Great to see Adam McCann back running 🤩🎉🎉

We were delighted to see our Junior club member Adam McCann return to action.
Adam suffered a horrific injury at school some time ago. He has battled back through a lot of hard work and dedication.

Throughout his rehabilitation he helped out the club coaches by acting as an assistant coach at out Junior sessions.
A great young man we are proud to have at the club

Well done Adam 🏃🏃🏃

Have you volunteered lately?

Mallusk Harriers star in the Latest Active Running advert for Volunteering at Parkrun. Have you Volunteered lately?

It’s so easy to volunteer and show your support. Why not give a little back and support your running community.

How to volunteer at parkrun
We would be lost with out the many volunteers who keep all our Parkruns running and giving up their free time.

If you can help volunteer at your local Parkrun , please see how too below and become part of a great team of people who make sure our Parkruns takes place and is safe for everyone each Saturday.

parkruns are community events delivered every weekend by volunteers. Anyone and everyone can be a volunteer. You need no prior experience and you can volunteer regularly, or just once in a while.

All the roles are explained to you on the day, it’s super easy, fun and rewarding. Plus you get to feel a part of your local community. Fancy giving it a go? Here’s how.

  1. Send an email to your local parkrun

The simplest way to sign up to volunteer is to send an email to your local parkrun. You can find your local event here, and you can locate their email address on your event’s home page, under the ‘volunteer’ tab.

Let the team know when you’d like to volunteer (it might be the coming event, or further ahead), and if you have a preference, you can say what role you might like (or not like!) to do. Include your parkrun barcode number too. Then, the volunteer coordinator will be in touch to book you in. Easy.

  1. Tell the event team when you’re at parkrun

When you’re at parkrun or junior parkrun, just tell the team (someone in a high-vis vest) that you would like to volunteer (again, you may want to volunteer the following week, or another date in the future) and they will help book you in.

  1. Sign up to receive Volunteer emails

You can choose the events you would like to hear from by signing into your parkrun profile here.

Or you can click the ‘volunteer opt-in’ button when you receive your results email after taking part in a parkrun. This then means that you’ll receive emails in the future from your local event when there are specific roles still available . You can just reply to the email to sign yourself up.

Club Run Report – Sunday 26th September

Marathon season is upon us folks. Some have been delayed; others moved from Spring. But however they got here, many of us will be taking part in them in the coming weeks.

Why, we ask ourselves? Why?

Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Paul Skillen 23:38, Joe Mathers 23:39, Aidy Hughes 26:25, Leo McAuley 27:39, Emily Murphy 28:46PB, David Esler 29:04, Marie McBrien 30:05, Joanne Milne 32:36, Neill McGlinchey 32:59, Janet Grew 33:18

Waterworks parkrun:
Dawn Blain 23:22 (and 1st female finisher), Lord Ian Brennan 23:56, Kevin Donnelly 24:01, Cathy Ryan 27:44, Claire McCann 32:13

Antrim parkrun:
Maeve Kennedy 25:01

Limavady parkrun:
Johnny Carey 27:35

Sixmilewater parkrun:
Tom Fleming 17:55 and yet another first place finish

Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun:
Clare Teer 27:37

Our tourist this week is Sarah Ross. Our Scotland correspondent completed the Queen’s parkrun in 24:20. This parkrun is held in south Glasgow. Glasgow was founded by St Mungo, the patron saint of salmon. It has an underground called The Clockwork Orange and is the birthplace of both the ultrasound machine and chicken tikka masala (maybe). I also understand it has some football teams. Who knew?

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:32PB and 1st finisher, Emily Murphy 9:20PB and second finisher, Kayden McClelland 9:33 and third finisher, Kobe McClelland 9:51, Matthew Hawkins 10:40, Sinead O’Hare 11:04PB

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Eloise McAuley 8:38PB, Leo McAuley 8:45, Hollie Brennan 16:21

In other racing, Anton and Anita Piatek both took on the Ecotrail 30k in Wicklow. Anton finished the hilly trail course around Bray in 4:11:22 and Anita in 4:50:11.

Today, our focus turned to Berlin. Bekele may have got his pacing wrong but Prof Alan Ladd certainly did not, finishing in an amazing 2:49:07. Karen McKee finished in 4:23:46 and Elaine Kennedy in 5:11:21.

Time to raise a few steins folks!

So, this week’s tune is for those who tackled the heat of Berlin today. I could use “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin but this is officially a Top Gun free zone (more of a Cocktail man myself, if I’m honest). I should use Bowie but we’ve done that before. So here’s one from a group of guys from Dublin who recorded this in Berlin. Not bad, but they’re no Prof Ladd.
Until next week, behave.

Keep safe when running at night

As the evenings are getting dark quickly, now is time to get out your night running gear. Even if you are heading out and its still bright, it could get dark as you are out on your run, so be prepared.

Wear bright coloured clothes, but this alone is not enough. Have some reflective material on also, while you think the bright clothes may be easily seen by oncoming cars, this will only be the case when the car is already close, reflective gear will allow the car to see you from a further distsnce away.Have your head torch/chest light or any other light up wearables ready and on.

The head/chest light will help you see where you are going, and help keep you visible. Don’t run with earphones on, or at least use bone conducting headphones, as these help you hear oncoming traffic. Run with someone if you can, and always tell someone where you are running and when you expect to be home or you could take your phone and share your location with someone.

Keep the evening runs enjoyable, but also be safe.

Runner of the month – August 2021 😎😎

Harriers took to the roads, track and parkruns in August to set new PBs galore – earning plenty of praise in the process.
And as Runner of the Month votes were cast, a photo-finish developed between two club stalwarts whose hard graft has certainly paid off.

Here are the nominees and what you had to say about them:
The frighteningly fast Tom Fleming continued to shine, making it all look so effortless.
“Tom has stepped up from the junior section to the senior training sessions.
“He listens to the coaches and has a great attitude. His hard work and dedication to training has resulted in a number of PBs at his parkruns and a number of first finishes.”

The slightly less youthful Kevin Donnelly blitzed his times yet again.
“Kevin’s excellent PB at the Larne half marathon is yet another example of how he keeps improving and challenging himself. Well done Kevin.”

Dawn Blain’s dedication and excellent progress didn’t go unnoticed either.
“Dawn keeps improving every week in training.”

At one stage it looked like Aidy Hughes had it in the bag for his 5k exploits.
“Puts all his effort into training sessions and it seems to be paying off with his recent PB.”
“Aidy has been putting in a lot of training and it’s showing on the track and 5k PBs.”
“Aidy has been working hard and always puts the effort in on Tuesday nights, which is showing in his recent PBs.”
“His dedication to training and for his recent well deserved 5k PB. A great representative for the club. Go Aidy!”

“Gets himself out to represent the club nearly every week and has hit numerous PBs in the last couple of weeks.”
Ultimately, however, Brendan McGeown’s stellar performance at Larne proved decisive. Amid wise-cracks about a club colleague’s socks, Benny trained hard and reaped the rewards by slashing his half marathon record.

“Unbelievable commitment to training for Larne, which resulted in a well deserved PB.”
“Easiest pick ever for ROTM. What a display at Larne Half Marathon… big PB and well deserved for the hard work Benny has put in. Absolute legend.”

“Great consistent training and taking three and a half minutes off his half marathon PB at Larne.”
“He has been putting in the hard work in the last number of weeks and this paid off with an awesome PB at Larne. Well done.”

“His hard work and determination certainly paid off in Larne for him. Well done.”
Congratulations Benny on being Runner of the Month for August… and well done to all who were nominated!

Runner of the Month – July 2021

An epic tussle unfolded as some fantastic achievements last month earned deserved recognition. Harriers voted in their numbers for those who either shone at training, raced faster, or completed one of the ultimate tests of endurance.

Here are the Runner of the Month nominees for July:

Dawn Blain drew praise for how her hard work and consistency has been paying off.
“She has been improving every week.”

Alex Davidson was again in the reckoning for the coveted cup based on his speedy showings every Saturday morning.
“Pains me to say it, but his many parkrun PBs and overall training make him a worthy candidate. But please never tell him I said that.”
“Consistently beating and improving his 5k times at parkruns. Great efforts!”
“Alex has quietly got himself back into PB shape with some stunning 5k efforts. In the process he’s shown there’s hope for the more “seasoned” runners still chasing times!”

And then there were two…

As the votes piled in, a pair of Harriers could barely be separated.

David Esler earned lavish praise and deserves an extra-special mention for the incredible accomplishment of becoming an Ironman at the Celtic Warrior triathlon event.
“Consistently hard training and smashing his Ironman.”
“One word – Ironman.”
“For his outstanding versatility in train

Runner of the Month – June 2021

Galvanised by the return of parkrun and increasing races, Harriers stepped up to the mark in June with some sparkling runs and gritty performances. A flurry of PBs, hiking in the mountains and a battle back from injury woes all caught the eye.
So without further ado, here are the Runner of the Month nominees and what you had to say about them:

The indomitable Janet Grew drew praise for her steely spirit and refusal to remain on the sidelines.
“Janet’s a perfect example of never giving up after injury after injury… good to see Janet back at training and doing races… one of my heroes.”

Patricia Curistan also impressed by completing the Mourne Seven Sevens, a test of endurance and mountain skills which this resilient Harrier met head-on.
“For her efforts round the Mournes for charity. Awesome achievement.”

Moving on, speed obviously runs in the Davidson family genes. Our chairman, Alex Davidson, proved his regular exhortation that ‘winter miles equals summer smiles’ by getting into PB-shape at the Valley.
“It was fantastic to be back at parkrun in June, and one of the results that really stood out on the first weekend was Alex. He’s obviously worked really hard through lockdown, and great to see him in terrific shape and running fast times again.”

Not to be outdone, Ben Davidson smashed his own PB with a spectacular 19:47 run at the Valley parkrun.
“Ben has been training really well on Tuesdays and it paid off with a first ever sub-20 5k. Also special mention for Tom Fleming with a brilliant 18:35 at the Valley.”

Brilliant running and well done to everyone for the hard-earned nominations. However, top billing will come as no surprise given the stellar form this Harrier has shown on both road and trail.

Runner of the Month for June is: Kevin Donnelly.
“Kevin is the most humble and unassuming man who seems to just get faster and faster. He has had amazing performances this month, including a PB at the Coast Road 10k.”

“Kevin’s had a brilliant all-round month of training and racing. He followed up a fantastic 10k PB at Down Royal with an impressive showing at the Cairncastle Fell Race.”

Congratulations Kevin on the richly deserved recognition!

Runner of the Month – May 2021

It is hard to believe that our last Runner of the Month award was back in November! Thankfully as restrictions begin to ease and we can get back to training and racing, we can also get back to honouring the efforts put in by members each month.

There was definitely no shortage of effort throughout May, with a mixture of hard work in training, fast racing and mammoth distances completed. This has been reflected in a number of worthy nominees:

First up, Gemma Fowler: “Gemma has improved so much in her running.”

Next up, Neil Campbell: “Neil’s performance at the recent NIURA event was outstanding. Not only did he run 100K but he achieved a podium winning third place. Congratulations Neil.”

Not forgetting, Lee O’Boyle: “For his superb effort and 1st place at the NIURA 100k race.”

As always there can only be one winner and for May it is none other than Angela Stevens!
“Serious amount of training and effort went into completing her recent ultra marathon! Such a fantastic achievement!”
“Fantastic performance at her first ultra marathon!”
“All I can say is 50k, unbelievable.”
“Amazing lady running her first ultra.”

Congratulations Angela, well deserved!

Co-Op Local Community Fund

Mallusk Harriers were one of three local community groups that were part of the Co-Op’s Local Community Fund. The fund helps pay for local projects that Co-Op members care about. Every  1% of what they spend on selected own-branded products and services goes to help fund community projects. The final total for Mallusk Harriers is £2,112,26. Jeanette from Co-Op Beverley Road presented the cheque today.#MakingADifference .