Club Race Report – 5th June 2022

Well, I hope you’ve all been celebrating the big platinum anniversary this week. Yup, 70 years since the first pop music charts were published.
(Al Martino’s “Here in my Heart” was the first ever number one if you’re wondering. Not exactly a banger to be fair).
Also 70 years since Emil Zatopek set a marathon world record of 2:23:03 at the Helsinki Olympic Games for the runners amongst you.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Matthew Hawkins 30:01, Ciaran Hawkins 30:02
Waterworks parkrun:
Joe Mathers 22:50
Portrush parkrun:
Tom Fleming 18:08PB and first finisher, Nikki Fleck 33:34
Ormeau parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 20:55
Larne parkrun:
David Esler 24:41
Limavady parkrun:
Johnny Carey 21:55
Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 29:40PB
Hillsborough Forest parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 20:37PB
Garvagh Forest parkrun:
Martin McCready 39:33
But most of the parkrunning Harriers were at Antrim, taking part in a day organised by the team captains to encourage people to come out and run for fun with a bit of craic afterwards
It worked.
Antrim parkrun:
Martin O’Neill 18:57 and third finisher, Robbie Gould 20:01, Stevo Armour 20:12, Rab Gould 21:51, Ciaran Wright 22:02PB, Anton Piatek 23:13PB, Stephen Murphy 23:13, Maeve Kennedy 23:54PB, Stephen Semple 24:10, Jim Grew 24:18, Craig Goodall 25:29, Sarah McCafferty 27:08, Pamela McCafferty 27:08, Shane McBrien 27:12, Sharon Dunn 27:23, Rory Brooks 27:26, Sinead O’Hare 27:38, Maeve Mullan 28:17, Clare Teer 28:22, Karen McKee 28:40, Alan Stewart 28:41, Brendan McGeown 28:41, Alan Erwin 28:42, Neill McGlinchey 29:35, Marie McBrien 29:59, Elaine Kennedy 30:18, Jasper Brooks 31:23, Paddy Brooks 31:28, Roisin Brooks 31:38, Mairead O’Hare 39:52
And a big thanks to Janet and the captains for organising and for the post-run refreshments.
Much appreciated on a warm day.
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:31 and first finisher, Sinead O’Hare 9:36, Matthew Hawkins 10:29, Andrea Bradley 14:26
In other racing this week Elaine Kennedy completed the Woodburn Trail Series on Tuesday evening, finishing the third and final race in 46:53.
Wednesday evening saw several Harriers turn on the subtitles and head to Magherafelt for the latest friendly 5000s event. This one was held by Tafelta AC and was attended by Tafelta, Keep Er Lit Running, North Belfast Harriers, Victoria Park & Connswater AC, Galbally Runners and Purvis Running as well as 12 of our very own Harriers.
It was a great night, perfect weather conditions, relaxed atmosphere, well organised and even free Mars Bars. Oh yeah, and PBs!
Race 1:
Marvel (that name’s gonna stick) Mullan 25:11, Aidy Hughes 25:17, Sinead O’Hare 26:03
Race 2:
Brendan McGeown 21:12PB, Rab Gould 21:15, Ciaran Wright 22:03, Orla McNulty 23:07, David Esler 23:46
Race 3:
Stevo Armour 19:58PB
Race 4:
Kevin Donnelly 17:56, Robbie Gould 19:29, Sean Doherty 19:30PB.
On Thursday night, our elite squad was back in action at the latest junior Firmus Fab 5 event.
Eloise McAuley got a 10:19PB in the U11 60m. Leo McAuley completed the U13 75m Hurdles in 18:01. Emily completed the U15 3000m in 12:13:17. Emily Murphy also completed in the U15 75m Hurdles but no time is available.
Eloise McAuley also had a podium finish on Saturday, finishing second in the 500m at the N.I & Ulster Championship.
Aidy Hughes, our vest in the West, was at it again on Saturday, this time at the Washing Bay Green events. Aidy finished the 5k in 24:46.
This morning Ken McAuley headed south to Cork and completed their marathon in 3:46:18.
Our chief header was also back at it at the end of a busy week for the club. Lee O’Boyle completed the first Werunwild Norn Iron 100 event. This is an ultra race from Ballycastle across the Sperrins to Gortin. Not only did Lee complete it in 19hrs and 40 min, he only went and won it too. Congratulations Sir!
So this week’s tune is for all the parkrunners, at Antrim and elsewhere, and for those that helped organise and feed them. Harrier life!
Until next week, behave.