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!
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
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. 🏆
Eloise McAuley is one of our rising stars at Mallusk Harriers juniors. Showing us all how its done, especially with your performances in XC Congratulations Eloise, on your 2nd place with EastCoast XC, collecting her trophy on the 3rd of April. You are amazing!
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“Gives his all every week at Tuesday intervals, helps with pacing other runners & is a great encourager to everyone.”
“Every-week I feel he is getting faster and stronger and puts in 110% in every session.”
“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’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!