Club Race Report – 17th July 2022

Wow, I’m really enjoying this really hot weather. Said no runner. Ever.
To be fair, I do usually meet new people when I go running in the heat. Usually paramedics.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Nuala Muldoon 25:48, Cathy Ryan 29:09, Sinead O’Hare 30:30, Emily Murphy 30:31, Bronagh Adjey 33:10, Ian Simpson 38:43, John Teer 39:25, Martin McCready 53:10
Waterworks parkrun:
Dawn Blain 24:24, ADav 24:26, Robbie (the young one) Gould 24:37, Rab (slightly less young) Gould 24:40, Elijah Cushley 26:12PB, Anton Piatek 26:16, Roisin Brooks 32:30, Susan Thompson 32:31
Portrush parkrun:
Nikki Fleck 33:52
Antrim parkrun:
Maeve Kennedy 24:11
Carrickfergus parkrun:
Matthew Hawkins 28:45PB, Ciaran Hawkins 28:51PB
Sixmilewater parkrun:
Eloise McAuley 25:12 and first female finisher, Micky McAuley 25:25
Crawfordsburn parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 30:05
As you can imagine, we have several tourists this week.
David Graham headed west to Sligo to finish 3rd at the impressively named Sligo parkrun in 18:56. Kelly Carlisle headed east to the Barclay parkrun and finished in 43:23.
Barclay parkrun is in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, somewhere sort of north of London. Lena Zavaroni and Gino D’Acampo both live (or lived) in Hoddesdon so that definitely makes it A list country for me.
But our winners this week are Jim and Janet Grew. They completed the Mura di Lucca parkrun in 25:32 and 29:55 respectively. Unsurprisingly, this parkrun is in northern Italy, just north of Pisa and west of Florence. Lucca is the birthplace of Giacomo Puccini. For the 99% of club members who have never heard of him (philistines), he wrote operas including La Boheme and Madam Butterfly. Both complete bangers in their time.
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Emily Murphy 8:10 and first finisher, Sinead O’Hare 9:00 and third finisher, Matthew Hawkins 11:51, Riley Kerr 11:52, Joseph Eager 11:52, Rhys Kerr 15:29
Other running started on Tuesday when our pocket rocket, Eloise McAuley, was 1st female at the U16 (being only 9 herself!) Rith An Chairn mountain race. Definitely a chip of the old cliff face.
Friday night saw some Harriers head for the beach as they took on the Newcastle Sea to Sky events:
Emily Murphy 24:03, Sinead O’Hare 26:57, Dermot Boyd 32:33, Mairead O’Hare 40:02
Mark Smith 39:08, Anton Piatek 48:42, Ciaran Wright 48:49, Nuala Muldoon 54:29
Then yesterday, 11 Harriers lost their heads in the heat and took on the Greyabbey 12 hour challenge. So how far could you run in 12 hours?
Neil Campbell 56.7 miles, Stephen Gallagher 53.1, Suzanne Brennan 49.6, Angela Stevens 46.0, Bernard McKeaveney 46.0, Stephen Armour 46.0, Joanne Milne 42.5, Sharon Dunn 42.5, Laura Campbell 35.4, Leeanne Skillen 35.4, Neill McGlinchey 31.9
Finally, thankfully, this morning Kevin Donnelly headed south to Co Louth to excellently named village of Termonfeckin. Partly, he was looking for village native, Evanna Lynch, who was the criminally underused Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films. But mostly he was there to run in their half marathon. It was well worth the effort as he finished third overall in a time of 1:23:59.
To be honest, I haven’t been away at all. I just couldn’t be bothered to write the reports. Minimal thanks to Work Experience Boy for his barely adequate cover.
But I do love him really, so this one is for him. The words say it better than I ever could. Boke.
Until next week, maybe, behave.