It’s been a busy few weeks for many of our members. As well as training and racing, we’ve also been busy volunteering.
Belfast City Marathon
Big thank you to all our club members who gave up their time to assist and volunteer at the Belfast Marathon Expo for three days on the run up to Belfast Marathon. We have had lots of great feedback. In addition to helping out at the fantastic expo, we had members helping out on the course and at the start and finish line areas. Thanks everyone for representing the club so well. Not only did the runners do the club proud, but the volunteers equally did as well. Massive kudos to everyone helping out at the event. #BelfastCityMarathon
Antrim & Newtownabbey Big Spring Clean
Great morning spent clearing litter from our village, on Saturday 7th May. This was part of the Antrim and Newtownabbey big Spring clean. The sun shone as picked are way through:
20 volunteers (and 1 dog)
30 black bin bags.
1 apple Mac
1 pc monitor
1 road sign
1 disc brake
2 number plates
80 plastic bottles
9 glass bottles
Countless crisp packets
1 Ten pound note
Several energy gel wrappers
Millions of tins
2 recycling boxes
1 sand bag
27 face coverings
1 great club
Thanks to all the members who volunteered. A great morning’s work and craic.
A big week with a big race at the end of it. Possibly followed by big hangovers? Definitely followed by big aches and pains. But sure we love it. Don’t we?
Firstly, a late result off the Vidiprinter, as I apologise for missing out Angela Stevens’ amazing run at the Connemara Ultra. Angela finished the ultra distance in 8:15:33. And just to confirm that Lee O’Boyle did indeed finish 4th in a field of over 130 runners. Official time was 4:36:02.
I will now take myself out the back and give myself a good hiding for my omission. Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun: Elijah Cushley 21:24PB and third finisher, David Esler 25:17, Joanne Milne 30:38, ADav 30:46, Marie McBrien 34:32, Galina Stanevicius 42:09, Anton Piatek 56:23
Waterworks parkrun: Kevin Donnelly 20:05, Robbie Gould 21:42, Robert Gould 22:23, Maeve Kennedy 29:38, Claire McCann 36:34
Victoria parkrun: Mark Smith 17:29, Emily Murphy 22:22PB, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 26:45, Susan Thompson 35:54
Portrush parkrun: Alan Kerr 26:25
Wallace parkrun: Elaine Kennedy 29:57
Castlewellan parkrun: Neil McCready 24:28
Sixmilewater parkrun: Tom Fleming 17:00PB and first finisher
Dunleath Playing Fields parkrun: Adam McCann 18:19PB and second finisher
Jordanstown junior parkrun: Emily Murphy 8:20 and first finisher, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 9:41, Matthew Hawkins 13:10 But the focus this week was obviously the Belfast Marathon with the Harriers out in full force.
Not only running, but also supporting and volunteering. Fair play to all of them.
Results for the runners were: (PBs and 1st marathons noted where known)
Neil Campbell 2:53:48PB, Alan Erwin 2:57:16PB, Micky McAuley 3:00:23PB, ADav 3:11:29PB, Stephen Gallagher 3:16:48, Andrew McNevison 3:24:29, Patrick Shields 3:25:33, Stephen Smyth 3:26:43, Patricia Curistan 3:31:12PB, Stephen Armour 3:44:59 (1st timer), Sean Doherty 3:47:33 (1st timer) , Brendan McGeown 3:47:54, Joe Mathers 3:48:36, Alan Stewart 3:57:16PB, Paul Skillen 4:09:06, Anton Piatek 4:10:41PB, Johnny Carey 4:12:32, Karen McKee 4:19:41, Bernard McKeaveney 4:22:37PB, Sharon Dunn 4:25:38, Alex Stewart 4:26:47, Stephen Semple 4:29:15, Maeve Kennedy 4:29:15, Sarah O’Kane 4:32:20 (1st timer), Pamela McCafferty 4:32:22, Angela Stevens 4:57:39 So a huge congrats to all 26, including 7 PBs, 3 first timers and everyone else who just managed to finish, whatever their time. Huge achievements all round. Give yourselves a round of applause. I’ll wait……
And yet another word for all the Harriers who were out on the course supporting. Do not underestimate the boost it gives the runners.
So this week’s tune is for our marathon heroes. You may not have felt it in the last 3 miles; you may not have felt it on Monday morning; but the pain is temporary – the feeling of achievement is permanent. We salute you. And the video reminds me of our Xmas dos.
https://youtu.be/5Lz6k5Zg2wA Until next week, behave. CAVILLATOR
Fantastic performance from our Junior Athletes at the Firmus Fab5 at Mary Peters on the 21st April 2022. Our Juniors who took part were Owen Dunseath, Leo Mcauley, Joseph Eager, Maili Skillen, Eloise McAuley , Jessie Smith , Kobe McClelland, Sinead O’Hare, Amelia Fleming, Peter Fleming and Tom Fleming, Andrew Scott.
A massive thanks to Danny Corr and The Dojo – Non Profit Organisation for delivering a self defence class for some of our Harrier Ladies tonight. The ladies are buzzing after the session and the feedback has been brilliant. We think some of our ladies didn’t realise their own strength. A great environment to learn. Thank you again guys!
Well, whether you’re in the middle of your taper or the middle of a few beers, let’s hope you are enjoying the good weather while it lasts. Either way, hydrate!
Taking on just the 9 different parkruns this week were:
ADav and his fancy shoes 19:22, David Esler 24:21PB, Clare Teer 28:39, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 30:01, Joanne Milne 30:05, Dermot Boyd 32:06, Marie McBrien 33:41, John Teer 38:40, Martin McCready 41:53
Kevin Donnelly 18:52, Lord Ian “mother of dragons” Brennan 25:33, Joe Mathers 25:33, Jim Hewitt 26:05, Suzanne “wife of mother of dragons” Brennan 27:27, Claire McCann 36:15
Adam McCann 19:36
Anita Piatek 28:50
Nicky Fleck 32:24
Tom Fleming 17:22PB and first finisher, Maeve Kennedy 24:44, Stephen Semple 24:52
Elijah Cushley 21:46PB
Karen McKee 24:38, Paul Skillen 24:39, Elaine Kennedy 30:45PB Craig Alexander 22.35
Only one tourist this week but probably one of the furthest away we have had. Sarah Ross took part in the Noosa parkrun, finishing in 24:06. Noosa parkrun takes place in Noosaville (obviously), in the State School car park (sure, why not). For the few of you who may not know, Noosaville is in Queensland, Australia. As the locals say there, Australia is like the Spice Girls – everyone is doing their best, but Victoria is ruining it for everyone.
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 8:03 and first finisher, Emily Murphy 8:20PB and second finisher, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 9:52, Matthew Hawkins 12:50
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Eloise McAuley 8:02PB, Leo McAuley 8:34, Jessie Smith 11:39, Lexi Smith 14:17PB
In other racing, the juniors were leading the way as usual. Several junior Harriers took part in the Firmus Fab 5 on Thursday evening:
60m U11 Boys Races:
Kayden McClelland 10:24, Andrew Scott 10:58, Kobe McClelland 10:73
Sinead O’Hare 17.10
100m U13 Boys Races:
Owen Dunseath 14:59, Joseph Eager 16:27, Leo McAuley 16:35
600m U11 Girls
Eloise McAuley 2:08:88 and race winner, Jessie Smith 2:42:41
800m U13 Boys
Leo McAuley 3:01:00
800m U13 Girls
Sinead O’Hare 3:29:35
800m U15 Girls
Mali Skillen 3:24:58
U11 girls Turbo Javelin
Jessie Smith 4.60
U13 Girls Shot
Sinead O’Hare 3.40
Not to be totally outdone by the juniors, our own header in chief, Lee O’Boyle, took on another Ultra. This one was the 39.3 mile ultra distance at the Connemarathon race series in Connemara.
No official results yet but, unofficially, Lee finished 4th overall in an amazing 4:36:08. And not to be outdone, Angela Stevens also completed the ultra in 8:15:40.
So this week’s tune is for our parkrun tourist trip. Here is an absolute belter from Australian Nick Cave’s side project Grinderman. Sit back in the sun and enjoy.
The arrival of spring was the signal for many Harriers to step up training plans and get in their first races of the season. Amid the excitement of donning the club vest again, a mix of junior and senior members all caught your attention during March.
Here are those nominated for Runner of the Month, and what you had to say about them.
“Absolutely fantastic result at Manchester Marathon.”
“Excellent performance at Manchester marathon.”
“Fidelma’s running this month has made me smile with delight for her. She got a PB at Portrush Parkrun and she followed that up at a super run the Spar Craic. Well done, Fidelma!”
“Alan Kerr always put his full attention into a race without anyone knowing and trains really hard. He consistently achieves his race goals, has been a valuable member of the club for many years, and really enjoys his running.”
“Roisin has been working hard over the past few months, and gives her all in intervals training.”
“The big fella’s ankles and knees are made from chocolate, but he never complains. He keeps training and coaching, keeping others’ morale up.”
“Joe is one of our fab juniors who works hard in training and parkruns. This paid off with an outstanding performance in the Craic 10k which he ran a sub 50min. Absolutely incredible. Well done Joe!”
“Emily has been training so hard and she is getting PB after PB. Such a lovely child and deserves everything she gets. Well done Emily!”
But after knocking on the door for months, one young Harrier’s continued commitment, effort and stellar running finally paid off…
“Continuing to improve all the time. PBs at parkrun and junior parkrun most weeks lately. Represents the club at junior XC as well.”
“Sinead has gone from strength to strength with her running. She has no fear of races and is constantly achieving PBs in parkruns. You go girl!”
“Amazing results at parkrun this year Getting better and better.” Congratulations Sinead on the richly-deserved Runner of the Month
Officially, the report is a few days later than usual to allow me to include results from Boston and Whitehead. Unofficially, its late as I’ve just re-emerged from a chocolate coma.
Taking on just the 10 different parkruns this week were:
Elijah Cushley 22:26, Eloise McAuley 23:53PB, Sinead O’Hare 27:28, Clare Teer 28:15, Neill McGlinchey 31:31, Martin McCready 32:17, Sophie Davidson 32:38, Joanne Milne 33:58, John Teer 37:47
Joe Mathers 21:42, Neil McCready 22:33, ADav 23:23, Lord Ian Brennan 25:05, Suzanne Brennan 26:41, Susan Thompson 26:48, Jim Hewitt 26:50, Cathy Ryan 27:04
Aidy Hughes 26:17
Tom Fleming 17:30 and first finisher (again)
Alan Irwin 18:29
Robbie Gould 22:07, Robert Gould 22:33, David Esler 23:32PB
Brendan McGeown 22:06, Paul Skillen 22:56, Stephen Semple 23:57, Maeve Kennedy 24:39, Karen McKee 26:48, Marie McBrien 29:51, Roseann McGeown 32:13PB
Dunleath Playing Fields parkrun:
Adam McCann 19:15
This is a new parkrun (4th event this week) near Downpatrick. Yes, I had to look it up.
And, it being Easter weekend, there were a few parkrun tourists this week (sorry Aidy, but Dungannon doesn’t count).
The Piateks were at Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun. Anton finished in 24:29 and Anita in 29:33. Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun is in Bordon. Yeah, me neither. Turns out it is in East Hampshire in the south of England (which is near France). Hogmoor Inclosure was often used for army manoeuvres. Luckily neither Anton nor Anita tanked on their runs, boom boom!
Nicky Fleck was at Clevedon Salthouse Fields parkrun (yes, I think someone is making these names up too) finishing in 31:09. This parkrun is in Clevedon near Bristol which I have heard of. This location has something to do with salt but, to be honest, I got bored and so have no further details.
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 7:55 and first finisher, Emily Murphy 8:48, Sinead O’Hare 9:14, Matthew Hawkins 11:40, Joseph Eager 11:40
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:25, Eloise McAuley 13:24
Bangor junior parkrun:
Hollie Brennan 14:27PB
The above may disagree, but there is also life outside of parkrun and several Harriers were burning off the Easter eggs in the sunshine at the Whitehead 5 mile race:
Micky McAuley 31:59, Stephen Gallagher 34:28, Neil McCready 34:35, Ciaran Wright 36:47, Bernard McKeaveney 42:04, Dermot Boyd 52:07
Last result of the week has to go to our own speedy specs as Kevin Donnelly proudly brought the club vest to the Boston Marathon. Kevin finished the toughest of the majors in an amazing 3:13:46.
So this week’s tune is for Kevin. I wanted to pick a band from Boston for him. It could have been Aerosmith, or the Pixies (sorry Lee), The Cars, The Lemonheads, even the mighty New Kids on the Block (a close 2nd choice – not). But I’ll take any chance to play this classic and its aptly describes how Kevin took on Heartbreak Hill. Mr Donnelly, we salute you.
Another busy week for the Harriers with everyone involved in distances from 5k races to 20 mile long runs. Plenty of PBs, some near misses, injuries and achievements. Sure, where else would you get it?
Taking on 9 different parkruns this week were:
Ramunas Stanevicius 23:08, Sinead O’Hare 26:24PB, ADav 26:25, Joe Mathers 26:46, Lord Ian Brennan 26:47, Joanne Milne 29:11, Cathy Ryan 29:52, Neill McGlinchey 30:34, Marie McBrien 31:58, Michael Whittley 32:00, Martin McCready 57:51
Well done Sinead on yet another PB and congrats to Michael on completing his first parkrun. And only 2 years after he registered. We look forward to his next one in early 2024.
Jim Hewitt 25:57, Maili Skillen 32:24, Claire McCann 33:09
Adam McCann 18:33
Anton Piatek 24:24
MUSA Cookstown parkrun:
Aidy Hughes 25:22
Robbie Gould 20:01, Robert Gould 21:39
Stephen Armour 20:33, Maeve Kennedy 27:47, Stephen Semple 27:48
And big congrats to Maeve on completing her 200th parkrun!
Elijah Cushley 20:22PB
Tom Fleming 17:09
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 7:44PB (a weekend PB double), Sinead O’Hare 9:10, Matthew Hawkins 9:51PB
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Eloise McAuley 8:36 (and 3rd finisher), Kayden McClelland 8:45PB, Kobe McClelland 8:59PB, Leo McAuley 10:27, Jessie Smith 12:02, Lexi Smith 14:52
Mid-week racing again this week with the Queens 5k on Wednesday night:
Tom Fleming 16:46, Kevin Donnelly 17:39PB, Alan Erwin 17:58PB, Adan McCann 18:09, Patrick Shields 19:36, Stephen Gallagher 19:55, Emily Murphy 22:31, Lord Ian Brennan 22:35PB, Stephen Murphy 22:40, Sinead O’Hare 25:47, Aidy Hughes 25:49, Roisin Brooks 30:15
This weekend, our regular racing tourists, Alan and Dermot, were at it again, this time at the Born2Run Glenarm Castle Challenge events.
Dermot Boyd completed the 10k in 1:09:35 and Alan Kerr completed the half marathon distance in 2:20:29.
So this week’s tune is for all those who took part at the Queens 5k on Wednesday. You’ll now be expected to go at that pace every time!
Meet Emily Murphy, one of our rising stars at juniors. Consistently turning up to training, listening to coaches, pushing every week herself to improve, all evidenced with her continuous PBs seen over the last few months at events.
Emily represented the club at the Titianic 1k run with an amazing result. Congratulations Emily, on this well deserved 3rd place podium spot at the Titanic 1K this morning. You are amazing!
Emily has gone from strength to strenght, we can’t wait to see what the future brings. 🏆