Club Race Report – 28th May 2023

Shock in Mallusk this week as the sun actually came out. I heard some Harriers complain about the heat. Behave.

Taking on the parkruns this week:

Valley parkrun:

Ben Davidson 20:34, Neil Campbell 22:42, Eloise McAuley 25:03, Gavin Boyle 26:58, Terri Ganley 30:34, ADav 39:33

Waterworks parkrun:

Jim Hewitt 24:34, Johnny Carey 27:44

Rostrevor parkrun:

Alan Stewart 26:30

ECOS Ballymena parkrun:

Owen Fulton 29:57

Antrim parkrun:

Paul Skillen 23:46, Maeve Kennedy 25:18, Elaine Kennedy 32:28

Castlewellan parkrun:

Joe Mathers 24:46, Joanne Milne 29:48, Sharon ROTM Dunn 29:55

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Noah Goodall 11:22, Jack Goodall 11:46, Coach Sinead O’Hare 15:59

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Eloise McAuley 8:10, Aaron Ladd 10:18PB, Matthew Gallagher 12:02, Caleb Ladd 13:16PB

In other racing, we had another great Harrier turnout, this time at the always popular County Antrim Harriers May Fair 5k and 10k Races. CAH brought the weather as usual but did not remove the 10k hills as requested!


Prof Alan Ladd 17:36, Stevie Smyth 17:40, Stephen Gallagher 19:54, Emily Murphy 21:32, Craig Goodall 21:40, Dawn Blain 21:47PB, Karen McKee 23:07, Coach Sinead O’Hare 24:19, Aidy Hughes 25:21, Suzanne Brennan 27:34, Roseann McGeown 32:00, Carrie Murphy 32:24, David Graham 33:28, Mairead O’Hare 43:28, Calla Crossan 43:28PB


Robbie Gould 39:17, Rab Gould 44:03, Stephen Murphy 46:28, Brendan McGeown 50:13, Alan Erwin 50:17, Angela Smyth 56:58, Monica Tutuianu 59:31, Marie McBrien 1:01:12, Roisin Brooks 1:02:46, Bronagh Adjey 1:05:48, Lisa Kerr 1:11:01

But the weekend racing didn’t end there. The action moved to Newry today for the Half Marathon:

Mark Smith 1:18:17, Marty O’Neill 1:19:44, Joe Mathers 1:40:33, Suzanne Brennan 1:44:51PB, Joanne Milne 2:05:19, Cathy Ryan 2:07:05

On the same day, our vest in the west took on yet another Tyrone 5k, this time the Newell 5k in Coalisland. Aidy Hughes, for it is he, finished in 25:30.

And Johnny Carey headed north to take on the Edinburgh Marathon completing it in a PB time of 3:38:52.

So, this week’s tune is for those Harriers who showed once again what our club is all about by stopping to help a clubmate, irrespective of what it meant for their own race.

And wishing you a speedy recovery Adam.

Until next week, behave.


Lee O’Boyle selected to represent Ireland.

Tomorrow Lee O’Boyle takes to the big stage, representing Ireland in the 26km Trail de Guerlédan in Brittany.

Lee’s selection to represent Ireland is a momentous occasion. His 6-year journey to this point has been incredible to say the least.

Lee’s post on social media sums up what it means to him.

“Without the vest of the left, the vest on the right would not exist for me.

I joined almost 6 years ago as an overweight smoker.

Mallusk Harriers provided me with support, friendships, family, direction, and dedication.

It is quite fitting that in the week where we have celebrated our 10-year club anniversary, I get to run and represent on an international level.

Anything is possible, dare to dream, right to the line 😁

Lees’ international selection is a testament to his talent, hard work, and his unwavering focus. Lee has always time to help others, pass on advice, participates in coaching and more importantly, stands proud to be a Mallusk Harrier.

As Lee takes on this challenge on the international stage, we are all honoured knowing that one of our own has achieved greatness.

Congratulations Lee on this achievement. We are immensely proud.


#WeAreMallusk 💙💛

Club Race Report – 21st May 2023

My head is still sore. My stomach has not settled and I need to sleep.

It’s amazing the effect one of Alex’s speeches can have on a person.

But despite his oratorical efforts, last night’s Harriers Gala was definitely an unqualified success.

Clare’s story, awards for the Skillens, fond memories of dringo, Alex’s dodgy raffle wins and his Spirit of Mallusk, Max’s red suit and a close shave from being called Terriers. Only the Harriers could cram all these, and more, into one huge night of craic. Add in some funky music and a lot of dodgy dancing and you have a night to remember. Until the next one at least.

One result from last week that came in too late for the report but definitely worth a mention was Micky McAuley’s completion of the UTMB Snowdonia Ultra. Only 21,500ft of elevation over 100km and 22 hours. Or a Sunday long run as Micky calls it. We salute you sir.

Taking on the parkruns this week:

Valley parkrun:

Eloise McAuley 23:28 and second female finisher, Micky McAuley 23:30, Coach Sinead O’Hare 25:51, Gavin Boyle 27:10, Neill McGlinchey 29:03, Owen Fulton 30:56, Martin McCready 34:44

Waterworks parkrun:

Suzanne Brennan 24:21, Jim Hewitt 24:31, Lord Ian Brennan 24:41, Robbie Gould 25:06, Maeve Kennedy 25:22, Neil McCready 25:55, Rab Gould 26:16, Dawn Blain 26:17, David Graham 26:19, Sophie Magee 26:32, Paul Skillen 27:12, Cathy Ryan 28:06, Karen McKee 28:39, Marie McBrien 28:41, Joanne Milne 30:35, Roisin Brooks 31:22

Victoria parkrun:

Mark Smith 16:55PB and first finisher, Stephen Murphy 21:06PB, Elijah Cushley 21:21, Carrie Murphy 29:51PB

Limavady parkrun:

Johnny Carey 22:10

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Stevo Armour 18:41PB and third finisher, Sharon ROTM Dunn 24:13PB, Lisa Kerr 34:53

Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun:

Lauren Penman 32:06, And Obviously Dermot Boyd 34:13

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Coach Sinead O’Hare 9:04, Lois Usher 9:33, Naomi Usher 10:59PB

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Jessie Smith 11:13, Lexi Smith 11:15PB, Alice McAuley 15:46, Leo JOTM McAuley 15:47

Larne was the popular destination on Tuesday night (there’s a sentence that has never been written before) for the Larne AC Inter Club race.

Whilst we had a huge turnout, and I was really looking forward to typing it all out, results are no longer available online (that I can see anyway) and so I can’t report any times.

The only other racing was another amazing ultra effort from Angela Stevens. Angela took part in the Baronscourt 12 Hour Challenge. Despite a restricted effort due to injury, Angela still covered 33 miles.

So, this week’s tune is the unofficial anthem of the Gala. It’s in honour of all the sponsors, the hosts, the band and everyone who attended.

But mostly it’s for all those who organised it so well. A hell of a lot of work went into that event on many levels. And for it to produce so much craic on the night is a real credit to all involved. And never have so many balloons had so many balloons. Committee, we salute you!

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 14th May 2023

The Harriers are an inquisitive bunch, always looking for something new to keep that spark in their running relationship. So this week they invented the parkrun ultra. A new event for people who think that running just over 3 miles on a Saturday with a hangover is just not enough.

Taking on the parkruns this week:

Valley parkrun:

Andrew McNevison 21:17, Eloise McAuley 26:23, Leo McAuley 27:07, Cathy Ryan 31:19, Martin McCready 35:34, John Teer 37:00, ADav 59:16

Waterworks parkrun:

Anthony McKinley 22:11, Jim Hewitt 24:34

Victoria parkrun:

Mark Smith 17:13

Portrush parkrun:

Kobe McClelland 27:05, Kayden McClelland 27:53

Antrim parkrun:

Stephen Semple 23:51, Maeve Kennedy 24:34, Elaine Kennedy 29:51, And Obviously Dermot Boyd 33:23

But the real action was at Ballyclare’s Sixmilewater parkrun, the location for the latest Harrier parkrun tourism event:

David Graham 19:20 and third finisher, Ben Davidson 19:24, Robbie Gould 19:29, Sean Doherty 19:44, Rab Gould 20:35PB, Stephen Murphy 21:18PB, Steven Smyth 21:53, Johnny Carey 22:02, Emily Murphy 22:45PB, Stevo Armour 22:54, Lord Ian Brennan 22:57, Joe Mathers 23:17, Coach Sinead O’Hare 24:00, Paul Skillen 24:25PB, Maeve Dunseath 24:48PB, Calum Murphy 25:34, Stephen Curran 25:35, Aidy Hughes 26:19, Bernie McAllister 27:10, Marie McBrien 27:23PB, Neill McGlinchey 28:25, Helen Agnew 28:54, Karen McKee 29:17, Terri Ganley 29:18, Roisin Brooks 29:33, Owen Fulton 29:34, Carrie Murphy 31:11PB, Joanne Milne 31:35, Lisa Kerr 34:29, Clare Gallagher 35:12, Louise Ladd 35:14, Hollie Brennan 40:10, Suzanne Brennan 40:18, Mairead O’Hare 43:54


congratulations to Joe on completing his 100th parkrun!

And the Murphys for a full house of PBs (Calum being a first timer)

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Coach Sinead O’Hare 8:48, Lois Usher 9:24PB, Naomi Usher 11:21, Noah Goodall 11:29, Jack Goodall 12:12

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Leo McAuley 7:48 and third finisher, Emily Murphy 7:54 and first female finisher, Lexi Smith 11:49PB, Alice McAuley 15:03, Eloise McAuley 15:04

Other racing began on Wednesday night with the latest visit to a Tafelta Night of Friendly 5000s.

Race 1:

Michael Whittley 23:29, Aidy Hughes 25:28

Race 4:

Marty O’Neill 17:40, Robbie Gould 18:20, Stevo Armour 18:48, Sean Doherty 18:52

And a result also in from our international desk. In what was probably not a homage to Eurovision, Lauren Penman completed the Gothenburg Half Marathon in 2:32:05. Grattis Lauren!

So, this week’s tune is for Davy, Stevo, Steven and anyone else who decided to reroute the Sixmilewater parkrun in the middle of the event. We salute your effort if not your navigation.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 7th May 2023

Not sure what happened but I clear off for 2 weeks and now the bailiffs are here trying to lift my Vidiprinter (good luck with that!). So, whilst I finish barricading the doors to Cavillator Towers, you can read the results.

Taking on the parkruns this week:

Valley parkrun:

David Graham 19:23 and 2nd finisher, Ben Davidson 22:25, Elijah Cushley 22:32, Nuala Muldoon 24:51 and first female finisher, Ramunas Stanevicius 25:30, Paul Skillen 26:32, Clare Teer 28:03, Marie McBrien 28:36, Helen Agnew 30:06PB, Terri Ganley 30:15PB, Roisin Brooks 31:15, John Teer 35:40, ADav 48:04

Waterworks parkrun:

Kevin Donnelly 19:03, Robbie Gould 19:18, Rab Gould 21:39, Anthony McKinley 23:19, Joe Mathers 24:59, Jim Hewitt 26:58, Lord Ian ROTM Brennan 27:15, Suzanne Brennan 31:37

ECOS parkrun:

Calum Murphy 27:13, Emily Murphy 28:45, Stephen Murphy 32:12

Wallace parkrun:

Elaine Kennedy 31:17

Omagh parkrun:

Stephen Semple 24:00, Maeve Kennedy 24:52

Carrickfergus parkrun:

Riley Kerr 33:09, Lisa Kerr 36:10

Limavady parkrun:

Johnny Carey 27:12

Orangefield parkrun:

Aaron Ladd 29:01, Louise Ladd 29:30

Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun:

And Obviously Dermot Boyd 32:53

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Coach Sinead O’Hare 8:52, Kobe McClelland 9:11PB, Kayden McClelland 9:30, Lois Usher 9:33PB, Naomi Usher 11:45

Lurgan junior parkrun:

Eloise McAuley 8:37

At least I didn’t miss much racing during my absence but it was back to business this week with some Friday night racing on the runways at Ards:

Junior 2k Race:

Lois Usher 9:05 and 3rd girl, Naomi Usher 10:55


David Graham 17:37, Craig Goodall 21:59, Coach Sinead O’Hare 23:21PB, Aidy Hughes 26:33, Clare Gallagher 35:08PB, Calla Crossan 44:00PB


Mark Smith 35:54, Adam McCann 37:10, Stevo Armour 39:19, Stephen Gallagher 41:04, Suzanne Brennan 47:48

So, this week’s tune is a randomer.

No hilarious or clever link to this week’s action (as usual says you…)

Still a classic though.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 1st May 2023

So myself and the Cavillator had a little break away and we’ve returned to find that we need to take on a 3rd job to cover the bills for a slight overspend in London expenses, lets just say it was less painful running the marathon.

What a busy week the Harriers have had, London is over but Belfast Marathon was just round the corner, but more about that later. As always here are the parkrun results.


Calum Murphy 27.25, Carrie Murphy 30.37, Stephen Murphy 30.38, Elaine Kennedy 38.04


Ramunas Stanevicius 21.47

Colin Glen

Elijah Cushley 23.20


Johnny Carey 26.30


Dermot Boyd 33.56


Aaron Ladd 28.17, Alan Ladd 28.18, Lisa Kerr 35.44


Stephen Semple 23.43, Maeve Kennedy 28.23


Adam McCann 18.25 for a second week running, 1st Finisher, Stevo Armour 20.34, Joe Mathers 22.47, Ben Davidson 24.19, Nuala Muldoon 24.33 and 3rd female finisher, Coach Sinead O’Hare 27.44, Cathy Ryan 28.21, Marie McBrien 28.29, Owen Fulton 30.24 and a 200th Parkrun, Sharon Dunn 30.25, Roisin Brooks 31.37, Joanne Milne 31.41, John Teer 35.01, Emma Toner 37.39.


Neil McCready 23.49, Jim Hewitt 25.15, Hollie ‘dressed as a bee’ Brennan 42.22, Suzi Brennan 42.23.

Jordanstown Junior Parkrun

Leo ‘Junior of the Month’ McAuley 7.56 and 2nd finisher, Eloise McAuley 8.20, Noah Goodall 12.50, Coach Sinead O’Hare 13.46, Alice McAuley 16.34.

Late results from the 2nd instalment of the Lagan Valley Fab 5 event.

60m Under 11 girls – Eloise McAuley 10.04

600m Under 11 Boys – Rory Mason 2:20.53 Andrew Scott 2:30.97

1500m Under 13 Boys – Leo McAuley 5:36.07

Long Jump Under 11 girls – Eloise McAuley 3.28

Turbo Javelin Under 11 boys – Andrew Scott 8.58

Congratulations to Eloise McAuley who was 3rd in the long jump. Well done, you are a superstar.

On Wednesday, the Harrierettes were out in force at the Springwell purple ladies 5k in Ballymoney. This is a popular event and I promise it has nothing to do with the post race feed. First over the line was Suzanne Brennan 23.11, Coach Sinead O’Hare 23.26, Pamela McCafferty 26.55, Maeve Mullan 27.00, Patrice McCann 28.21, Bronagh Adjey 29.03, Helen Agnew 30.02, Terri Ganley 30.31, Louise Ladd 31.47, Mairead O’Hare 37.52 and Clare Gallagher 37.52.

Congratulation to Sinead O’Hare who was first Junior across the line. Well done Sinead, showing our Senior ladies how to do it right.

The miles for Belfast were done however the prep for the Mallusk mile had just begun, some say Karen McKee was locked in the container all week sorting through flags and banners, with DJ Stevo belting out the banging tunes and the roars and cheers of the Harriers along mile 18 at the Oldpark, could be heard echoing through Belfast. The feedback from other runners has been fantastic, so well done to everyone involved we showed Belfast how to do a cheer squad right. In the words of Suzanne Brennan we brought the noise!!!!!

Now the moment you have all been waiting for the results from the Best of Belfast

Stephen Smyth 2.53.13

Marty O’Neill 2.55.05

David Graham 2.58.37

Kevin Donnelly 2.58.57

Neil Campbell 2.59.11

Kyle Lucas 3.15.59

Stephen Gallagher 3.21.17

Robbie Gould 3.21.01

Ben Davidson 3.23.48

Anton Piatek 3.43.53

Dawn Blain 4.04.19

Rab Gould 4.13.55

Alan Stewart 4.13.51

Bernard McKeaveney 4.57.09

Angela Stephens 4.58.55

We had two Relay teams taking part also,

Mallusk Machin (Not sure what happened to the E but sure) – Maeve Kennedy, Stephen Semple, Kelly Carlisle, Neill McGlinchey and Aidy Hughes with a time of 4.16.33

Fonda Running (See what they did there)- Cathy McLoughlin, Louise Ladd, Terri Ganley, Calla Crossan and Clare Gallagher finished in 5.22.02. Well done girls, hope you enjoyed the experience of the marathon and maybe we will have one of our C25K graduates running a marathon is the future.

Enjoy the week ahead, I know the weekly report is a day late so please do post your complaints via Royal Mail they’ll make sure it never reaches me.

This week’s tune is for the Best of Belfast, in the words of Van Morrison………

Work Experience Boy.