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.