Club Race Report – 16th January 2022

Only really one event to dominate this week’s report. No, not the “work event” the committee members had that time. Yes, it’s all about the sun dappled fields of Mallusk this week. But more of that later.


Taking on the parkruns this week were:


Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 22:10, Karen McKee 26:05, ADav 26:07, David Esler 26:24, Paul Skillen 26:25, Neill McGlinchey 32:41, John Teer 38:33


Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 20:57, Lord Ian Brennan 24:31, Anton Piatek 27:08, Claire McCann 32:14


Victoria parkrun:
Martin O’Neill 18:15PB, Neil McCready 21:07, Dermot Boyd 31:40


Antrim parkrun:
Stephen Armour 20:29PB, Elijah Cushley 22:10PB, Sarah Ross 23:52, Sharon Dunn 25:36PB, Elaine Kennedy 29:32


Sixmilewater parkrun:
Bernie McAllister 27:18PB


Hillsborough Forest parkrun:
Martin McCready 36:02


Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:54, Matthew Halliday 11:15, Ben Halliday 11:48

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Jessie Smith 14:17


So down to business and to our own wee event. This “wee” event has grown to be one of the top events on the XC calendar and is definitely now one of the first bookings of the year in many runners’ diaries. Things have obviously been far from normal in recent years and so we had no idea of the level of interest we would get this year. Turns out we had record attendances.

Whilst it was great to see the usual high calibre of athletes in the main senior races, it was just as satisfying to see over 90 primary school kids throw themselves at that first hill in the first junior race of the day.


Whilst the majority of Harriers were taking on organising and stewarding duties, several still doubled up and got the spikes on as well as the thermals:
Primary School 800m race
Boys
Joe Eager 1:57
Jack O’Neill 2:02


Girls
Eloise McAuley 1:59 (and 4th place)
Erin McNevison 2:23
Hollie Brennan 3:05

U12 2km race
Boys
Leo Mc Auley 8:12
Jack O’Neill 8:48
Girls
Sinead O’Hare 10:00

U14 3km race
Girls
Emily Murphy 14:42
Leah McNevison 15:57

Mathieson Shield 6km Ladies and Vets Race
Suzanne Brennan 30:26, Sarah Ross 31:45, Sarah O’Kane 33:02, Pamela McCafferty 33:03

Mathieson Cup 8km Men’s Race
Lee O’Boyle 29:26, Kevin Donnelly 33:34, Micky McAuley 34:29, Alan Erwin 35:01, Stephen Armour 35:34, Stephen Gallagher 35:48, Johnny Carey 40:15, Aidy Hughes 47:11

So, here’s a tune for Paul, Leeanne and all the organisers and volunteers for making today such a big success. And for all the visitors who entered our wee event and took part today.
https://youtu.be/ZUjW82je_38
Until next week, behave.
CAVILLATOR

Club Race Report – 9th January 2021

Well, don’t know about you but I made the decision to break all my new year resolutions early just so I could get on with enjoying the rest of the year. Much easier.


Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Stephen Gallagher 22:20, Elijah Cushley 22:27PB, ADav 22:30, Ben Davidson 22:30, Stephen Armour 22:36, Alan Erwin 25:04, Sarah Ross 25:52, David Esler 27:53, Anita Piatek 29:43, Neill McGlinchey 30:45, Marie McBrien 32:50, Roisin Brooks 33:37, Joanne Milne 34:39, Sharon Dunn 34:40


Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 19:09, Neil McCready 21:36, Lord Ian Brennan 25:09


Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 53:50


Castlewellan parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 20:52 and 3rd finisher


Limavady parkrun:
Johnny Carey 22:58


Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 9:02, Emily Murphy 9:09, Sinead O’Hare 10:46, Matthew Hawkins 11:10, Ben Halliday 12:49
In other racing, Dermot Boyd continued to compete in the Born2Run Forest series. He completed the Gosford 10k in 1:09:48.


Alan Kerr continued his participation in a different series, the Sperrin Harriers Trail Series. Alan finished An Creggan 5 mile in 45:11


So, I hope you all enjoyed the snow this week. Whoever said there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing, wasn’t from Mallusk. The only place where you can get sunburn and frostbite on the same run.
https://youtu.be/RlNhD0oS5pk
Until next week, behave.
CAVILLATOR

Club Run Report – 2nd January 2022

I had a mince pie for breakfast one day this week. That’s when I knew it had to be new year, new start. My resolution this time last year was to lose 10 pounds. Only 15 left to go.


Taking on the New Year’s Day parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
ADav 23:17, Kevin Donnelly 23:33, Ramunas Stanevicius 24:02, Eloise McAuley 24:11PB (and first female finisher), Leo McAuley 24:15PB, Prof Alan Ladd 26:26, Michael McAuley 26:26, Sarah Ross 26:36 (and welcome home!), Sinead O’Hare 30:08PB, Ciaran Hawkins 31:01, Fidelma McCoppin 32:10, Nikki Fleck 32:33, Joanne Milne 32:55
Well done to all the juniors hitting PBs today and showing up the oldies.


Victoria parkrun:
Emily Murphy 26:18PB


Portrush parkrun:
Alan Kerr 26:43


Citypark parkrun, Craigavon:
Stephen Semple 23:55, Maeve Kennedy 24:17


Antrim parkrun:
Ciaran Wright 23:23PB, Lord Ian Brennan 25:11, Elaine Kennedy 31:50, Dermot Boyd 50:11


Comber parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 24:05


Stormont parkrun:
David Esler 26:27PB

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Kayden McClelland 9:33, Kobe McClelland 9:51


The Xmas cobwebs were blown off by several Harriers who took part in the highly popular Christmas Cracker pairs run in Castlewellan:
Lee O’Boyle & Micky McAuley 1:07:43, Andrew McNevison & Phil Greenwood (Lisburn Triathlon Club) 1:10:54, Karen McKee & Stephen Gallagher 1:38:27, Bernard McKeaveney & Matthew Cavill 1:39:58, Frances Murray & Neil McCready 1:42:40, Lord Ian Brennan and Paul Skillen 1:46:04, Suzanne Brennan and Kate Montgomery (Lagan Valley AC) 1:49:44, Anita Piatek and Anton Piatek 1:50:48


Kevin Donnelly was at the Lough 5 mile race finishing in 29:40.


EAMS held a back to back event with 10ks, Half Marathons and Full Marathons on 2 consecutive days:
10k:
Dermot Boyd 1:07:57 on 30th
Matthew Cavill 1:01:23 on 31st
Half Marathon:
Bernard McKeaveney 2:02:25 and 2:02:41
Elaine Kennedy 2:21:35 and 2:22:32
Angela Stevens 2:19:42 on 31st


Yesterday saw the traditional curtain raiser to the new year, the Race Over the Glens.
Several Harriers took on the hills:

Lee O’Boyle 39:36 (1st place MV35-39 category and 7th place overall), Stephen Gallagher 51:09, Micky McAuley 51:54, Joe Mathers 52:06, Alan Erwin 53:20


Remember, new year’s resolutions are not legally binding. They are more like casual promises.
And the new year doesn’t really start until Tuesday anyway so time for one more mince pie.
So, this week’s tune is not the ABBA one. Thankfully.


You’re welcome.
https://youtu.be/HPRRPc2H47I
Until next week, behave.
CAVILLATOR

Club Run Report – 28th December 2021

The parkrun Gods have smiled on me this year and made Xmas Day a Saturday. No double results! And still the report is late. To be honest, I am still trying to work out whether to stop living solely off chocolate and cheese or if I should just use these After Eights as crackers to finish off the brie.


Taking on the Xmas day parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 19:32, Micky McAuley 20:14PB, ADav 22:07, Alan Erwin 24:01, Eloise McAuley 24:23PB, Elijah Cushley 24:39, David Esler 27:03, Emily Murphy 27:59, Anton Piatek 30:21, Leo McAuley 1:00:31


And welcome Kevin to your first Valley parkrun!


Wallace parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 31:05


Stormont parkrun:
Stephen Semple 24:27, Lord Ian Brennan 26:51


Derry City parkrun:
Johnny Carey 24:32
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:51 and first finisher, Matthew Hawkins 11:17 and second finisher


In other racing, Aidy Hughes continued his 2021 5k tour of darkest Tyrone, this time completing the Brocagh Bay Boxing Day 5k in 26:20.

On the same day, Bernard McKeaveney forgot about the Turkey Run and so entered the Titanic Festival 10k, finishing in 52:13.


This week’s tune is dedicated to Jim Howe of St Louis Missouri. He may not be a Harrier but he invented Tums, the first indigestion tablet. For that, I will be forever grateful. Sir, we salute you. With more wine and more cheese. And more tablets.


Until next week, behave.
CAVILLATOR

Club Run Report – 19th December 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That time where I can eat and drink absolutely everything, safe in the knowledge that I can justify it with “I’ll get back to training in January. Sure it’s only a week or two away”. I may need rolled onto the 3G pitches on a Tuesday but I’ll be back!


Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Roisin Brooks 31:28, Marie McBrien 38:26


ECOS Ballymena parkrun:
Neil McCready 23:13


Queen’s parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 29:04


Carrickfergus parkrun:
Matthew Hawkins 29:36, Ciaran Hawkins 29:37


Comber parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 22:49PB


Sixmilewater parkrun:
Tom Fleming 17:58 and 1st finisher, Ciaran Wright 22:18, Maeve Dunseath 25:48


Queen’s parkrun, Glasgow:
Sarah Ross 27:27

Crawfordsburn Country parkrun:
Stephen Semple 24:56, Maeve Kennedy 25:26


But most Harriers were on a day out, taking their best PB efforts across town to Victoria. Glory hunters the lot of them!
Ramunas Stanevicius 19:14PB, Andrew McNevison 19:18, Alan Erwin 19:19, Stephen Armour 19:32PB, Johnny Carey 21:34, Lord Ian Brennan 23:03, Cathy Ryan 25:00, Alan Kerr 25:11, Gemma Fowler 26:25, Clare Teer 26:26PB, Sinead O’Hare 27:50, ADav 27:51, John Teer 36:40

7 first timers on the course so not sure if any of these are 5k PBs. And one PB missed by one second. Unlucky son!
Jordanstown junior parkrun:


Tom Fleming ROTM 6:49PB and 1st finisher (another weekend double, Emily Murphy 8:48PB and 1st female finisher, Kobe McClelland 9:42, Matthew Hawkins 10:20
The only other racing this week was the latest Born2Run Run Forest Run event. This one was the 10k at Tollymore:
Matthew Cavill 55:00, Dermot Boyd 1:09:46


So, I let me wish a safe and Happy Christmas to all the Harriers. Have a good one.
Then get ready to hurt in the new year.

https://youtu.be/YGnBiaGRa1I?list=RDYGnBiaGRa1I
Until next week, behave.
CAVILLATOR

Club Run Report – 13th December 2021

Apologies for the late report but I took the whole weekend to make sure that Cavillator Towers is lit up like a Heathrow runway. Those reindeers aren’t going to light themselves you know. Worked so hard that I gave myself tinselitus. Sorry.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:


Valley parkrun:
Ben Davidson 21:45 and 3rd finisher, Johnny Carey 23:24PB, Ramunas Stanevicius 24:06, Stephen Semple 24:39, Paul Skillen 24:41, Maeve Kennedy 24:49, David Esler 27:15, Alan Erwin 27:16, Clare Teer 38:47, John Teer 38:48, Gemma Fowler 38:48, Marie McBrien 41:30


And a big congratulations to Clare Teer on achieving her 100th parkrun!
Victoria parkrun:


Stephen Armour 2036, Sharon Dunn 25:42


Queen’s parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 31:15


Falls parkrun:
Lord Ian Brennan 24:37

Wallace parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 32:25


Ormeau parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 20:29

Comber parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 23:19


Sixmilewater parkrun:
Tom Fleming 17:39PB and 2nd finisher
And ADav was back at the Valley again, finishing in 22:33.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:27, Matthew Hawkins 10:52


The only other racing this week was back on the mud. This time it was the Acorns AC XC event at MUSA, Cookstown. Belfast’s fittest family, the McAuleys, had a nice wee day out.
U10s
Eloise McAuley 1:29 (2nd place overall and 1st female finisher)
U12s
Leo McAuley 3:13, Sinead O’Hare 4:03
Men’s Race
Micky McAuley 30:55
Sperrin Harriers Winter League trail series. Lough Fea
Alan Kerr 25.38


So, this week’s tune is to settle one Xmas argument before it even starts. Yes, Diehard is a Xmas movie (his wife is even called Holly for Santa’s sake). Yes, it is the best Xmas movie. End. Of.
https://youtu.be/OR07r0ZMFb8
Until next week, behave.
CAVILLATOR

Club Run Report – 5th December 2021

“Regrets, I’ve had a few” sang Frank when he did it his way and I’m sure that, this morning, many of the Harriers who attended the Xmas dinner last night may have agreed. But a great night was still had by all, despite the nonsense being talked and the odd sore head today. Sure, we even had an appearance from Santa! Can’t believe Ian missed him.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:


Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 23:12, Elijah Cushley 25:23, Eloise McAuley 25:49, Paul Skillen 25:54, Clare Teer 28:17, Emily Murphy 28:47, Sharon Dunn 29:46, Dermot Boyd 33:50, John Teer 39:38, Marie McBrien 45:07


Waterworks parkrun:
Joe Mathers 23:45, David Esler 25:02PB, Maeve Kennedy 25:15 and first female finisher, Lord Ian Brennan 25:25, Claire McCann 30:04


Queens parkrun Belfast version:
Elaine Kennedy 29:35


Queens parkrun, Glasgow version:
Sarah Ross 26:47


Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Emily Murphy 9:10, 3rd finisher and 1st female finisher, Kayden McClelland 9:55, Kobe McClelland 10:13, Matthew Hawkins 11:12


Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 9:04 and 2nd finisher, Eloise McAuley 9:16 and 3rd finisher
And ADav was back at the Valley finishing in 22:29

The last major road race of the year took place this weekend and several Harriers took the opportunity for one more potential PB at the Podium for Sport Seeley Cup 10k:
Kevin Donnelly 36:49PB, Alan Erwin 38:56PB, Johnny Carey 46:41, Roisin Brooks 59:15
Rumours that Benny McGeown was a no show as he was making any early start on his outfit for the Xmas dinner are still to be confirmed. From the look of him last night it is unlikely.


Our own XC master, Tom Fleming, was representing the club again this week, this time at the National XC Uneven Ages competition. Tom finished 35th in the Boys U15 race in 11:54


So this week’s tune is an 80s classic, like many of our members!
https://youtu.be/r3kQlzOi27M
Until next week, behave.

CAVILLATOR

Club Run Report – 28th November 2021

This week it wasn’t just me suffering from wind as several parkruns also felt the effects. But that didn’t stop our XC teams or road racers as you will see below. It’ll take more than Arwen to blow them off course. Thank you, I’ll be here all week…..


Firstly, a late result off the Vidiprinter – last week’s XC Comber Cup at Billy Neill Playing Fields.
Kevin Donnelly 35:50, Michael McAuley 36:13, Ramunas Stanevicius 36:27, Stephen Gallagher 37:48, Sean Doherty 40:15, Johnny Carey 43:40


Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Tom Fleming 19:02 and 2nd finisher, Ramunas Stanevicius 23:06, Johnny Carey 23:31PB, Elijah Cushley 26:25, Clare Teer 27:46, Emily Murphy 29:11, Cathy Ryan 32:47, John Teer 40:14


Waterworks parkrun:
Joe Mathers 22:03, Kevin Donnelly 23:57, Stephen Semple 24:18, Maeve Kennedy 25:27, Claire McCann 30:54
And we had tourists again this week. 4 Harriers headed east to the music capital of England (not up for debate),

Manchester. Taking part in the Peel parkrun were Stephen Armour 21:53, ADav 22:16, Sharon Dunn 30:34, Joanne Milne 30:35. Many of you will be familiar with Peel Park from the works of LS Lowry, obviously. But you may be more surprised to learn that the park was not named after famed DJ John Peel. Although it bloody should be.


Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:58 and 3rd finisher, Matthew Hawkins 13:39

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Eloise McAuley 8:52 and 2nd finisher, Leo McAuley 10:05, Jessie Smith 12:59


There was yet another outing for the mudsuckers this weekend as several Harriers, both junior and senior, competed in the Malcolm Cup at Queens Dub playing fields.
U13 Girls:
Emily Murphy 7:14, Sinead O’Hare 8:28
Men’s Masters:
Alan Kerr 24:37
Women’s Race:
Sarah O’Kane 24:46, Pamela McCafferty 25:08, Gemma Fowler 33:23, Hannah Hope 33:23
Men’s Race:
Kevin Donnelly 26:17, Micky McAuley 27:29, Stephen Gallagher 28:51, Alan Erwin 28:57


But there was other racing this week too. Elaine Kennedy and Matthew Carvill took part in the Born2Run Loughgall 10k, Mathew finishing in 50:35 and Elaine in 59:25. And Dermot Boyd finished the Joe Duffy Clontarf 5 mile road race in 49:33.

I tried to think of a decent song about wind but I’ve done both of them before. So this week’s tune is for the famous four who headed to Manchester and are now declared the Harriers own version of ABBA. Enjoy.
https://youtu.be/XEjLoHdbVeE
Until next week, behave.
CAVILLATOR

Club Run Report – 21st November 2021

Well, have you spent your £100 voucher yet? Have you spent it on gifts for the runner in your life? Or someone else’s life? How could you let another Xmas go by without a hilarious quote on a mug? Or a hat with a built-in lamp? Or Suzie Brennan socks? Just remember folks, buy local!


Taking on the parkruns this week were:


Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 24:01, Emily Murphy 26:22PB, Paul Skillen 26:23, Joe Mathers 27:26, Lord Ian Brennan 27:26, Clare Teer 28:06, Neill McGlinchey 29:33, Joanne Milne 30:22, Sharon Dunn 30:22, Roisin Brooks 30:38, John Teer 39:20, Marie McBrien 44:55


And well done Joanne on completing your 100th parkrun. Despite your Friday night training regime!


Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 18:51, Stephen Semple 24:32, Maeve Kennedy 24:59, Ciaran Wright 25:49, Sinead O’Hare 27:18, Claire McCann 28:59, Neil McCready 29:42, Mairead O’Hare 41:27 (welcome back Mairead!)


Wallace parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 32:08

Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 29:27


Comber parkrun:
David Esler 24:28

Hillsborough Forest parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 23:11

And we finally had a tourist again this week. Obi Wan McCready was at Deerpark Forest parkrun, finishing in 37:20. The results stated this parkrun was in Virginia so I had visions of Marty running up the Blue Ridge mountains or crossing Chesapeake Bay. But no, he wasn’t in the home of the Algonquian and Laurel and Hardy, he was in County Cavan. So fairly similar then, just not as far away.
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:22 and 2nd finisher, Emily Murphy 9:02 and 1st female finisher, Sinead O’Hare 10:17

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:42 and 1st finisher, Eloise McAuley 8:45 and 2nd finisher, Kayden McClelland 9:09PB, Kobe McClelland 9:38PB, Hollie Brennan 14:55

And great to see some family battles at the front end of this parkrun.
And ADav was at the Valley finishing in 22:30

There was another outing for the mudsuckers this weekend as several Harriers competed, mainly for survival, in the Comber Cup at Billy Neill Paying Fields.

Unfortunately, results are not available until tomorrow so I’ll have to update next week.
And as usual, Tom Fleming was representing the club at national level, this time at the National Cross Country Championships in Santry. Tom finished in a more than respectful 36th place in the U16 4k race in 14:12.
So, this week’s tune is definitely not related to any recent footballing stories. (Come on, it’s been a quiet week on the running front!). And it’s a chance to play an absolute belter. Pity Utd can’t do the same.


https://youtu.be/SnkjvECEQr4
Until next week, behave.
CAVILLATOR

Club Run Report – 14th November 2021

Last week it was ghosts in Balyboley, this week the only wailing came from the Sunday trail runners themselves as they spotted another hill on Paul’s scenic route round Glenariff.


Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 20:50, Ben Davidson 21:27, Paul Skillen 24:36, Tom Fleming 24:37, Owen Fulton 31:27, Galina Stanevicius 33:56,


Waterworks parkrun:
Stephen Semple 23:50, Lord Ian Brennan 23:52, Maeve Kennedy 24:46, Claire McCann 29:34


Victoria parkrun
Kayden McClelland 29:35, Kobe McClelland 31:07


Well done guys on your first parkruns!
Portrush parkrun:
Anton Piatek 46:39, Anita ROTM Piatek 46:45


Wallace parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 22:46PB


Antrim parkrun:
David Esler 25:33

Queen’s Glasgow parkrun:
Sarah Ross 24:40


Hillsborough Forest parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 32:36PB

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:39 and 2nd finisher, Sinead O’Hare 9:59PB, Matthew Hawkins 12:59


Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:35, Eloise McAuley 8:36, Jessie Smith 12:48, Hollie Brennan 14:40

And ADav was at the Valley finishing in 21:41


Yesterday was the 26Extreme event at Tollymore with several Harriers competing in the Half Marathon:
Kevin Donnelly 1:30:54, Joe Mathers 1:58:34, Elaine Kennedy 2:24:48, Alan Kerr 2:24:50, Leeanne Skillen 2:56:54, Neill McGlinchey 2:58:04


Many of these times are unofficial (i.e. taken off Strava) as not everyone is appearing in the official results.
Neil Campbell competed in the Ultra event but no time is currently available.


I hope I got everyone who was there. Please post results in Team App to ensure you are included in the report.
Not exactly a race result but a big congratulations to Lee O’Boyle on being the NIURA Northern Ireland Ultra Running Association 2021 NI and U 100k men’s champion.

So, this week’s tune is for the Harriers who braved the elevation to admire the scenery of Glenariff Forest Park. Some may have had wine in their camelbacks; others may have been hitting the donuts but they all came back in (mostly) one piece. So they win.


https://youtu.be/7NrLBlw9WZE


Until next week, behave.
CAVILLATOR