We don’t just run – we also volunteer.

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

I cone

I tyre

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.

#malluskharriers #keepmallusktidy #ourvillage #ourcommunity #liveherelovehere

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.

5k:

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

10k:

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.

CAVILLATOR

9. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb

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9. The Runaways – Cherry Bomb

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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.


https://youtu.be/5Lz6k5Zg2wA
Until next week, behave.
CAVILLATOR

🎉🎉Podium Alert 🎉🎉

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.

Every one of them were outstanding, especially Eliose, who was first in the U11 girls Turbo Javelin #Juniorathletes#futureathletes

Runner of the Month – March 2022

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.

Alan Ladd

“Absolutely fantastic result at Manchester Marathon.”

“Excellent performance at Manchester marathon.”

Fidelma McCoppin

“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

“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 Brooks

“Roisin has been working hard over the past few months, and gives her all in intervals training.”

Martin O’Neill

“The big fella’s ankles and knees are made from chocolate, but he never complains. He keeps training and coaching, keeping others’ morale up.”

Joseph Eager

“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 Murphy

“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…

Sinead O’Hare

“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

🎉🎉Podium Alert 🎉🎉

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. 🏆

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 – 20th February 2022

Wind 2 weeks ago. Rain last week. Now this week we had both together.

Typical Mallusk. Again.And how come we are always running into a headwind, even on a circular route?

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

Ciaran Wright 24:39, David Esler 25:16, Sinead O’Hare 28:34PB, ADav 28:36, Martin McCready 32:32, John Teer 58:48, Clare Teer 58:49

And a big thanks to all the Harriers who volunteered/froze as part of the MH takeover of this week’s parkrun, not a great day for it. And thanks too to anyone who donated to the Newtownabbey Foodbank.

Waterworks parkrun: Kevin Donnelly 24:29, Claire McCann 34:14

Victoria parkrun: Elijah Cushley 23:52

Portrush parkrun: Stephen Armour 22:40, Sharon Dunn 29:29PB

Antrim parkrun: Maeve Kennedy 24:38

Castlewellan parkrun: Elaine Kennedy 32:14

Jordanstown junior parkrun: Elijah Cushley 8:29PB, Emily Murphy 9:00, Sinead O’Hare 10:25, Matthew Hawkins 10:28, Joseph Eager 10:29

And these 5 Harrier juniors were the first 5 finishers! Full Top 5 – a feat not achieved since The Beatles did it in USA in 1964!

Waterworks junior parkrun: Jessie Smith 12:48

In other racing this week, we had representatives at the last of Born2Run’s Run Forest Run Series at Castlewellan.10k: Elaine Kennedy 1:10:42, Dermot Boyd 1:10:42

I’m running out of songs about rain and wind by this stage! And, no, I don’t want requests and suggestions. I will treat them with the contempt they deserve.

But this is a proper tune and is dedicated to the fingers and toes of all the Harriers who volunteered on Saturday morning.https://youtu.be/8kl6q_9qZOsUntil next week, behave.CAVILLATOR