Club Race Report – 8th May 2022

Okay, let’s just say it. The Belfast Marathon was sooo last week. The question this week is, what’s next?

Another one? parkrun PB? Club championship points? Weight gain and lethargy? The choice is yours.

Firstly, another late result off the Vidiprinter and another potential kicking for this report writer.

Turns out I missed Nuala Muldoon from last week’s marathon report. Nuala has recently made a return to the club. Possibly unintentionally, who knows?

But, anyhow, she finished the marathon in 4:14:14.

Highly unlikely she’ll ever read this so I think I got away with it. But apologies anyway.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Sean Doherty 21:17PB, Brendan McGeown 23:45, Alan Erwin 23:46, Elijah Cushley 25:10, David Esler 25:22, Clare Teer 27:47, Cathy Ryan 30:38, Marie McBrien 31:25, Neill McGlinchey 31:37, Roseann McGeown 32:24, Roisin Brooks 33:37, John Teer 38:43, Martin McCready 58:57

Waterworks parkrun:

Joe Mathers 22:49, ADav 23:26, Maeve Kennedy 25:17, Ciaran Wright 25:27, Susan Thompson 26:27, Joanne Milne 30:26

Ormeau Park parkrun:

Anita Piatek 32:20PB

Antrim parkrun:

Neil McCready 25:58, Elaine Kennedy 28:45

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 18:15 and first finisher, Riley Kerr 35:29

Garvagh Forest parkrun:

Nikki Fleck 29:31

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 7:49 and first finisher, Emily Murphy 8:15PB and second finisher, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 9:43, Riley Kerr 11:14, Matthew Hawkins 11:17, Rhys Kerr 15:54

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Eloise McAuley 8:17 and second finisher, Jessie Smith 11:02PB, Leo McAuley 12:25, Lexi Smith 15:00, Hollie Brennan 15:52

But there was plenty of other non-parkrun, non-marathon racing going on this week too.

On Friday night, several Harriers represented the club at the Scrabo Striders Run the Runways event.


Emily Murphy 21:49, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 25:41, Anita Piatek 26:14


Marty O’Neill 37:26PB, Adam McCann 38:54, Stephen Murphy 51:18

On the same night, several other Harriers were chasing PBs elsewhere, at NBH Night of Friendly 5000s. The club was superbly represented alongside NBH, Tafelta, Keep Er Lit and Beechmount:

Race 1:

Aidy Hughes 24:30PB, David Butler 26:51

Race 2:

Craig Goodall 21:24 and race winner, Lord Ian Brennan 22:11PB, Orla McNulty 22:57, David Esler 23:08

Race 3:

ADav 19:22, Robbie Gould 19:26, Elijah Cushley 20:12, Sean Doherty 20:16, Stevo Armour 20:17

Race 4:

Tom Fleming 16:47, Kevin Donnelly 17:59

Taking on Pats 5k in Pomeroy yesterday,  in memory of Pat Mallon, was Dermot Boyd with a time of 35:07

Folks there may have been more runners and definitely more PBs out there but if you don’t post in Team App then I can’t report it! The aul crystal ball ain’t what it used to be!

So this week’s tune is for those who took off on the runways on Friday night. Yes, I know this is runaways, not runways but you find a decent song about runways. And this one has Joan Jett.

Until next week, behave.


9. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb


9. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb

Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Vol. 1 track 9

Club Race Report – Tuesday 3rd May 2022

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

Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 31:30PB

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.
Until next week, behave.

Club Race Report – 24th April 2022

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:

Valley parkrun:

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

Waterworks parkrun:

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

Victoria parkrun:

Adam McCann 19:36

Queens parkrun:

Anita Piatek 28:50

Portrush parkrun:

Nicky Fleck 32:24

Antrim parkrun:

Tom Fleming 17:22PB and first finisher, Maeve Kennedy 24:44, Stephen Semple 24:52

Comber parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 21:46PB

Sixmilewater parkrun:

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

100mU13 Girls:

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.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 19th April 2022

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:

Valley parkrun:

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

Waterworks parkrun:

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

Dungannon parkrun:

Aidy Hughes 26:17

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 17:30 and first finisher (again)

Victoria parkrun:

Alan Irwin 18:29

Ormeau parkrun:

Robbie Gould 22:07, Robert Gould 22:33, David Esler 23:32PB

Antrim parkrun:

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.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 10th April 2022

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:

Valley parkrun:

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.

Waterworks parkrun:

Jim Hewitt 25:57, Maili Skillen 32:24, Claire McCann 33:09

Victoria parkrun:

Adam McCann 18:33

ECOS parkrun:

Anton Piatek 24:24

MUSA Cookstown parkrun:

Aidy Hughes 25:22

Ormeau parkrun:

Robbie Gould 20:01, Robert Gould 21:39

Antrim parkrun:

Stephen Armour 20:33, Maeve Kennedy 27:47, Stephen Semple 27:48

And big congrats to Maeve on completing her 200th parkrun!

Carrickfergus parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 20:22PB

Sixmilewater parkrun:

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!

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 3rd April 2022

Smoke coming out of the Vidiprinter right enough Mrs McKee, with Harriers competing in 6 other events on top of the usual parkruns and junior parkruns. The Cavillator Towers wine cellar may have to be raided after this one.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 22:10, Emily Murphy 23:45PB, Aidy Hughes 27:29, Paul Skillen 28:15, Clare Teer 29:07, Marie McBrien 32:05, Ramunas Stanevicius 33:07, Galina Stanevicius 33:07, Martin McCready 35:45, John Teer 38:52

Waterworks parkrun:

Robbie Gould 22:09, Robert Gould 22:45, Lord Ian Brennan 23:16, Neil McCready 23:50, Stephen Semple 24:04, ADav 24:59, Kevin Donnelly 25:00, Maeve Kennedy 25:11, Jim Hewitt 25:19, Claire McCann 33:34

Victoria parkrun:

Alan Erwin 19:12, Sinead O’Hare 25:03PB, Dermot Boyd 31:26

And congrats to Victoria parkrun on their 500th event.

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 17:26, David Esler 23:59

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 7:57, Sinead O’Hare 9:09PB (the weekend PB double!), Matthew Hawkins 10:22

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Leo McAuley 8:31, Eloise McAuley 8:38, Jessie Smith 12:08

In other racing, our very own Prof Ladd was back in the homeland, this time not running from hospital to hospital over the Pennines but at the Manchester marathon. Prof Alan finished in an amazing PB time of 2:48:11. Johnny Carey was also in the home of proper music and was also on a PB mission, finishing in 3:56:01.

But Alan wasn’t the only Harrier competing across the water. Fidelma McCoppin was in the home of rubbish football teams, taking on the London Landmarks half marathon in 2:29:34.

Closer to home, Ramunas Stanevicius took part in the Omagh Half marathon, finishing in 1:30:46.

Even closer to home again, Anton Piatek was pitying the fools who had to climb to Knockagh monument twice. Anton completed the two loop, 20 mile event in 3:18:02.

Finally, this morning saw the latest running of the flat and fast Titanic 10k:

Martin O’Neill 37:58, Adam McCann 39:19PB, Craig Goodall 46:55, Stephen Semple 48:54, Maeve Kennedy 52:54

Athletics NI and ChampionChip Ireland showing slightly different times. So I went with the quickest ones! And well done in particular to Adam, going sub 40 in his very first 10k. Time I retired, I think.

And in the kid’s 1k race, our own Emily Murphy had a podium finish, being the third girl home in 3:58. And this after her Waterworks 5k PB the day before. Well done Emily!

And one more gentle reminder that memberships (both new and renewals) are now overdue if not recently paid. Please pay up if you ever want mentioned here again.

And the membership officer knows where you live, so be afraid. Very afraid. Honestly. I’m not joking. I’m not. At all.

So thank you to Prof Ladd for going to Manchester this week and giving me an excuse to play a Madchester classic. A fairly obvious choice but good advice for everyone racing and long running this weekend. And a proper tune.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 27th March 2022

Amazingly, the good weather stayed around for another few days this week. Time to work on those sock and t-shirts lines folks!

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Cathy Ryan 28:28, Neill McGlinchey 30:05, Martin McCready 36:58

Waterworks parkrun:

Kevin Donnelly 23:51, Jim Hewitt 25:41

Victoria parkrun:

Joe Mathers 20:24, Emily Murphy 22:50PB, ADav 22:51, Maeve Kennedy 24:27, Anita Piatek 27:24, Suzanne Brennan 32:31, Joanne Milne 32:31

Portrush parkrun:

Johnny Carey 23:40

Wallace parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 20:29PB

Antrim parkrun

Elaine Kennedy 29:30, Dermot Boyd 32:27

Stormont parkrun:

David Esler 23:35PB

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 17:40 and first finisher again

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 8:00, Emily Murphy 8:42, Sinead O’Hare 9:38, Matthew Hawkins 9:57, Joseph Eager 9:58, Ben Halliday 11:27

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Leo McAuley 8:37, Eloise McAuley 8:39, Jessie Smith 12:08

This week it was the turn Of Angela Stevens to take on the mantle of chief header. Angela took part in the first race in the WeRunWildNI Castle to Castle trilogy, running from Glenarm Castle to Carrickfergus Castle, a distance of 50km/31 miles and almost 4,000ft of elevation. Angela finished in 8:57:45. Time for a well-deserved rest, Angela!

So this week’s tune is a tenuous link to Mother’s Day.

No Mr T this year, definitely no Spice Girls.

Just a proper tune from a band with Mother in their name. You’re welcome.

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 20th March 2022

Rumours abounded this week about a big yellow thing being seen in the skies around Mallusk. It has been a week for strange weather all round. For a minute this morning during my run, I could have sworn the wind was behind me.

A late result off the Vidiprinter from last week as we confirm Micky McAuley’s time in the Spud Run as 54:27.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 22:04PB, ADav 27:02, Anton Piatek 28:04, Catherine Ryan 28:08, Ramunas Stanevicius 29:02, Galina Stanevicius 29:02, Neill McGlinchey 30:22, Sinead O’Hare 30:34, Roseann McGeown 34:32, Marie McBrien 37:47

Waterworks parkrun:

Stephen Semple 23:44, Paul Skillen 24:01, Maeve Kennedy 24:48, Kevin Donnelly 25:14, Claire McCann 34:49, Clare Teer 38:41, John Teer 38:41, Leah Skillen 48:08

Antrim parkrun

Elaine Kennedy 29:03

Orangefield parkrun:

Neil McCready 23:17, David Esler 24:53PB

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Tom Fleming 6:42PB and first finisher, Elijah Cushley 7:59, Joseph Eager, 8:37, Emily Murphy 8:42PB, Peter Fleming 9:12, Sinead O’Hare 9:31PB, Matthew Hawkins 11:18

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Eloise McAuley 8:36, Leo McAuley 8:42, Hollie Brennan 15:49

You can tell its Spring as the midweek races have started with the traditional St Patrick’s Day Spar Craic 10k through the city centre:

Mark Smith 37:25, Ramunas Stanevicius 40:44, Stephen Armour 41:49, Ciaran Wright 44:01, Patricia Curistan 45:05, Suzanne Brennan 48:18PB, Alan Stewart 48:49 (first club race), Joseph Eager 49:31 (first 10k!), Bernard McKeaveney 50:24, Maeve Kennedy 51:12, Martin O’Neill 52:17, Maeve Dunseath 53:13, Sharon Dunn 55:33, Dermot Boyd 1:03:24, Barbara Sawyer 1:05:30, Fidelma McCoppin 1:07:15

More racing on Saturday as Larne was the venue, this time for 5k and 10 mile distances:


Tom Fleming 17:23 and a 5th place finish for our flying junior

10 miles:

Alan Erwin 1:05:32PB, Joe Mathers 1:13:16, Neil McCready 1:14:16, Sean Doherty 1:14:16, Sarah O’Kane 1:26:44, Pamela McCafferty 1:26:48, Lord Ian Brennan 1:28:19, Hannah ROTM Hope 1:35:37PB, Alan Kerr 1:42:47

Lee O’Boyle and Micky McAuley were out to take on the latest NIMRA race, The Fallows, a 10 mile run through Kilbroney Forest Park. Lee finished in 1:24:16 and Micky in 1:33:03

So this week’s tune is for those Harriers who actually got out in the sunshine this week, especially those who think they got sunburned!

Until next week, behave.


Runner of the month – February 2022

Undeterred by Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin all sweeping through, plenty of hardy Harriers kept training throughout a weather-battered February. That commitment and hard work was duly recognised as a range of worthy candidates emerged.

Here are the nominations for Runner of the Month, and what you had to say about them.

Alan Kerr

“Nominating Alan Kerr for completing all four races in the Sperrin Harriers Winter Trail series, as well representing the club in a number of the cross-country races. Great to see Alan enjoying plenty of off-road racing with some great performances.”

Bernard McKeaveney

“He’s been clocking up the miles and you can see his pace increasing due to his hard work. He’s carried this into March with a 10-mile PB.”

Michael Whittley

“Gives his all every week at Tuesday intervals, helps with pacing other runners & is a great encourager to everyone.”

Kevin Donnelly

“Every-week I feel he is getting faster and stronger and puts in 110% in every session.”

Alan Ladd

“Coming back from injury to put in a fantastic half marathon performance.”

“Alan’s half marathon PB on World Marathon Day was so deserved; he’s always so generous with his time and advice and to see that he won first place and PB at this event was an absolute pleasure. Congratulations Alan!”

Sinead O’Hare

“Sinead’s dedication to training, her improvements have all contributed to her PB at Parkrun. Well done, Sinead. Keep up the great work.”

“The young lady is consistently present at training, constantly gives no less than 100% of her effort. This consistent effort in her training shows results, with recent personal bests at parkruns. Sinead also has taken on many XC events over the winter months and has excelled in each event. We look forward in monitoring her progress in the coming months and years ahead.”

“Smashing valley Park run with an excellent PB And the biggest smile crossing the line.”

But pipping Sinead at the post, Hannah Hope’s efforts earned plenty of praise.

“Hannah puts everything into her intervals and training, and her running pace is improving.”

“Fitting in running between work and further education, Hannah has progressed significantly recently and regularly sets herself running goals. She has attended some Tuesday sessions but more often Thursday sessions where she gives her all.”

“Hannah has been steadily increasing her mileage and pace over the last few months. It’s fantastic to see her regularly training again and making improvements week in, week out and entering races again after a tough couple of years nursing injuries. Long may it continue!”

“Hannah is often very hard on herself (like a lot of runners!) And doesn’t give herself credit for all her efforts and progress that she is making. She has been running longer and longer distances recently and just going from strength to strength! Well done, Hannah!!”

Congratulations Hannah on being voted February’s Runner of the Month, and well-done to everyone nominated. Keep up the good work!

Club Race Report – 13th March 2022

We think we have it bad with Paul’s Sunday routes but this week the Tennessee hills heard the conch again as the Barkley Marathons returned to Frozen Head Park. If you know, you know. If you don’t, go look up this race. The craziest, toughest ultra race there is. No finishers again this year. Last one was 2017 I think. But worth $1.60 of anyone’s money. Ain’t no Sealstown though.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Martin O’Neill 21:58, Sinead O’Hare 27:13PB, ADav 27:13, Paul Skillen 27:18, Karen McKee 27:19, Ramunas Stanevicius 32:08, Galina Stanevicius 32:09, Neill McGlinchey 32:25, Joanne Milne 32:53, Jessie Smith 36:46PB, Marie McBrien 44:27

Well done the juniors!

Waterworks parkrun:

Stephen Semple 23:50, Suzanne Brennan 25:00, Joseph Eager 25:32, Maeve Kennedy 29:25, Dermot Boyd 32:12, Claire McCann 33:27

Queens parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 21:41

Portrush parkrun:

Marie McFarlane 33:07PB, Fidelma McCoppin 33:31

Antrim parkrun

Elaine Kennedy 28:23

Limavady parkrun:

Johnny Carey 23:25

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 17:06PB (again again) and first finisher (again again again), David Esler 23:49PB

And big congratulations to Tom on completing his 200th parkrun in such fine fashion.

His 12th first place finish and 8th PB on this course. And a drop of over 2 mins on his PB over that time.

Belfast Victoria junior parkrun:

Sinead O’Hare 10:12

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Eloise McAuley 9:11

In other racing, our very own Bernard McKeaveney was at the Walled City 10 Mile Road Race, finishing in a PB time of 1:23:30.

As Lee took a well deserved quieter week, our other header in chief was out this week instead. Micky McAuley, for it is he, took part in the 2022 Spud Run, a NIMRA Glenariffe Mountain Race sponsored by Glens of Antrim Potatoes. Sounds fun but you have to climb more than 1,200ft to get your bag of spuds at the end. Unfortunately, the results have not yet been cooked up and served so the time will have to wait til next week.

Also, for reasons unknown, Kevin Donnelly, owner of the fastest specs in the club, was in action in Navan at the Bohermeen half marathon. Kevin finished in a superb PB time of 1:20:21. Bohermeen means the smooth road so maybe he picked an easy one?

Before I finish, I should note that I was asked (i.e. physically threatened) by your lovely Membership Officer to remind you that is that time of year again and subscriptions are due.

Sure, where else would you get all the same pain, suffering, craic and camaraderie for less than the price of a thimble of fuel?

So this week’s tune is to celebrate all things Barkley. From Tennessee’s finest to Tennessee’s toughest.

Until next week, behave.