After some heroic performances in June many harriers covered a lot of miles in July as well. Admittedly for most, this came in the form of air miles with the destination being a sunny clime with a beach and a cocktail at the end of it. However, there were a few hardy harriers who kept plugging away at training and races that shone through our abject summer weather.
Two harriers that carried on where they left off in June were Lee O’Boyle and Micky McAuley. They were jointly nominated for completing the Denis Rankin round:
“Both these guys are an inspiration and true gents. Despite their gruelling training schedules they always have time to talk and encourage other members over every distance.”
Angela Stevens was nominated for her unwavering pursuit of racing the entire pure running series as well as our own club championship. She’s been simply described this month as “Knocking out half marathons in style”!
The runner up this month is Anita Piatek whose dedication to training paid off with a fantastic 5k personal best
“Anita has gone from strength to strength. Her hard work and determination has seen her get pb after pb.”
“Constantly improving, Anita has been consistent at training and ran a fantastic 5k PB at Derrytresk”
This month’s winner has been in great form too. He notched up a brilliant age category win at the Sea 2 Sky 5k and we finally managed to get him on the other side of the camera for once.
“Dermot has had a great month with a number of PBs and age category prizes at races.”
“Dermot has shown great determination coming back from injury. He ran a personal best 5 mile and had an age category win at Sea 2 Sky and in adverse weather conditions too.”
“His performance at recent events, seems he gets a PB every time and it’s because of his hard work and dedication!”
Congratulations and well deserved; July’s runner of the month is Dermot Boyd!
June was a jam packed month in the racing calendar and as always the Harriers were out in force. From EAMS 6hr Challenges, Comber 10k, Energia 24, ultras in the Mournes, marathons along the coast and the best challenge in the calendar, Mallusk Harriers 24 in 24.
Firstly, a massive congratulations to all the 24 in 24 runners. What an achievement and a big thank you to all the support crew and volunteers. 24 in 24 was a huge success and the money is still coming in for the Children’s Hospice.
Now onto the nominees and some of the reasons for their nomination by their club mates….
Gillian Bainbridge was nominated for Energia 24. This girl has been out from injury for the good part of a year, has turned up to every circuits class because she can’t run but recently started back to Tuesday night sessions. During Energia her foot started to hurt pretty painfully to the point were she couldn’t run. Instead of dropping where the team would have just fallen down the leaderboard, she walked and ran when she could and the team finished with 123.3 miles between them. Outstanding Gillian showing amazing determination and team spirit.
Joanne Milne has struggled with injury but was nominated for her outstanding run at EAMS 6 hour challenge and then at Energia. Great spirit and game for anything!
Laura Campbell was nominated for her excellent running at Energia. Laura showed great determination and strength of character on the day and ran amazingly well always remaining upbeat with a smile on her face. So proud of her
Joe Mathers for 24 in 24, The quiet man! Like the other crazies Joe just got on with this mammoth task.
Laura Rose, for 24 in 24, very impressed with her performance and attitude during 24in24. She clocked up an impressive amount of mileage and led most if it from the front, maintaining a great pace.
Lee O’Boyle, where do you start? So dedicated to his training and supporting others. Lee’s achievements this month were outstanding, completing all 24 parkruns and success at the Mourne way ultra. The determination you have Lee is in another league! Amazing performance in the Mourne ultra and 24. Lee is constantly training to the highest level he works hard in everything he does. Winning the ultra was great to see. It was a long time coming. He smashed 24in24.
Neil Campbell was nominated for his leadership in the 24 in 24 event on the day.
Paddy Brooks, with great runs at Lisburn Half Marathon and Comber 10k shows the training he’s putting in is really paying off. He also managed a few 24 in 24 parkruns to support the team which was greatly appreciated.
Peter McGarry was nominated for another marathon record, enough said 😉💪
The winner of Runner of the Month was difficult to track down. Some say he was off in another country hatching another plan with his minions and others say they see him wondering aimlessly around Victoria park counting laps…… Runner of the month for June is Mr EAMS, Craig Mills aka Gru. Craig has recently joined the headers corner of the club with his 101.3miles in just over 22hrs as Energia 24. What an unbelievable achievement and outstanding running. These words speak for themselves “Craig ran over 100 miles”. This outstanding performance at Energia 24 gets my runner of the month vote. What a fantastic effort, there literally are no words……… other than Congratulations. Craig, you absolutely smashed it!
After a long winter it is always great to get into April with the better weather and extended nights. So it was rather disappointing to get pelted with hail stones in our first training session back at the playing fields in a scene that took me back to our XC race in 2018 (nicknamed ‘In the bleak Mallusk winter’).
If the weather didn’t hot up then at least the performances from our runners did. As always there were plenty of different races to choose from with club members taking on new distances and notching up PBs all over the place.
Belfast marathon was held on a new day with a new route but not as some of the club thought on a new month with a few nominations coming through for performances in May. We’ve ‘adjusted’ the results accordingly and you may have to wait slightly ‘longer’ to see your comments come through… Rest assured we’ll save these nominations for May’s ROTM.
April started with Manchester marathon where Kevin Donnelly had a fantastic run smashing his marathon PB by 17 minutes. He backed that up with two 5k PBs and a 5 mile PB:
“Kevin amazed us all with his performance at Manchester marathon. He is flying these days with a big marathon PB in Manchester! Go Kevin!”
Another Harrier setting new PBs left right and centre in April was Anita Piatek. A half marathon PB at Subway was sandwiched (get it…?) by bests for 5 mile and 5k at Ballymena Belles and Springwell’s Purple ladies race:
“Anita has been absolutely smashing out PBs this month from Ballymena Belles to Purple Ladies. She has been very committed to her training + it is more than reflecting in these great results!”
Mairead O’Hare was nominated for a brilliant performance in her first marathon at London this month which followed a 7 minute half marathon PB at Subway:
“What a fantastic performance in the London Marathon. A very determined Mairead embraced the training and did herself and the club proud getting right to the line. Well done Mairead.”
Running a marathon isn’t easy. Running a marathon a few days after being on crutches is definitely not easy. However, Janet Grew did just that and her achievement of finishing was rightly picked out as an inspiration to other club members:
“Janet showed great determination getting through London Marathon despite adversity and extreme injury”
For some at the club, a marathon isn’t long enough anymore. Congratulations to everyone who completed the Connemarathon (39.3 miles); for many it was their first ultra distance.
Lee O’Boyle has obviously been reading too much Scott Jurek. The legendary ultra runner finished second in his first ever ultra… and that’s exactly what Jurek did 25 years ago . Lee’s tireless work ethic is an inspiration to others at the club:
“His dedication to sport and training is inspiring and his achievement at Connemara ultra was incredible. Couple all that with his unassuming attitude and his willingness to help and encourage others embodies what I love about running. Congratulations Lee.”
We also had two ladies running their first ultra at Connemara. Our ladies’ captain Suzanne Brennan was nominated for her ultra training and race:
“Suzanne really dedicated herself to the training and was always positive about the whole experience which paid off with a great run on day”
Well done to everyone nominated and keep doing what you are doing. However, our winner this month pipping the rest on the list was Sharon Dunn. Sharon has been knocking on the door of ROTM for many months and her ability to maintain her levels of excellence has finally got her the biggest share of the vote this month. Here’s what you all had to say:
“Sharon worked and trained so hard for her first ultra and absolutely smashed it! What I love about Sharon is how modest and humble she is about her achievements. Her attitude towards training and her strength and determination is inspiring. Go girl x”
“I’m nominating Sharon Dunn for her total dedication to training and it was brilliant to see that pay off at Connemara ultra. Well done Sharon!”
“EAMS, Connemara and now taking on 24 in 24, this girl is amazing”
“She trained so hard for Connemara and showed great dedication which paid off on race day with a great performance. She continues to go from strength to strength and fully deserves ROTM for April”
Well done Sharon, a very deserved winner. Good luck with your preparation for 24in24!
Thank you to everyone who voted. 😁
There were a number of individuals nominated this month👏
“Kevin has trained so quietly towards Manchester Marathon achieving a fantastic time at Carlingford Half Marathon. Kevin always offers support and encouragement to so many, his dedication to training is admired by so many. ”
“Brilliant result for Craic 10k wee superstar”
“Super performance at Larne half with an 8 min PB. Consistent training, going from strength to strength, always has a smile and an encouraging word! ”
“Maeve’s focus and determination. Maeve returned to running from injury with Larne Half Marathon as a goal. Not only did she succeed but she hit so many PBs along the way, entering race and after race – each time getting stronger and stronger. ”
” For yet another great PB SHE JUGGLES SO MUCH TO GET OUT RUNNING. ”
“Sharon has shown true dedication to her current training plan and you can see the hard work paying of as she glides through the miles. She is getting faster and stronger every week, keep it up!! ”
“I’ve seen first hand her dedication to the Connemara training plan and as much as it hurts to say I really do admire her..”
“Consistently achieving great results and dedication to the marathon program ”
“Stephen’s dedicated training is paying off in spades, with consistently impressive times culminating in a fantastic PB at Larne.”
“For completing the EAMS 6 hour challenge and also for completing the Denis Rankin Round. Mickey is an inspiration to us all whilst being so humble! Absolute legend!”
“For finishing the Rankin round”
“Micky achieves the unbelievable! Completing the Denis Rankin Round was yet another fantastic performance. Micky is a true gent, he’s always encouraging others, no matter their capability or goals.”
“What Micky achieved this month with his epic mountain run is just amazing – that would make him a worthy ROTM alone, but when combined with his great attitude, completely humble and unassuming, makes his achievement even more special. ”
But there can only one winner… 🏆
“Peter has delivered a couple of amazing back to back performances, at Larne and then at Titanic, and has trained really hard to make this possible with more to come. Can’t wait to see what he achieves in the months ahead.”
“Fantastic results in both the Larne half marathon and Titanic 10k ”
“Dedication to his training has produced an outstanding 15th place at Larne Half, and PB in Titanic 10K, to name a few. Amazing results Peter!”
“For his outstanding run in Larne half marathon and club record time at Titanic 10k”
“Outstanding runs at Larne Half Marathon and Titanic 10k”
” Really stepped it up this month, impressive PBs, finishing positions and club records. Exciting future ahead”
A huge WELL DONE Peter! May the great running continue! 👏
Also well done to everyone nominated and happy training for April.🏃♂️🏃🏻♀️
December ROTM nominations were dominated by two events, Cross Country and the Seeley Cup.
Suzanne Brennan was nominated for rounding up and leading the ladies XC team in to battle in the Athletics NI XC league.
Club newcomer Ramunas Stanevicius received several nominations for some excellent PBs, race performances and team XC participation. Definitely a Harrier to watch out for in the future!
Similarly, Kevin Donnelly and Lee O’Boyle received nominations for superb PBs in the Seeley Cup, strong XC results and a sprinkling of podiums for the club.
But there can only be one winner and in my opinion this one is long overdue!
He is one of the most consistent club attendees throughout the year at training, always puts in a great performance in races and has had some amazing achievements throughout the year.
Sometimes these performances go under the radar due to his modesty, but it has finally caught up with him this month and has not gone unnoticed by many voting Harriers.
December saw him finish off a great year in style with a blistering PB in the Seeley Cup and some brilliant runs in XC events, helping the men’s team to score some valuable league bonus points.
ROTM is… the one… the only… Joe Mathers!
Karen McKee, Maeve Dunseath, Sarah McCafferty and Stephen Gallagher each received nominations this month for their positive attitudes and progress. Without a doubt it has been a great month for all four with regular training paying off across many distances and terrains, with some even braving the madness of the cross country.
As always of course, there can only be one winner and this month’s was a runaway victor. Alan Ladd has gone above and beyond this month, including PB’s and podium finishes in his achievements.
Alan’s first place finish at the Kirkistown half marathon is an example of what can be achieved with the right dedication and work. Congratulations Alan, fantastic running!
Three of our Juniors received the Junior Harrier of the month award for November and the much sought after subway voucher that coach Skillen has been trying to get his hands on for months!
Congratulations to Rory and Jasper Brooks, these two brothers are part of the XC team and put in excellent performances, even with muddy conditions. They never fail to turn up to training and it’s paying off big time, dudes you are both amazing!!!!
Jamie Campbell also received the Junior Harrier of the Month award, all the seniors can learn a lot from wee Jamie, with his perfect running posture and correct execution of circuit exercises, it’s clear to see he takes after his mum. Keep it up Jamie, this young man is a star in the making.
Congratulations to all our Juniors, 2018 was a fantastic year with some amazing results, hope Santa is good to you all and lets floss our way into 2019.