Club Race Report – 27th February 2022

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:

 Sean Doherty 22:58, ADav 23:12, Sinead O’Hare 29:07, John ROTM Teer 40:01, Marie McBrien 44:44, Owen Fulton 54:57  

Waterworks parkrun:

Joe Mathers 21:16, Suzanne Brennan 24:21, David Esler 25:46, Claire McCann 33:34, Lord Ian Brennan 36:04

Victoria parkrun:

Dermot Boyd 31:46

Ormeau parkrun:

Stephen Armour 20:21, Sharon Dunn 25:40, Sarah Ross 26:28

Antrim parkrun

Paul Skillen 23:21, Maeve Kennedy 24:26

Sixmilewater parkrun:

Tom Fleming 17:52 and 2nd finisher, Elijah Cushley 21:56, Bernie McAllister 26:40, Andrew McNevison 31:30

And 2 parkrun tourists this week.

Martin McCready was at the first ever Derrynoid parkrun, finishing in 32:44. Well done to the new team at Derrynoid! This one is run in Derrynoyd Forest near Draperstown.

And Maeve Dunseath was at the Donabate parkrun, completing in a time of 26:03. This one takes place in the grounds of Newbridge House in Donabate, just north of Dublin. Newbridge House, a Georgian mansion, was a location for the 1965 Richard Burton film “The Spy Who Came in From The Cold”. (7.6 on IMDB folks!)

Jordanstown junior parkrun:

Elijah Cushley 7:58PB and first finisher again!, Joseph Eager 9:35, Ben Halliday 11:13, Matthew Hawkins 12:01

Waterworks junior parkrun:

Jessie Smith 11:36, Lexi Smith

In other racing this week, Aidy Hughes dug out yet another Tyrone-based deep cut. This time it was the Mountfield Community Association 5k. Aidy finished in 26:34

Alan Kerr completed his tour of the Sperrin Harriers Winter Trail Series with the Parkanaur 10 mile race, the longest of the series. Alan finished in 1:39:06.

Three Harriers took part in the EAMS World Marathon event yesterday, all at the half marathon distance. Johnny Carey finished in 1:50:36 and Elaine Kennedy in 2:15:52 but the result of the day was Prof Alan Ladd who won the event with a crackin’ PB time of 1:20:08.

Results for the Junior East Coast XC event are still to be published so we’ll catch them up next week.

So this week’s tune is for Alan. He completed his win in 80 mins and 8 secs. So here’s an 808 State classic for all the overage cheesy quavers at the club. Glow sticks at the ready…..

Until next week, behave.


Club Race Report – 23rd January 2022

A quieter week after the excitement of our XC event last week. 3k time trials and Sunday long runs were enough to keep most of us occupied this week.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:

Ben Davidson 22:51, Elijah Cushley 23:01, Johnny Carey 23:10PB, Neil McCready 23:30, ADav 24:01, Sarah Ross 24:04 (and first female finisher), Paul Skillen 26:17, Neill McGlinchey 31:12, Cathy Ryan 32:27, Anita Piatek 34:01, Joanne Milne 36:09, John Teer 38:27, Marie McBrien 41:19

Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 21:57, David Esler 24:13PB, Lord Ian Brennan 26:01, Claire McCann 31:46, Martin McCready 32:56

Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 29:26

Sixmilewater parkrun
Bernie McAllister 26:30PB

Knockbracken Reservoir parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 31:59
This week’s “tourists” were Stephen Semple and Maeve Kennedy who bravely ventured to sunny Strabane, the jewel of West Tyrone. Stephen finished his first visit to this parkrun in 22:55 and Maeve in 24:06.
Strabane is the birthplace of John Dunlap, who we all know printed the United States Declaration of Independence. It is also the home of Hugo Duncan who is, another person.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Emily Murphy 8:47PB, Sinead O’Hare 10:03, Ben Halliday 12:51, Matthew Hawkins 12:58

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Jessie Smith 12:48, Hollie Brennan 14:21, Lexi Smith 14:28

Some of our juniors were running with the big boys (and girls) yesterday at the International XC event at Billy Neill Playing Fields:
Under 13 Girls:
Emily Murphy 10:18
Sinead O’Hare 11:22
Under 15 Boys:
Tom Fleming 10:58

Speaking of tourists, Angela Stevens found somewhere even more exotic than Strabane. Honestly.
Angela took part in the Kearsney Striders Half Marathon in Durban, South Africa finishing in 2:40:02.
So, here’s a tune to commemorate Angela’s far away efforts. Hope the club vest was on show! And yes, I know this should be Toto. But where’s the fun in that…
Until next week, behave.

Runner of the Month – December 2021

Runner of the Month – December
Ignoring the temptation to take it easy over the festive period, plenty of Harriers kept up their training during December. Those efforts were rewarded with some brilliant PBs and fantastic race performances.
And for one unsung hero all the hard graft finally paid off.

Here are December’s Runner of the Month nominees, and what you had to say about them:

Cathy Ryan caught your attention with a stunning 5k effort.
“Outstanding PB performance at Victoria parkrun, showing that all the hard work on Tuesdays does pay off!
“Cathy’s time really stood out amongst some really strong performances that day.”

Eloise McAuley and Sinead O’Hare were also mentioned in dispatches.
“For fantastic performances at XC and parkruns.”

Dawn Blain’s consistency earned further recognition.
“Because Dawn puts everything into her speed sessions.”

Micky McAuley has been a stalwart of cross country season, turning up and shining in every race entered.
“Really consistent training block, rounded off with a lung-busting effort at the Christmas Cracker. Been a regular representative of the club at XC events throughout December.”
Stephen Gallagher’s bold sartorial statement was impressive in its own right.
“Wearing a tutu like no other member at the Christmas Cracker.”

Clare Teer reaped the rewards for her motivation, achieving a superb time.
“Hitting a 5k PB, showing the success from her constant commitment and dedication to training. Well done Clare.”

But of course there can only be one winner.
A legend with the ability to sniff out any 5k being staged within a 30 mile radius, this Harrier finally got his hands on the much-coveted cup.
December’s Runner of the Month is the one and only Aidy “Runner” Hughes.
“Feel like he has put in that little bit of extra work over the past month.”
“Aidy works hard at training and enters lots of 5k races. He’s a great running buddy and shows so much enthusiasm. Long overdue recognition.”
Congratulations Aidy, and well done to everyone nominated!

Club Run Report – 13th December 2021

Apologies for the late report but I took the whole weekend to make sure that Cavillator Towers is lit up like a Heathrow runway. Those reindeers aren’t going to light themselves you know. Worked so hard that I gave myself tinselitus. Sorry.
Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:
Ben Davidson 21:45 and 3rd finisher, Johnny Carey 23:24PB, Ramunas Stanevicius 24:06, Stephen Semple 24:39, Paul Skillen 24:41, Maeve Kennedy 24:49, David Esler 27:15, Alan Erwin 27:16, Clare Teer 38:47, John Teer 38:48, Gemma Fowler 38:48, Marie McBrien 41:30

And a big congratulations to Clare Teer on achieving her 100th parkrun!
Victoria parkrun:

Stephen Armour 2036, Sharon Dunn 25:42

Queen’s parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 31:15

Falls parkrun:
Lord Ian Brennan 24:37

Wallace parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 32:25

Ormeau parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 20:29

Comber parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 23:19

Sixmilewater parkrun:
Tom Fleming 17:39PB and 2nd finisher
And ADav was back at the Valley again, finishing in 22:33.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:27, Matthew Hawkins 10:52

The only other racing this week was back on the mud. This time it was the Acorns AC XC event at MUSA, Cookstown. Belfast’s fittest family, the McAuleys, had a nice wee day out.
Eloise McAuley 1:29 (2nd place overall and 1st female finisher)
Leo McAuley 3:13, Sinead O’Hare 4:03
Men’s Race
Micky McAuley 30:55
Sperrin Harriers Winter League trail series. Lough Fea
Alan Kerr 25.38

So, this week’s tune is to settle one Xmas argument before it even starts. Yes, Diehard is a Xmas movie (his wife is even called Holly for Santa’s sake). Yes, it is the best Xmas movie. End. Of.
Until next week, behave.

Club Run Report – 28th November 2021

This week it wasn’t just me suffering from wind as several parkruns also felt the effects. But that didn’t stop our XC teams or road racers as you will see below. It’ll take more than Arwen to blow them off course. Thank you, I’ll be here all week…..

Firstly, a late result off the Vidiprinter – last week’s XC Comber Cup at Billy Neill Playing Fields.
Kevin Donnelly 35:50, Michael McAuley 36:13, Ramunas Stanevicius 36:27, Stephen Gallagher 37:48, Sean Doherty 40:15, Johnny Carey 43:40

Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun:
Tom Fleming 19:02 and 2nd finisher, Ramunas Stanevicius 23:06, Johnny Carey 23:31PB, Elijah Cushley 26:25, Clare Teer 27:46, Emily Murphy 29:11, Cathy Ryan 32:47, John Teer 40:14

Waterworks parkrun:
Joe Mathers 22:03, Kevin Donnelly 23:57, Stephen Semple 24:18, Maeve Kennedy 25:27, Claire McCann 30:54
And we had tourists again this week. 4 Harriers headed east to the music capital of England (not up for debate),

Manchester. Taking part in the Peel parkrun were Stephen Armour 21:53, ADav 22:16, Sharon Dunn 30:34, Joanne Milne 30:35. Many of you will be familiar with Peel Park from the works of LS Lowry, obviously. But you may be more surprised to learn that the park was not named after famed DJ John Peel. Although it bloody should be.

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:58 and 3rd finisher, Matthew Hawkins 13:39

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Eloise McAuley 8:52 and 2nd finisher, Leo McAuley 10:05, Jessie Smith 12:59

There was yet another outing for the mudsuckers this weekend as several Harriers, both junior and senior, competed in the Malcolm Cup at Queens Dub playing fields.
U13 Girls:
Emily Murphy 7:14, Sinead O’Hare 8:28
Men’s Masters:
Alan Kerr 24:37
Women’s Race:
Sarah O’Kane 24:46, Pamela McCafferty 25:08, Gemma Fowler 33:23, Hannah Hope 33:23
Men’s Race:
Kevin Donnelly 26:17, Micky McAuley 27:29, Stephen Gallagher 28:51, Alan Erwin 28:57

But there was other racing this week too. Elaine Kennedy and Matthew Carvill took part in the Born2Run Loughgall 10k, Mathew finishing in 50:35 and Elaine in 59:25. And Dermot Boyd finished the Joe Duffy Clontarf 5 mile road race in 49:33.

I tried to think of a decent song about wind but I’ve done both of them before. So this week’s tune is for the famous four who headed to Manchester and are now declared the Harriers own version of ABBA. Enjoy.
Until next week, behave.

Club Run Report – 21st November 2021

Well, have you spent your £100 voucher yet? Have you spent it on gifts for the runner in your life? Or someone else’s life? How could you let another Xmas go by without a hilarious quote on a mug? Or a hat with a built-in lamp? Or Suzie Brennan socks? Just remember folks, buy local!

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:
Ramunas Stanevicius 24:01, Emily Murphy 26:22PB, Paul Skillen 26:23, Joe Mathers 27:26, Lord Ian Brennan 27:26, Clare Teer 28:06, Neill McGlinchey 29:33, Joanne Milne 30:22, Sharon Dunn 30:22, Roisin Brooks 30:38, John Teer 39:20, Marie McBrien 44:55

And well done Joanne on completing your 100th parkrun. Despite your Friday night training regime!

Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 18:51, Stephen Semple 24:32, Maeve Kennedy 24:59, Ciaran Wright 25:49, Sinead O’Hare 27:18, Claire McCann 28:59, Neil McCready 29:42, Mairead O’Hare 41:27 (welcome back Mairead!)

Wallace parkrun:
Dermot Boyd 32:08

Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 29:27

Comber parkrun:
David Esler 24:28

Hillsborough Forest parkrun:
Elijah Cushley 23:11

And we finally had a tourist again this week. Obi Wan McCready was at Deerpark Forest parkrun, finishing in 37:20. The results stated this parkrun was in Virginia so I had visions of Marty running up the Blue Ridge mountains or crossing Chesapeake Bay. But no, he wasn’t in the home of the Algonquian and Laurel and Hardy, he was in County Cavan. So fairly similar then, just not as far away.
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:22 and 2nd finisher, Emily Murphy 9:02 and 1st female finisher, Sinead O’Hare 10:17

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:42 and 1st finisher, Eloise McAuley 8:45 and 2nd finisher, Kayden McClelland 9:09PB, Kobe McClelland 9:38PB, Hollie Brennan 14:55

And great to see some family battles at the front end of this parkrun.
And ADav was at the Valley finishing in 22:30

There was another outing for the mudsuckers this weekend as several Harriers competed, mainly for survival, in the Comber Cup at Billy Neill Paying Fields.

Unfortunately, results are not available until tomorrow so I’ll have to update next week.
And as usual, Tom Fleming was representing the club at national level, this time at the National Cross Country Championships in Santry. Tom finished in a more than respectful 36th place in the U16 4k race in 14:12.
So, this week’s tune is definitely not related to any recent footballing stories. (Come on, it’s been a quiet week on the running front!). And it’s a chance to play an absolute belter. Pity Utd can’t do the same.
Until next week, behave.

Club Run Report – 7th November 2021

Some Harriers claimed that Ballyboley Forest was haunted. Some told chilling tales of the ghostly cries of children heard in its woods. Some were heard screaming this morning but only with laughter when one of our hardy Sunday trail runners took a nosedive into the mud.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:
Ben Davidson 21:20, Joe Mathers 22:10, Elijah Cushley 23:16PB, Paul Skillen 23:21, Eloise McAuley 25:03PB (and 2nd female finisher!), Clare Teer 27:51, Galina Stanevicius 29:53, Ramunas Stanevicius 29:54, Joanne Milne 29:55, Marie McBrien 33:24, John Teer 39:15

Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 19:28, Johnny Carey 22:50PB, Joseph Eager 23:36PB, Lord Ian Brennan 23:49, Maeve Kennedy 24:38, David Esler 27:36, Claire McCann 29:59

Victoria parkrun
Ciaran Wright 22:56

Antrim parkrun:
Elaine Kennedy 31:06
Queen’s Glasgow parkrun:
Sarah Ross 25:38
Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Sinead O’Hare 11:20, Matthew Hawkins 12:18
Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 9:20, Eloise McAuley 11:11, Hollie Brennan 13:59

And ADav was at the Valley finishing in 23:20
Also on Saturday was the Born2Run Minnowburn 10k. Bernard McKeaveney finished in 55:18 and Dermot Boyd in 1:07:17.

It was another XC weekend for the mudsuckers. For most that meant Ballyclare and the McConell Shield:
Emily Murphy 7:40, Sinead O’Hare 8:33
Ladies 3 mile:
Suzanne Brennan 24:10, Sharon Dunn 27:17
Men’s 5 mile:
Micky McAuley 34:59, Alan Erwin 36:36, Stephen Armour 36:52, Sean Doherty 38:20, Brendan McGeown 38:48, Jonny Smith 40:17, Alan Kerr 44:37, Aidy Hughes 44:57
Tom Fleming was representing the club at the big boys XC, the NI & Ulster Uneven Ages XC Championship in Stranorlar. Tom finished an amazing 6th in the U15 Boys race in 11:30

Last, but certainly not least, Angela Stevens was at it again, this time completing the Tour of the Island Half Marathon around Islandmagee in 2:33:21.

So, this week’s tune is for the unnamed Harrier who hit the soggy deck this morning. But remember, its not about falling down, it’s all about how you get back up and keep going. (Just remember to pause your watch though).
Until next week, behave.

Club Run Report – 31st October 2021

The shops are full of mince pies and selection boxes and the television is full of toy ads. It must be Halloween already!
That reminds me though, Social Boy needs some more names down for the Harrier Xmas Dinner.

Why not take this opportunity to share some festive cheer with your favourite Harriers and see how they look in real clothes (answer is the ladies look amazing and the gents, unfortunately, look exactly the same). Bad jokes, bad dancing and bad behaviour are all guaranteed so get on the merch store and buy some tickets for Dec 4th. Now.

Taking on the parkruns this week were:

Valley parkrun:
Ben Davidson 21:22 and 3rd finisher, Stephen Armour 22:22, Sarah Ross 23:50, Lord Ian Brennan 24:14PB, Suzanne Brennan 24:17, Joe Mathers 25:19, Elijah Cushley 28:15, Clare Teer 28:31, Anton Piatek 29:20, Galina Stanevicius 29:42, Ramunas Stanevicius 29:43, Marie McBrien 30:18, Joanne Milne 30:19, Sharon Dunn 33:24, Owen Fulton 33:25, John Teer 39:17

Waterworks parkrun:
Kevin Donnelly 20:57, Elaine Kennedy 28:57

Victoria parkrun:
Stephen Semple 24:04, Maeve Kennedy 24:21
ECOS parkrun:
Tom Fleming 18:18PB and 3rd finisher, Peter Fleming 22:26PB
Portrush parkrun:
Nikki Fleck 30:10
Ormeau parkrun:
Emily Murphy 28:00

Antrim parkrun:
David Esler 26:38

Limavady parkrun:
Johnny Carey 22:53

Jordanstown junior parkrun:
Joseph Eager 8:22 and 2nd finisher, Sinead O’Hare 10:20PB, Matthew Hawkins 13:57

Waterworks junior parkrun:
Leo McAuley 8:33, Eloise McAuley 8:34PB, Emily Murphy 8:56PB, Jessie Smith 12:45PB

And ADav was at the Valley finishing in 26:06

XC season continued yesterday with the North Down AC Festival of Cross Country. The Harriers were represented at both junior and senior level:

Primary School Boys:
Jack O’Neill 7:07
Primary School Girls:
Sinead O’Hare 8:40
U13 Girls:
The unstoppable Sinead O’Hare 18:21
Senior Men:
Micky McAuley 26:50, Alan Erwin 27:22

Our perfect cousin was at it again this weekend. Kevin Donnelly took part in the Armagh 10 mile road race this morning. His unofficial time was 1:02:13

And I should also mention the achievement of Prof Alan Ladd and his brother Jonny. They both ran from Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds to Bolton Hospice in, er, Bolton. A distance of only 51 miles with a few inclines (i.e. The Pennines) included for fun!

This was to raise funds for both institutions who have looked after family members in the past.
So, this week’s tune could have been for Alan. It could have been for the XC juniors, it could even have been for Kevin again.
But no, this week’s tune is for Roseann and Marie. 2 Harriers who loved the Sunday trail run so much that they decided to try and stay in the forest all day. The rest of us did 6 or 7 miles. They did…. more.

One lap is never enough is their new motto. Ladies, we salute you (when we can find you).
Until next week, behave.

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.


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.

🎉🎉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

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.


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

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.


🎉🎉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. 🏆