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.