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.