Club Race Report – 18th June 2023

Still sunny; still warm. Wee bit of rain. Blah blah blah. Move on. Too much running happening this week.

Taking on the parkruns this week:

Valley parkrun:

Ben Davidson 20:09 and first finisher, David Graham 22:30, Anton Piatek 25:10, Coach Sinead O’Hare 25:59, Paul Skillen 26:00, Stephen Curran 27:24PB, Neill McGlinchey 28:59, Joanne Milne 35:00, Sharon Dunn 35:00, Karen McKee 35:00, Martin McCready 35:12, Marie McBrien 37:13

And a special well done to Ben for overcoming genetics to claim his first ever first place finish at the Valley.

Waterworks parkrun:

Lord Ian Brennan 25:17, Maeve Kennedy 25:39, Lois Usher 27:56, Suzanne Brennan 31:25

Victoria parkrun:

Kobe McClelland 23:06PB

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Robbie Gould 21:29, Rory Mason 28:19, Lisa Kerr 33:17PB

And we even had a tourist this week as Owen Fulton headed east to Sale Water parkrun. Owen completed the course in 29:45. Sale Water Park has an artificial lake. Big O is the real deal though.

And don’t forget that next week is graduation day for our C25k heroes. So let’s get as many Harriers on the Valley parkrun course as possible. We all know we need a bit of a push to get up that hill. Twice.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Layla Robinson 8:17 and second finisher, Coach Sinead O’Hare 9:15, Noah Goodall 11:17, Naomi Usher 11:25, Jack Goodall 12:05

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Leo McAuley 10:10, Alice McAuley 14:07, Eloise McAuley 14:08

Portrush Junior parkrun:

Rory Mason 11:46

So the busy week started on Wednesday with the latest Tafelta Night of Friendly 5000s.

Stevo Armour 18:32, Joe Mathers 20:48, Suzanne Brennan 23:58

Great results on a warm night!

Then on Friday evening we had great representation at the popular Comber 10k:

Mark Smith 35:09, Prof Alan Ladd 35:27PB, David Graham 36:38, Martin O’Neill 36:47, Stevie Smyth 37:19, Stephen Gallagher 40:19, Craig Goodall 49:07, Suzanne Brennan 50:25, Aidy Hughes 53:22

And this morning we had a full squad of what now seems to be called Harrierettes (for legal and personal safety reasons, please note I did not come up with this) at the first Almac Women’s 10k:

Dawn Blain 45:45PB, Karen McKee 49:03, Sharon Dunn 53:04, Suzanne Brennan 54:49, Angela Smyth 55:01, Hannah McKee 57:05, Louise Ladd 58:11, Patrice McCann 58:11, Joanne Milne 58:41, Lauren McMillan 59:19, Marie McBrien 59:22, Helen Agnew 1:01:14, Carrie Murphy 1:06:47, Bronagh Adjey 1:14:57, Clare Gallagher 1:38:00, Calla Crossan 1:38:00

So, this week’s tune is totally ignoring those Harrierettes and is, instead, celebrating Father’s Day.

Possibly not the most positive lyrics on the subject but it has Papa in the title and is a crackin’ tune so I’ll take it.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 11th June 2023

They say heat makes things expand, which may explain my waistline at the minute. But you’ve got to love Summer in Mallusk. At least the rain is warmer.

Taking on the parkruns this week:

Valley parkrun:

Marie McBrien 30:22, Joanne Milne 32:56, Martin McCready 35:41, John Teer 37:50, ADav 49:57

Waterworks parkrun:

Neil McCready 25:30

Victoria parkrun:

Kobe McClelland 26:01, Kayden McClelland 27:36

Antrim parkrun:

Maeve Kennedy 25:54, Elaine Kennedy 32:53

Stormont parkrun:

Lois Usher 26:42

Garvagh Forest parkrun:

Johnny Carey 22:54PB

But the big event in parkrun this weekend was the latest Harriers tourism event, this time at Falls parkrun. Like we don’t have enough hills in our own parkrun…

But some great results with two Harriers in the first three finishers and the first female finisher also being a Harrier:

Ben Davidson 19:43, Sean Doherty 20:43, Rab Gould 21:58, Dawn Blain 22:41, Joe Mathers 24:06, Lord Ian Brennan 24:37, Anthony McKinley 25:20, Paul Skillen 25:57, Karen McKee 26:40, Robbie Gould 26:40, Stephen Curran 27:16, Aaron Ladd 28:38, Suzanne Brennan 28:49, Louise Ladd 29:34, Neill McGlinchey 29:38, Matthew Gallagher 30:06, Stephen Gallagher 30:09, Terri Ganley 30:25, Hollie Brennan 40:55, Clare Gallagher 44:14

19 of the 20 runners were first timers at this parkrun so it just shows the benefit or organising these days away.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Layla Robinson 8:20 and first finisher, Coach Sinead O’Hare 9:21, Rory Mason 9:40, Noah Goodall 11:07, Jack Goodall 11:34

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Kayden McClelland 8:47, Kobe McClelland 8:52PB, Alice McAuley 14:17, Leo JOTM McAuley 14:18, Eloise McAuley 14:18, Hollie Brennan 15:16


congratulations to Hollie on completing her 50th junior parkrun!

Victoria Junior parkrun:

Nathaniel Cooke 8:58

In other racing this week, our vest in the west was at it again, this time at Washing Green Bay. Aidy Hughes took on the 10k distance this time round in a time of 58:09. That vest must have been photographed more often than the Eiffel Tower by this stage.

But the vest has competition! This morning David Graham slapped on the suncream, downed half a dozen gels and took on the catchily titled Strabane Lifford Half Marathon (or the SLHM to absolutely no-one). Davy finished in the top 20 in a field of over 800 runners in a highly respectable 1:22:50.

Lifford is home to Donegal’s only greyhound track. It is possible Davy has entered a few races there.

I looked for something nice to say about Strabane. Then I found out Hugo Duncan is from Strabane. So I stopped.

So, this week’s tune is for everyone who has to get back in their car after a training session. Seats hotter than the sun and seatbelt shaped burns all around.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 4th June 2023

But it’s comin, by gum. We can feel it come. You can feel it in your heart. You can see it in the ground. You can see it in the trees. You can smell it in the breeze. Look around! Look around! Look around! June is bustin’ out all over.


A late result off the Vidiprinter as I can finally confirm Lee O’Boyle’s official time in his international appearance in France last week at the Trail de Guerledan. Lee completed the 26k course in 2:29:34 finishing 45th out of a field of 711 runners.

Taking on the parkruns this week:

Valley parkrun:

Stevo Armour 19:20PB and second finisher, Ben Davidson 20:10, Sean Doherty 21:21, Elijah Cushley 22:28, Paul Skillen 25:41, Clare Teer 28:23, Layla Robinson 29:36PB, Joanne Milne 29:50, Owen Fulton 30:21, Terri Ganley 30:23, Helen Agnew 30:51, Neill McGlinchey 30:52, Galina Stanevicius 35:29, John Teer 37:22, Calla Crossan 47:12PB

Waterworks parkrun:

Rab Gould 21:02, Robbie Gould 21:12, Joe Mathers 23:15, Suzanne Brennan 24:57, Lord Ian Brennan 24:57, Neil McCready 25:05, Hollie Brennan 45:35

Victoria parkrun:

Anthony McKinley 23:16, Elaine Kennedy 31:47

Falls parkrun:

Stephen Semple 24:23, Maeve Kennedy 26:18PB

Ormeau parkrun:

Martin McCready 35:57

Antrim parkrun:

Calum Murphy 26:58PB, Stephen Murphy 26:59, Carrie Murphy 31:05

Limavady parkrun:

Johnny Carey 23:40

And we had an early Summer tourist this week as Lauren Penman headed south to take on the Tramore Valley parkrun in Cork. Lauren finished in 31:04.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Layla Robinson 8:32 and first finisher, Coach Sinead O’Hare 8:58, Lois Usher 9:10PB, Jack Goodall 11:31, Noah Goodall 11:43, Naomi Usher 12:47

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Aaron Ladd 10:17PB, Caleb Ladd 13:53, Hollie Brennan 16:02

Victoria Junior parkrun:

Rory Mason 9:58

On Friday night, Mark Smith took part in the Annadale Striders Evening of 3000ms.

Not surprisingly, this race was over 3,000m. Mark finished 4th in his race in a time of 10:04.

In other racing, Mairead O’Hare did the We Run Wild Causeway Coast Half Marathon yesterday. Both Mairead and the organisers are keeping her official time as a closely guarded secret but industry rumours have her time as approx. 3:35.

Finally, mountain goat Micky was back at it again as Micky McAuley finished the East Coast AC Cairncastle Classic fell race in 1:31:00.

So, this week’s tune is to celebrate the start of the Mallusk Summer (which will probably have ended by the time you read this to be fair). I am obliged both legally and morally to use this song. Pop perfection in just 1:37. And that’s quicker than Davy Graham downing 4 gels or Michael Whittley booking his Monday night S&C spot!

Until next week, behave.