe McClelland 9:50, Riley Kerr 11:29, Matthew Hawkins 11:31, Rhys Kerr 15:29
And well done Elijah on your weekend parkrun PB double!
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Emily Murphy 7:56PB and third finisher, Eloise “media star” McAuley 8:23, Leo McAuley 8:32, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 9:01PB
And Leo’s 150th junior parkrun!
Bernie was nearly our parkrun tourist of the week (is Enniskillen foreign?) but thankfully I was saved, not for the first time, by Dermot Boyd. Dermot completed the Amsterdamse Bos parkrun in the Netherlands in 31:22. This parkrun, as our more cultured Harriers (both of them) may have guessed is in Amsterdam. It takes place in the Amsterdamse Bos park. Did you know it is three times the size of Central park in New York? Do you care? Fine.
Let’s hope Dermot enjoyed his time in Amsterdam and was able to see the sights and do the usual touristy things. I meant museums and pushbikes, people. Get your minds out of the gutter. Honestly!
The only other racing for the Harriers this week was at the first race of the Woodburn Forest Series. Elaine Kennedy finished in 28:15 with a wee course PB to boot.
So this week’s tune is for Dermot. Mainly because, y’know, it’s Dermot. But also because his Amsterdam trip gives me another chance to play this classic. David will probably hate this one.
Until next week, behave.

We don’t just run – we also volunteer.

It’s been a busy few weeks for many of our members. As well as training and racing, we’ve also been busy volunteering.

Belfast City Marathon

Big thank you to all our club members who gave up their time to assist and volunteer at the Belfast Marathon Expo for three days on the run up to Belfast Marathon. We have had lots of great feedback. In addition to helping out at the fantastic expo, we had members helping out on the course and at the start and finish line areas. Thanks everyone for representing the club so well. Not only did the runners do the club proud, but the volunteers equally did as well. Massive kudos to everyone helping out at the event. #BelfastCityMarathon

Antrim & Newtownabbey Big Spring Clean

Great morning spent clearing litter from our village, on Saturday 7th May. This was part of the Antrim and Newtownabbey big Spring clean. The sun shone as picked are way through:

20 volunteers (and 1 dog)

30 black bin bags.

1 apple Mac

1 pc monitor

1 road sign

1 disc brake

I cone

I tyre

2 number plates

80 plastic bottles

9 glass bottles

Countless crisp packets

1 Ten pound note

Several energy gel wrappers

Millions of tins

2 recycling boxes

1 sand bag

27 face coverings

1 great club

Thanks to all the members who volunteered. A great morning’s work and craic.

#malluskharriers #keepmallusktidy #ourvillage #ourcommunity #liveherelovehere

Club Race Report – 8th May 2022

Okay, let’s just say it. The Belfast Marathon was sooo last week. The question this week is, what’s next?

Another one? parkrun PB? Club championship points? Weight gain and lethargy? The choice is yours.

Firstly, another late result off the Vidiprinter and another potential kicking for this report writer.

Turns out I missed Nuala Muldoon from last week’s marathon report. Nuala has recently made a return to the club. Possibly unintentionally, who knows?

But, anyhow, she finished the marathon in 4:14:14.

Highly unlikely she’ll ever read this so I think I got away with it. But apologies anyway.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Sean Doherty 21:17PB, Brendan McGeown 23:45, Alan Erwin 23:46, Elijah Cushley 25:10, David Esler 25:22, Clare Teer 27:47, Cathy Ryan 30:38, Marie McBrien 31:25, Neill McGlinchey 31:37, Roseann McGeown 32:24, Roisin Brooks 33:37, John Teer 38:43, Martin McCready 58:57

Waterworks parkrun:

Joe Mathers 22:49, ADav 23:26, Maeve Kennedy 25:17, Ciaran Wright 25:27, Susan Thompson 26:27, Joanne Milne 30:26

Ormeau Park parkrun:

Anita Piatek 32:20PB

Antrim parkrun:

Neil McCready 25:58, Elaine Kennedy 28:45

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 18:15 and first finisher, Riley Kerr 35:29

Garvagh Forest parkrun:

Nikki Fleck 29:31

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 7:49 and first finisher, Emily Murphy 8:15PB and second finisher, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 9:43, Riley Kerr 11:14, Matthew Hawkins 11:17, Rhys Kerr 15:54

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Eloise McAuley 8:17 and second finisher, Jessie Smith 11:02PB, Leo McAuley 12:25, Lexi Smith 15:00, Hollie Brennan 15:52

But there was plenty of other non-parkrun, non-marathon racing going on this week too.

On Friday night, several Harriers represented the club at the Scrabo Striders Run the Runways event.


Emily Murphy 21:49, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 25:41, Anita Piatek 26:14


Marty O’Neill 37:26PB, Adam McCann 38:54, Stephen Murphy 51:18

On the same night, several other Harriers were chasing PBs elsewhere, at NBH Night of Friendly 5000s. The club was superbly represented alongside NBH, Tafelta, Keep Er Lit and Beechmount:

Race 1:

Aidy Hughes 24:30PB, David Butler 26:51

Race 2:

Craig Goodall 21:24 and race winner, Lord Ian Brennan 22:11PB, Orla McNulty 22:57, David Esler 23:08

Race 3:

ADav 19:22, Robbie Gould 19:26, Elijah Cushley 20:12, Sean Doherty 20:16, Stevo Armour 20:17

Race 4:

Tom Fleming 16:47, Kevin Donnelly 17:59

Taking on Pats 5k in Pomeroy yesterday,  in memory of Pat Mallon, was Dermot Boyd with a time of 35:07

Folks there may have been more runners and definitely more PBs out there but if you don’t post in Team App then I can’t report it! The aul crystal ball ain’t what it used to be!

So this week’s tune is for those who took off on the runways on Friday night. Yes, I know this is runaways, not runways but you find a decent song about runways. And this one has Joan Jett.

Until next week, behave.


9. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb


9. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb

Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Vol. 1 track 9

Club Race Report – Tuesday 3rd May 2022

A big week with a big race at the end of it. Possibly followed by big hangovers? Definitely followed by big aches and pains. But sure we love it. Don’t we?

Firstly, a late result off the Vidiprinter, as I apologise for missing out Angela Stevens’ amazing run at the Connemara Ultra. Angela finished the ultra distance in 8:15:33. And just to confirm that Lee O’Boyle did indeed finish 4th in a field of over 130 runners. Official time was 4:36:02.

I will now take myself out the back and give myself a good hiding for my omission.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 21:24PB and third finisher, David Esler 25:17, Joanne Milne 30:38, ADav 30:46, Marie McBrien 34:32, Galina Stanevicius 42:09, Anton Piatek 56:23

Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 20:05, Robbie Gould 21:42, Robert Gould 22:23, Maeve Kennedy 29:38, Claire McCann 36:34

Victoria parkrun:
Mark Smith 17:29, Emily Murphy 22:22PB, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 26:45, Susan Thompson 35:54

Portrush parkrun:
Alan Kerr 26:25

Wallace parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 29:57

Castlewellan parkrun:
Neil McCready 24:28

Sixmilewater parkrun:
Tom Fleming 17:00PB and first finisher

Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 31:30PB

Dunleath Playing Fields parkrun:
Adam McCann 18:19PB and second finisher

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Emily Murphy 8:20 and first finisher, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 9:41, Matthew Hawkins 13:10
But the focus this week was obviously the Belfast Marathon with the Harriers out in full force.

Not only running, but also supporting and volunteering. Fair play to all of them.

Results for the runners were: (PBs and 1st marathons noted where known)

Neil Campbell 2:53:48PB, Alan Erwin 2:57:16PB, Micky McAuley 3:00:23PB, ADav 3:11:29PB, Stephen Gallagher 3:16:48, Andrew McNevison 3:24:29, Patrick Shields 3:25:33, Stephen Smyth 3:26:43, Patricia Curistan 3:31:12PB, Stephen Armour 3:44:59 (1st timer), Sean Doherty 3:47:33 (1st timer) , Brendan McGeown 3:47:54, Joe Mathers 3:48:36, Alan Stewart 3:57:16PB, Paul Skillen 4:09:06, Anton Piatek 4:10:41PB, Johnny Carey 4:12:32, Karen McKee 4:19:41, Bernard McKeaveney 4:22:37PB, Sharon Dunn 4:25:38, Alex Stewart 4:26:47, Stephen Semple 4:29:15, Maeve Kennedy 4:29:15, Sarah O’Kane 4:32:20 (1st timer), Pamela McCafferty 4:32:22, Angela Stevens 4:57:39
So a huge congrats to all 26, including 7 PBs, 3 first timers and everyone else who just managed to finish, whatever their time. Huge achievements all round. Give yourselves a round of applause. I’ll wait……

And yet another word for all the Harriers who were out on the course supporting. Do not underestimate the boost it gives the runners.

So this week’s tune is for our marathon heroes. You may not have felt it in the last 3 miles; you may not have felt it on Monday morning; but the pain is temporary – the feeling of achievement is permanent. We salute you.
And the video reminds me of our Xmas dos.
Until next week, behave.