Club Race Report – 15th January 2023

A new year miracle today as the sun actually shone on the Mallusk Harrier XC event, a bit. But at least the rain stayed away. And the wind. And the snow. Result! Mud was still there though. And those hills. And the mud. Did I mention the mud?

First of all, a late result off the Vidiprinter as Coach Sinead O’Hare’s Born2Run Loughall time is finally available. Sinead completed the 5k in 27:27.

Taking on the parkruns this week:

Valley parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 24:23, ADav 26:31, Stephen Curran 28:35PB, Neill McGlinchey 28:52, Owen Fulton 30:52, Nuala Muldoon 36:38

Waterworks parkrun:

David Graham 19:13, Robbie ROTM Gould 22:44, Sean Doherty 25:16, Kevin Donnelly 25:17, Joe Mathers 26:30, Cathy Ryan 27:28, Jim Hewitt 29:28, Susan Thompson 30:20, Sharon Dunn 31:21, Joanne Milne 33:45, Terri Ganley 34:20, Clare Gallagher 40:47, Louise Ladd 40:48

Wallace parkrun:

Anton Piatek 26:40, Elaine Kennedy 29:34

Limavady parkrun:

Johnny Carey 26:01

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 16:28PB and first finisher, Stephen Murphy 22:26, Stephen Semple 23:56PB, Joseph Eager 24:18PB

And we even had a Winter tourist as Lauren Penman completed the Edinburgh parkrun in 32:00. Only the 626 runners in this one!

Jordanstown Junior parkrun:

Joseph Eager 9:48, Matthew Hawkins 12:13, Riley Kerr 12:21, Andrea Bradley 15:04, Rhys Kerr 15:48

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Aaron Ladd 11:04PB, Caleb Ladd 14:05PB

A quieter week (until today!) for other racing.

David Esler, Head of International Operations, completed the Trinidad & Tobago Shine 10k in 1:09:09. I’ll have to double check but I think this is a club record for this event. Well done David!

You are now officially in charge of organising our first Harrier warm weather training camp.

Slightly closer to home, Coach Sinead O’Hare continued her Run Forest Run campaign, completing the Tollymore 5k in 27:38. And Obviously Dermot Boyd completed the 10k event in 1:11:11.

But the big event of the week was the Mallusk Harriers XC League event on home soil. Full results will be available via the event’s own Facebook page but the Harrier times were as follows:

Primary Boys 800m:

Kayden McClelland 2:50, Andrew Scott 2:57, Kobe McClelland 2:58

Primary Girls 800m:

Eloise McAuley 2:39, Alice the legend McAuley (turns out that is her real name) 5:17

U13 Boys 2k:

Leo McAuley 8:02

U13 Girls 2k:

Emily Murphy 9:18, Coach Sinead O’Hare 11:06

U15 Girls 4k:

Mali Skillen 22:06

Ladies Race 6k:

Dawn Blain 29:57, Sharon Dunn 33:59

Men’s Race 8k:

Lee O’Boyle 29:17, Prof Alan Ladd 31:16, Michael Crossan 32:09, David Graham 32:28, Andrew McNevison 32:31, Kevin Donnelly 33:15, Patrick Shields 33:32, Robbie ROTM Gould 33:39, Sean Doherty 33:40, Stevo Armour 34:18, Stephen Gallagher 34:41, Johnny Carey 38:41, Brendan McGeown 40:42, Alan Kerr 40:46

Fair play to all who took part, Harrier or not. The event continues to grow and has become a real credit to the club.

Huge congratulations to Paul and Leanne and all those who were involved in the organising before and during. It’s not easy making it look that easy!

And many thanks to all those who volunteered on the day. Even big Marty who went on his hoop.

But the other big news of the week is the answer to last week’s quiz question. Well, the answer was Alan Erwin. So well done to everyone who got that one.

An even harder question this week in the Alan Erwin quiz:

Which Harrier has named all their toes?

Send your answers to

Answer next week.

So, this week’s tune is for everyone who ran the XC today. We feel your pain.

Until next week, behave.