Over 400 runners participate in final race of 2012:
On Monday 31st December 2012, over four hundred runners participated in the final race of the year, the Lough 5 mile road race in County Tyrone.
In blustery conditions, it was two of the country’s top athletes of 2012 that impressed most. As the whistle sounded, Eddie Mc Ginley (Annadale Striders) surged clear, only pursued by Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley AC), Gareth Hill (Ballymena & Antrim AC) and James Speight (Finn Valley AC).
By the second mile, Eddie (09:54) had developed a slender lead, with Keith (10:02) and Gareth (10:02) just behind. Young James Speight (10:06) was a mere four seconds behind the chasing duo and still in contention.
In the ladies race, St Peters AC’s Patricia O’Hagan was the star of the show. She went through two miles (11:58) neck and neck with Monaghan Phoenix AC’s Donna Evans (11:58) but upped the pace significantly in the latter stages, with Clones AC’s Helen Stockdale (12:27) and Omagh Harriers’ Sara Moore (12:32) in tow.
As supporters waited at the finish, it was Eddie Mc Ginley who appeared first, crossing the line in an excellent 25:14 to seal victory. Keith Shiels took 2nd place in 25:50, with Gareth Hill (26:20) in 3rd place.
Patricia O’Hagan took ten seconds per mile out of Donna Evans in the final three miles to finish well clear in 30:47, a 5 mile personal best. Donna (31:17) settled for a well-deserved 2nd place with Northern Ireland International Cross Country star Helen Stockdale (32:35) in 3rd place.
Top 3 Men: 1st Eddie Mc Ginley (Annadale Striders) – 25:14, 2nd Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley AC) – 25:50, 3rd Gareth Hill (Ballymena & Antrim AC) – 26:20
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Patricia O’Hagan (St Peter’s AC) – 30:47, 2nd Donna Evans (Monaghan Phoenix AC) – 31:17, 3rd Helen Stockdale (Clones AC) – 32:35
Full Results: Lough 5 Results 2012
Harty and Mc Ginley celebrate podium places in Christmas Cracker:
On Sunday 16th December 2012, at least four Northern Ireland runners were amongst three hundred participants in the annual running of the ERP Christmas Cracker 5km Road Race, organised by Clonliffe Harriers.
It turned out to be a worthwhile trip for all
four, with Annadale Striders’ Eddie Mc Ginley finishing in 2nd place
after clocking an excellent 15:06. He was
only beaten by Tallaght AC’s Tom Fitzpatrick who crossed the line in 14:42. St Malachy’s AC star John Frazer (15:39)
finished in 7th place, while Eddie’s Annadale Striders club mate
Ryan Mc Dermott recorded 15:51 to finish in 9th place.
In the ladies race, Newcastle AC’s leading lady Kerry Harty (16:47) was an impressive winner, finishing well clear of her nearest challenger; Elish Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) who ran 17:12.
Top 3 Men: 1st Tom Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) – 14:42, 2nd Eddie Mc Ginley (Annadale Striders) – 15:06, 3rd Emmet Dunleavy (Sligo AC) – 15:24
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Kerry Harty (Newcastle AC) – 16:47, 2nd Elish Kelly (Raheny Shamrock AC) – 17:12, 3rd Theresa Mc Gloin (Finn Valley AC) – 17:23
Results: ERP Christmas Cracker 2012 Results
Mc Alister and O’Kane win first edition of Ballymena Runners ‘Slemish Charity Race’:
Runners from the Ballymena area participated, with good representation from Sperrin Harriers, Mourne Runners, Larne AC, Lagan Valley AC, East Antrim Harriers and Orangegrove AC. In limited visibility, it was Ballymena Runners’ Emmet Mc Alister who led the field home in 27:01. He was closely followed by East Antrim Harriers’ Billy Reid (27:10) in 2nd place, with Gary Bailey (Mourne Runners) taking 3rd place in 27:42.
In the ladies race, Shileen O'Kane (Lagan Valley AC) crossed the line in 31:53 to secure victory ahead of her club mates Anne Sandford (32:38) and Hazel Mc Laughlin (TBC), who finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
Every runner had the added incentive to reach the top of the mountain, as they received a festive treat in the form of a Tunnock's Snowball, kindly provided by Santa Claus who doubled as one the race marshals! After finishing, the competitors were invited back to Tom's house and treated to a fantastic array of Swedish baking and Glogg kindly provided by Tom's wife Jeanette who hails from Stockholm.
main purpose of the event was to raise money for worthwhile charities; a total
of £440 was collected on the day for Myeloma UK and the MDS UK Patient Support
Group. These are two charities that Tom
has continually supported in their fantastic efforts towards patients and
families who have been affected by bone marrow cancers. Due
the success of the “one-off” event Tom and Mark are looking at the possibility
of this becoming an annual fixture. Watch this space!
Top 3 Men: 1st Emmet McAlister (Ballymena
Runners) – 27:01, 2nd Billy Reid (East Antrim Harriers) – 27:10,
3rd Gary Bailey (Mourne Runners) – 27:42
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Shileen O'Kane (Lagan Valley AC) – 31:53, 2nd Anne Sandford (Lagan Valley AC) – 32:38, 3rd Hazel McLaughlin (Lagan Valley AC) - TBC
City of Derry AC host a day of competitive XC racing:
On Saturday 15th December 2012, City
of Derry AC hosted the fourth round of the Athletics Northern Ireland Winter
Cross Country League (also incorporated in the NIMMA Winter League).
In perfect running conditions, Gransha Park
was an ideal setting for the days racing.
The programme commenced with the boys and girls U-13 race (unconfirmed
distance), where the host club celebrated their first victory of the day after
Clodagh Laverty (5:41) won impressively.
Inishowen AC’s Michael Doherty won the boys equivalent in 5:13.
Next up was the boys and girls U-15 1400m race, which was dominated by Enniskillen based athletes, with the towns St Michael’s College fielding almost twenty runners while Enniskillen Running Club added several more. The race was won by Ryan Lynan (St Michael’s College) after he crossed the line in 5:56, while Enniskillen Running Club’s Adele Monaghan (6:23) won the girls race.
In the U-17 4km race, athletes covered two laps of the flat, fast course. In a competitive affair it was the host club who went home celebrating, after Shane McGowan (13:50) and Aoife Laverty (15:49) completed a fantastic double.
The main race of the day, including the Male/Female - Open/Veteran/U-20 categories covered 6km and attracted a high quality field. After a blistering start, Declan Reed (City of Derry AC), Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC), Dave Morwood (Annadale Striders) and Noel Logan (City of Derry AC) settled at the front with Ryan Holt (Willowfield Harriers), Connor Magill (North Belfast Harriers), Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley AC) and Alan O’Hara (North Belfast Harriers) close behind.
In the ladies race, outstanding North Belfast Harriers’ Gladys Ganiel O’Neill stamped her authority early on, establishing what was quite obviously a race winning lead within the opening lap. Fionnuala Diver (Letterkenney AC) followed with Patricia O’Hagan (St Peter’s AC), Jessica Craig (North Down AC), Katherine Whoriskey (City of Derry AC), Sara Moore (Omagh Harriers), and Anne Paul (City of Derry AC) all in close proximity.
Numerous battles were played out at the head of the field before Declan Reed moved clear in the final lap; holding on to secure a notable victory, crossing the line in 18:59. Dave Morwood (19:07) ran well to finish in 2nd place, while Scott Rankin (19:24) continued his excellent form to take 3rd place. Willowfield Harriers’ young Ryan Holt added another title to his list, after leading the U-20’s home in 19:51.
In the closing stages of the ladies event, Gladys Ganiel O’Neill continued her impressive run to increase her lead over the chasing pack. Well clear of any possible challenger she broke the tape in 21:38 to take 1st place. Fionnuala Diver managed to forge ahead of Patricia and Jessica, taking 2nd place in 22:37. In a close finish, Patricia O’Hagan (22:54) just beat Jessica Craig (4th place - 22:59) to 3rd place.
Top 3 Men: 1st Declan Reed (City of Derry AC) – 18:59, 2nd Dave Morwood (Annadale Striders) - 19:07, 3rd Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC) – 19:24
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers) – 21:38, 2nd Fionnuala Diver (Letterkenny AC) – 22:38, 3rd Patricia O’Hagan (St Peter’s AC) – 22:54
Full Results: North West Cross Country Results 2012 - We have been made aware of possible errors within the attached results. Should these be confirmed and changed, we will add the revised link.
Northern Ireland XC League moves to Gransha, Derry/Londonderry:
On Saturday 15th December 2012, attention turns to the last major Cross Country event of the year; the North West Cross Country, in Gransha Grounds, Derry/Londonderry.
The junior race will feature a wealth of the
country’s talent, with the likes of Emma Hutchinson (Ballymena & Antrim
AC), Rachel Brown (Ballymena & Antrim AC), Luke Dinsmore (Springwell
Running Club), Cloadgh Laverty (City of Derry AC), Christy Conlon (Beechmount
Harriers), Toni Moore (Omagh Harriers), Sean Corry (Omagh Harriers) and Sara
Moore (Omagh Harriers) all likely to race.
The 6km ‘Open Race’ will include; Male/Female - Senior/Vets and U-20 athletes and will therefore be highly competitive. Host club, City of Derry AC will be very well represented, with Conor Bradley, Declan Reed, Greg Roberts, Emmett Mc Ginty and Noel Logan all likely to head the field. Alan O’Hara (North Belfast Harriers), Niall Robinson (North Down AC) and Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley AC) will be amongst the group as well.
Keith’s Foyle Valley AC club mates Scott Rankin and ius Mc Intyre should race, and both will hope to bring their recent good form on other terrains into Cross Country. Scott ran the race of his life at the Seeley 10k last month, while Pius has enjoyed consecutive wins in the Sperrin Harriers Trail Series. Paul Carroll (Annadale Striders) should place well if he travels, as will North Down AC’s Francis Marsh.
North Belfast Harriers men Gareth Grew, Jim Benson, Andrew Considine and Eddie Cooke will all be in the mix for a high finish, while outstanding veteran Tommy Hughes should contest the Vet50 category. Mark Wright (Annadale Striders), Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers), Gary Keenan (Orangegrove AC), Declan Mc Carthy (City of Derry AC) and Irwin Spiers (Sperrin Harriers) will also be in the hunt for category prizes and Shane Mc Gowan (City of Derry AC) will have his eyes on the U-20 title, but he could face opposition from Willowfield Harriers’ Ryan Holt.
Meanwhile, in the ladies event; Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers) will race, and should lead the charge. However, Patricia O’Hagan (St Peters AC), Jessica Craig (North Down AC) and local lady Katherine Whoriskey (City of Derry AC) will be in hot pursuit and with all three in great form, it will be interesting to see who takes the remaining podium places.
The aforementioned ladies should be joined up front by Rachel Gibson (North Down AC), Judi Graham (North Belfast Harriers), Catherine Lilburn (City of Derry AC), Julie Butler (Omagh Harriers), Trish Mc Clintock (Foyle Valley AC) and Marina Campbell (City of Derry AC). All have been performing well of late, so they will be ready to move should the opportunity present itself.
Gillian Wasson (Springwell Running Club), Julie Balmer (North Down AC), Helen Stockdale (Clones AC), Michelle Strum (Omagh Harriers), Jackie Mc Ginley (City of Derry AC) and Roisin Hughes (North Belfast Harriers) will be in or around the top ten if they decide to compete.
As always, Northern Ireland’s seven ‘parkrun’ events will take place as normal on Saturday morning, please visit our dedicated ‘parkrun’ section within the fixtures area to locate your nearest event.
Robb secures ‘All Ireland’ title amid NI success at XC event:
On Sunday 9th December 2012, a large contingent of Northern Ireland runners travelled to Adamstown, County Wexford for the ‘All Ireland Novice and Junior (Uneven Age Group) Cross Country Championships’.
In the U-11 1500m boys race, Mid Ulster AC’s Aidan Mc Cluskey (5:38) was the top northern finisher in 21st place, while Ella Quinn (22nd place) lead the girls across the line (No time available). Omagh Harriers’ Sean Corry just missed a podium finish in the U-13 2500m race, taking 4th place in 8:53. Results for the U-13 girls are still unavailable.
Another of the Omagh Harrier’s representatives,
Toni Moore finished in 7th place in the U-15 girls 3500m race. While in the boys equivalent, Beechmount
Harriers’ Christy Conlon (12:01) finished in 3rd place, helping the
Northern Ireland club to 3rd place in the team standings. The other scoring members were; Conor Magee
(9th place – 12:14), Niall Mc Ilhatton (32nd place – 12:46)
and Pearse Mc Cormick (72nd place – 13:32). Christy, Conor and Niall along with City of
Lisburn AC’s Tom Baird (11th place – 12:19), St Malachys AC’s Eoin
Mc Cann (16th place – 12:25) and *Club Unknown* James Edgar (22nd
place – 12:33) secured a 2nd place finish for Antrim in the County standings.
Arguably the highlight of the day came when St Malachys AC’s Paddy Robb (16:44) won the extremely competitive U-17 5km men’s race. He, along with club mates James Smyth (23rd place – 17:56), Ronan O’Fril (43rd place – 18:25) and Daryll Mc Nicholl (53rd place – 18:31), Lagan Valley AC’s Ryan Sharkey (6th place – 17:08) and Beechmount Harriers’ Odhran Copeland (34th place – 18:11) helped Antrim to 3rd place in the County competition.
Not to be outdone, the following U-17 ladies secured 2nd place for Antrim on the County podium after performing well in their 4km race; City of Lisburn AC’s Zoe Carruthers (10th place – 15:58), Beechmount Harriers’ Caitriona Mc Gloin (25th place – 16:36) and Lagan Valley AC quartet Emma Laverty (12th place – 16:09), Harriet Gilmore (22nd place – 16:36), Bronagh Maguire (32nd plac – 17:03) and Ella Davis (38th place – 17:14).
In the U-19 ladies 4km race, Omagh Harriers’ Sara Moore produced an outstanding display of running to finish in 3rd place, crossing the line in 15:48. Lagan Valley AC’s Elaine Burch also ran well, recording 16:45 (14th place). Meanwhile, in the U-19 men’s 6km event, St Malachy’s AC celebrated another medal winning performance when Ben Branagh (20:22) sealed a well-deserved 3rd place.
In the Novice men’s 6km race, Aidan Mc Cormack (St Malachy’s AC) led the Northern Ireland contingent home in 21:05 (36th place). The Novice ladies results are still unavailable.
For full results please visit: www.athleticsireland.ie
*Note* Due to a major systems failure, some results (and or times) are still
unavailable. These will be added to the
Athletics Ireland website when they are produced. We will in-turn add any further notable
performances to the above summary.
Doherty & Bridge win North West Triathlon Club’s 5km Road Race:
On Sunday 9th December 2012, North West Triathlon Club held the second of their Winter 5km Road (Running) Races, along the banks of the River Foyle, Derry/Londonderry.
With over 150 participants involved, it was
local man Conor Doherty (City of Derry AC) who impressed most, he led the field
from start to finish, breaking the tape in 16:41 to seal a well-deserved
Behind him, the battle was much closer, with Stephen Connor (Foyle Valley AC), Gary Mc Dermott (Unattached) and Mark Mullen (City of Derry AC) all involved in a tussle for the final two podium places. Stephen Connor managed to take 2nd place in 17:18, before Gary Mc Dermott (17:23) just edged out mark Mullen (4th place - 17:24) for 3rd place.
The ladies race was a close affair also, upfront; City of Derry AC club mates Miriam Bridge and Hannah Shields both ran well, but it was Miriam who secured a narrow victory after crossing the line in 19:25. Hannah Shields took 2nd place in 19:34, before unattached athlete Martina Hegarty (20:49) finished in 3rd place, claiming her second podium finish of the series and taking nearly thirty seconds off her Race 1 time.
Top 3 Men: 1st Conor Doherty (City of Derry AC) – 16:41, 2nd Stephen Connor (Foyle Valley AC) – 17:18, 3rd Gary Mc Dermott (Unattached) – 17:23
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Miriam Bridge (City of Derry AC) – 19:25, 2nd Hannah Shields (City of Derry AC) – 19:34, 3rd Martina Hegarty (Unattached) – 20:49
Results: North West Triathlon Club 5km Road Race (2) Results 2012 (Above picture taken from City of Derry AC website)
Kerr and Totten produced the goods in freezing Budapest:
On Sunday 9th December 2012, Northern Ireland men Stephen Kerr (Armagh AC) and Eoghan Totten (Newcastle AC) represented Ireland at the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
In freezing conditions, a record number of 128 junior men registered for the 6.1km race, in what could only be described as an absolutely stunning setting. As the field set off at a blistering pace they passed various windmills and even went through an old barn! Stephen or Eoghan didn’t get much of a chance to enjoy the scenery as both set about establishing their position within the quality field, Stephen went through the first lap in 18th place, just behind the lead group while Eoghan was in 92nd place.
As the race progressed, Eoghan began to work
his way through the field in impressive fashion and Stephen held his own up
front. When the competitors went through
half way, Stephen was in 23rd place and just six seconds off the
pace, while Eoghan had moved up thirty places to 69th place.
In the second half of the race, the field began to split as Poland’s Syzmon Kulka surged ahead at the front. His push encouraged the remainder of the lead group to up the pace. At this point, Stephen appeared to tire and dropped a few places. Meanwhile Eoghan was still working hard further down the field.
Both Stephen and Eoghan dug deep in the final stages and entered the final straight looking strong, Stephen crossed the line in 19:38 (37th place) and had the honour of being the first Irish team member to finish. Eoghan (19:55) was only seventeen seconds behind, taking an excellent 61st place. He was the second Irish finisher.
Their team mates, DSD AC’s Killian Mooney (20:29) and Clonliffe Harriers’ Ian Guiden (21:38) finished in 89th place and 107th place respectively. The race was won by Polish athlete Syzmon Kulka in 18:43, while France picked up the team prize. Ireland finished in 18th place out of the 21 entered teams.
The Great Britian & Northern Ireland squad, although not including any Northern Ireland runners collected 10 medals, while the highlight of the Irish teams day was the historic double achieved by Fionnuala Britton and the Irish ladies team. Fionnuala successfully defended her European Cross Country title while her team mates; Linda Byrne (DSD AC), Ava Hutchinson (DSD AC), Lizzie Lee (Leevale AC), Sarah Mc Cormack (Clonliffe Harriers) and Sara Treacy (Moynalvy AC) backed her up in outstanding fashion, leading to an amazing 1st place finish in the team standings.
For full details on the success of Fionnuala Britton and her Ireland team mates, please click the attached link: 'Ireland celebrate historic double'
Duncan and Dolan win festive 10k:
On Saturday 8th December 2012 over 150 runners descended on the County Tyrone village of Eskragh for the annual ‘Eskra 10k Rudolph Run’.
Last years winner and pre-race favourite Stephen Duncan showed his intent from the off, heading the field, with Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley AC), James Brown (City of Derry AC), Pete Barbour (Omagh Harriers) and Kris Muldoon (Armagh AC) following.
The ladies race started tactically, with Grainne Kelly (Knockmany Runners), Karen Dolan (Enniskillen Running Club), Jennifer Algar (Carmen Runners) and Trish Mc Clintock (Foyle Valley AC) all in the mix.
As the race progressed over the undulating
course, Stephen Duncan and Keith Shiels broke clear of the following men, with
Stephen clearly out in front. Meanwhile,
the ladies race remained as close as ever. When the athletes appeared in sight of the
finish, it was defending champion Stephen Duncan who had an uncatchable lead,
he continued and crossed the line in 32:08 to successfully defend his
title. Recent Cross Country star Keith
Shiels took 2nd place in 32:52 before James Brown secured 3rd
place in a new personal best of 33:25.
In the ladies race, Karen Dolan finished strongly to finish in 1st place, recording 43:06. Grainne Kelly (43:16) finished in 2nd place, with Jennifer Algar (44:19) in 3rd place. In the associated 5k event, unattached runners Eddie Molloy (19:12) and Emma Rice (20:14) won their respective categories.
Top 3 Men: 1st Stephen Duncan (Omagh Harriers) – 32:08, 2nd Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley AC) – 32:52, 3rd James Brown (City of Derry AC) – 33:25
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Karen Dolan (Enniskillen Running Club) – 43:06, 2nd Grainne Kelly (Knockmany Runners) – 43:16, 3rd Jennifer Algar (Carmen Runners) – 44:19
Mc Intyre and Sturm win Drum Manor Trail Race:
On Saturday 8th December 2012
Sperrin Harriers took their Winter League Trail Series to Drum Manor Forest
Park, just outside Cookstown.
Nearly one hundred competitors covered 10k of undulating forest trails within the confines of the beautiful forest park, and it was series leader Pius Mc Intyre (Foyle Valley AC) who once again impressed. After a tactical start, which saw a group containing Mc Intyre, Glenn Donnelly (Sperrin Harriers), Justin Maxwell (Larne AC), Chris Mc Peake (City of Derry AC) and Aaron Meharg (Sperrin Harriers) run together in the early stages, the Foyle Valley athlete took control.
He surged clear of the group, leaving the other four to decide whether to follow or work together. After a short time, local man Glenn Donnelly took on the challenge and followed Mc Intyre. In-turn, Justin Maxwell and Chris Mc Peake dropped the tiring Aaron Meharg and battled between each other through half-way, before Chris pushed ahead.
Meanwhile, in the ladies race, Omagh Harriers Michelle Sturm was running well, leading previous series winner and regular podium finisher Anne Paul (City of Derry). Another Omagh Harriers’ athlete, Caroline Miller, a series regular was holding her own around the podium places.
As the race entered the closing stages, there was another twist in the men’s event. Larne AC’s Justin Maxwell caught and passed Chris Mc Peake and was now in 3rd place. At the head of the field, the outstanding Pius Mc Intyre increased his lead and crossed the line in 35:49 to complete a hat-trick of wins in this years series. Glenn Donnelly (36:06) held on for a well-deserved 2nd place, with Justin Maxwell (36:24) in 3rd place. Chris Mc Peake and Paul Mc Anespie (Armagh AC) took 4th and 5th place respectively.
Michelle Sturm (40:41) completed an excellent performance, taking 1st place just ahead of Anne Paul (40:52) in 2nd place and Caroline Miller (46:00) in 3rd place.
Top 3 Men: 1st Pius Mc Intyre (Foyle Valley AC) – 35:49, 2nd Glenn Donnelly (Sperrin Harriers) – 36:06, 3rd Justin Maxwell (Larne AC) – 36:24
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Michelle Sturm (Omagh Harriers) – 40:41, 2nd Anne Paul (City of Derry ) – 40:52, 3rd Caroline Miller (Omagh Harriers) – 46:00
Full Results: Sperrin Harriers Winter League Race 3 (8/12/12)
Northern Ireland athletes run well in Clonakilty Marathon:
On Saturday 8th December 2012, at least seven Northern Ireland runners made the long journey to West Cork, Ireland for the Clonakilty Marathon.
Starting and finishing at the Inchydoney Island Lodge, the rural 26.2 mile course is well known for it’s particularly difficult second half. However, that didn’t stop some of our well known competitors from producing notable performances, probably the best of the bunch was North Belfast Harriers’ Martin Rea who crossed the line in 2:49:35, enough to take 7th place.
East Down AC's Michael Mc Keown (3:29:53) followed before several of Martin’s North Belfast club mates, birthday boy Alan Ritchie clocked 3:40:42 (90th place) and the ever improving Gerard Mc Namara finishing in 3:47:27 (124th place). Another impressive performance came from Seapark AC's member Gillian Cordner (3:53:21) who just missed out on a top ten finish in the ladies race, but settled for an excellent 11th place. Gary Connolly, also of Seapark AC crossed the line in 3:53:22 (144th place), but his chip time was clocked at 3:53:06, meaning he will have the bragging rights between the Carrickfergus based pair.
Gerard Rowe (Unattached) followed in 4:05:33 (203rd place), before another of the North Belfast Harriers contingent Jim Clinton crossed the line in 4:26:22 (272nd place). In the Half Marathon, unattached runners Richard Greene and Patrick Nugent ran 1:58:37 and 2:02:48 respectively.
There were nearly 400 participants in the Marathon and close to 1,000 in the associated Half Marathon. Clonliffe Harriers celebrated a fantastic double, with Sergiu Ciobanu (1:18:55) winning the Half Marathon and Gary O’Hanlon (2:30:42) winning the Marathon.
Full Results: Clonakilty Marathon 2012 Results
Carroll, Carty and O'Hagan share victory at Dromore XC:
On Saturday 8th December 2012,
Northern Ireland’s Cross Country season continued, this time in Dromore, County
Down. Hosted by local athletic club Dromore AC the
event attracted XC runners from right across the age spectrum, starting from U-11
right through to Veterans.
In the first race of the day; Newry City Runners' Cathal Brennan (2:12) and City of Lisburn AC's Rebecca Wallace (2:26) celebrated victory in the U-11 800m event. City of Lisburn AC and Newry City Runners enjoyed two wins from two when Sean Terek (7:56) and Gemma Doyle (9:04) won their respective 1800m races.
In the U-15 3000m race, Oisin O'Callaghan made it a hat-trick of wins for Newry City Runners when he crossed the line in 12:35, while Dromore AC's exciting prospect Rebekah Nixon (13:41) took 1st place in the girls race.
In the Ladies event, it was pre-race favourite
and winner of the senior ladies race at last weeks Malcolm Cup XC in Ballyclare;
Patricia O’Hagan (St Peter’s AC) who once again stole the show. Patricia ran clear early on, increasing her
lead through the newly altered looped course, claiming victory in 22:57 and
thus retaining the title she won last year.
Lagan Valley AC duo Shileen O’Kane (24:23) and Anne Sandford (24:58) ran well, both produced strong performances to finish in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.
The Men’s Vet +40 3 mile race proved a similar story, with title retention in his sights Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers) continued his fine form, running a notably ‘steely’ race to break the tape in 20:17, securing 1st place and like his female counterpart O’Hagan, retaining his title. Newry City Runners’ Dale Mathers took 2nd place in 20:42, while the host club’s Nigel Mc Kibbin returned to racing with an excellent 3rd place finish, clocking 20:52. Another Mc Kibbin from Dromore AC, this time Jack Mc Kibbin (22:16) took 4th place, this was enough to secure the U-17 title.
In the Senior Men’s 5 mile race, Annadale Striders’ Paul Carroll made it two wins in as many weeks after performing well to cross the line in 33:07, just ahead of Newcastle AC’s David Mc Neilly (33:19) who took 2nd place. North Belfast Harriers’ Andrew Considine (34:08) proved that he is returning to form after his recent marathon personal best in Dublin, taking the final place on the podium after recording 34:08. Paul's win in this race ensured that all three of the day's adult race winners retained their Dromore XC titles from last year.
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Patricia O’Hagan (St Peter’s AC) – 22:57, 2nd Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC) – 24:23, 3rd Anne Sandford (Lagan Valley AC) – 24:58
Top 3 Men (Veterans 3 mile Race): 1st Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers) – 20:17, 2nd Dale Mathers (Newry City Runners) – 20:42, 3rd Nigel Mc Kibbin (Dromore AC) – 20:52
Top 3 Men (Seniors 5 mile Race): 1st Paul Carroll (Annadale Striders) – 33:07, 2nd David Mc Neilly (Newcastle AC) – 33:19, 3rd Andrew Considine (North Belfast Harriers) – 34:08
Full Results: Dromore XC 2012 Results
Weekend Preview: Road, Trail and Cross Country running on offer this weekend!
On Saturday 8th December 2012, Northern Ireland running enthusiasts will be tempted by an excellent selection of races covering a variety of distances and terrains.
In Dromore, the Cross Country season continues with an afternoon of Junior, Senior and Veteran racing. In the competitive Junior Races; Edie Carroll (East Down AC), Aidan Mc Cluskey (Mid Ulster AC), Peter Carty (Unattached), Emma Hutchinson (Ballyclare HS), Desire Bamisile (Willowfield Harriers), Jack Quinn (East Down AC), Lois Hagen (Willowfield Harriers), Naomh Beattie (St Peter’s AC) and Ben Mc Kibbin (Dromore AC) will all be hoping to impress in their respective categories.
On completion of the Junior races, the
Ladies, Men’s Vet40+ and Junior Men (U-17) will toe the line for their 3 mile
race. Last years champion and impressive
winner at last weekend’s Malcom Cup event, Patricia O’Hagan (St Peter’s AC)
will return to defend her title, and with Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast
Harriers) and Jessica Craig (North Down AC) unlikely to race, it will be left to
the likes of Claire Connor (North Belfast Harriers), Hazel Mc Laughlin (Lagan
Valley AC) and local ladies Gillian Burns (Dromore AC) and Geraldine Branagh
(Dromore AC) to lead the chase. Lagan Valley AC trio; Fionnula Mc Court,
Anne Sandford and Ruth Magill will all finish high up should they enter on the day, as will Mary Mackin (Dromore AC).
The Men’s Vet40+ race will include last years top two of Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers) and Nigel Mc Kibbin (Dromore AC). Neil has been extremely consistent in the mud thus far, while Nigel is returning to competition after recovering from a virus. Annadale Striders’ Paul Carroll and Mark Wright will be in contention if they choose to compete, while Larne AC’s Craig Hutchinson may also make an appearance. John Mc Cambridge (St Peter’s AC) and David Wright (Lagan Valley AC) have shown consistency over the past few months and should place well here. Meanwhile, in the U-17 race; Jack Mc Kibbin (Dromore AC) and Henry Aiken (St Coleman’s AC) should challenge for top spot.
East Down AC’s Brendan Teer will hope to
continue his winning ways in the Senior Men’s 5 mile race, although he is
likely to be challenged by Annadale Striders' Ryan Mc Dermott and local man
Andrew Hicks (Dromore AC). Connor Magill
(North Belfast Harriers) could make a surprise return to competition after
excellent outings at recent parkrun events. Barrie Atkinson (East Down AC), Dale Mathers
(Newry City Runners) and Ryan Quigley (Newcastle AC) should all be in or around
the top ten.
Also on Saturday, festive spirit will descend on Eskragh, County Tyrone for the annual ‘Eskra 10k Santa Run’. Stephen Duncan (Omagh Harriers) should return to defend the title he won so impressively last year, while fellow Omagh Harriers; Paul Barbour and Martin Cox will be joined in the chase group by Foyle Valley AC’s Keith Shiels. Having shown his class in recent Cross Country races, Keith will be hoping for a podium finish. Patrick Mc Crory (Omagh Harriers), Martin Mc Laughlin (Omagh Harriers) and Niall Byrne (Unattached) will all challenge for a high finish.
In the Ladies race, Omagh Harriers will again be well represented. Young Sara Moore will prove hard to beat, but she will be joined at the head of the field by her club mates Julie Butler, Caroline Miller, Rosaleen Mc Carthin and Patricia Campbell. Sinead Maguire (Clones AC) could be an outside bet for a podium finish, while Knockmany Runners’ Tracey Bradley and Tresaine Mc Anenly will both run well.
Meanwhile, deep in the Sperrin Mountains, Sperrin Harriers take their Winter League Trail Series to Drum Manor Forest Park for Race 3 of the popular and well attended series. On this occasion, participants will cover 10k of trails, in and around the scenic forest.
Impressive series leader Puis Mc Intyre (Foyle Valley AC) should be in attendance and will aim to carry on his 100% winning record, this time around he will be chased by Allan Bogle (City of Derry AC), Glenn Donnelly (Sperrin Harriers) and Justin Maxwell (Larne AC). Ballymena Runners’ trio; Mark Alexander, Alex Brennan and Emmett Mc Allister should race, and will finish well up if they do. Pierce Mc Cullagh (Unattached) and Delfim Pimentel (Unattached) could be in the mix if they enter, while Billy Reed (East Antrim Harriers), Bryan Edgar (Springwell Running Club) and Irwin Speirs (Sperrin Harriers) will hope to continue their recent form.
The Ladies event should include Karen Alexander (Sperrin Harriers) and Anne Paul (City of Derry AC), which will make for an exciting race. Karen may edge it on recent form but Anne will be confident following successive wins in the series.
Local lady Cheryl Caldwell (Sperrin Harriers) will be there or there abouts, as will Springwell Running Club’s Gillian Wasson and Caroline Irwin should they decide to participate. Monica Mullin (Sperrin Harriers), Louise Lemon (Orangegrove AC) and Margaret Conway (Sperrin Harriers) will also place highly if they race.
Elsewhere, Gillian Cordner (Seapark AC), Gerard Rowe (Unattached) and North Belfast Harriers' Martin Rea, Alan Ritchie, Martin Gerard and Jim Clinton will be amongst the Northern Ireland contingent travelling to West Cork for the Clonakilty Marathon on Saturday 8th December 2012, while Stephen Kerr and Eoghan Totten (Newcastle AC) will represent Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships in Budapest on Sunday 9th December 2012.
As always, Northern Ireland’s seven ‘parkrun’ events will take place as normal on Saturday morning, please visit our dedicated ‘parkrun’ section within the fixtures area to locate your nearest event.
Entries for the 'Walled City Marathon' 2013 open on Monday 3rd December 2012:
On Sunday 2nd June 2013 athletes from all over the world will take to the streets of Derry/Londonderry for the much anticipated ‘Walled City Marathon’.
The race returns after twenty eight years to coincide with the 2013 ‘City of Culture’ events and celebrations. Although different to the course back then, the 2013 route will take competitors on an exciting 26.2 mile journey through the city’s neighbourhoods, rural villages, along the banks of the River Foyle and the across city’s two bridges before returning to the walled city for an atmospheric finish in the historic Guildhall Square.
In addition to the Marathon, organisers will invite entries to the one mile Mini-Marathon. This will involve children from the local boroughs, allowing them to be part of this momentous occasion.
Entries for the marathon are restricted to 1,000 participants, so early booking is advised. Entries will open at 10am on Monday 3rd December 2012, you can enter online at www.athleticsni.org or in person (and on paper) at the offices of Fureys Insurance Ltd (info at: www.fureys.ie) or via Foyle Hospice Offices (028 71 359888). Entry fee is £35 plus booking fee.
There will be a generous prize fund of £9,000, with £1,000 going to the winners of both the men's and the women's races. The runner-up in each race will take home £600 with £400 for third place.
Please follow this link to see the confirmed 26.2 mile Marathon route: The 'Walled City Marathon' 2012 – Race Route
Race website: www.thewalledcitymarathon.com
Harty secures an impressive second place in Phoenix Park:
On Saturday 1st December 2012,
Newcastle AC’s Kerry Harty travelled to Phoenix Park, Dublin for the Jingle
Bells 5km Race organised by Donore Harriers.
In a field of nearly 1,200 runners Kerry produced an excellent performance, finishing in 2nd place behind DSD’s Olympic marathon runner Linda Byrne (15:48). Despite still feeling the effects of last weekends heavy Cross Country race in County Meath, Kerry clocked a superb 15:57, a new personal best for the distance. The Men’s race was won by Paul Robinson (St Cocas AC) in 14:15.
Top 3 Men: 1st Paul Robinson (St Cocas AC) – 14:15, 2nd Thomas Fitzpatrick (Tallaght AC) – 14:18, 3rd John Coghlan (M.S.B) – 14:32
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Linda Byrne (DSD AC) – 15:48, 2nd Kerry Harty (Newcastle AC) – 15:57, 3rd Orla Drumm (Crusaders AC) – 16:32
Full Results: Donore Harriers Jingle Bells 5km Road Race Results 2012
Carroll, O’Hagan and Teer share glory in Ballyclare:
On Saturday 1st December 2012 runners were greeted with perfect winter running conditions as they arrived in Ballyclare for the Annadale Striders organised Malcolm Cup Cross Country races.
The Junior Races kicked off proceedings; Mid Ulster AC’s Aiden Mc Cluskey (3:19) and East Down AC’s Edie Carroll (3:58) won their categories in the U-11 800m Race while in the U-13 1600m Race, Desire Bamisile (Willowfield Harriers) and Emma Hutchinson (Ballyclare HS/Ballymena & Antrim AC) won impressively, recording 5:29 and 5:57 respectively.
In the U-15 2 mile Conor Magee (Beechmount Harriers) won the boys category in 11:16, while Dromore AC’s rising star Rebekah Nixon was first girl home in 12:40. Odhran Copeland (Beechmount Harriers) won the U-17 boys 3 mile race in 17:30, while St Peters AC's Sarah Lambert (14:24) won the U-17 girls 2 mile race.
After the competitive Junior Races had been completed, the Ladies and +35 Veteran Men toed the start line. In a field boasting a wealth of talent, it was the host clubs Paul Carroll who celebrated victory in the 3 mile ‘Horwill Cup’ race, breaking the tape in 16:36, just ahead of one of this season’s most impressive runners; Iain Taggart (Ballymena Runners) who clocked 16:38. North Belfast Harriers Neil Carty completed the top three finishers when he crossed the line in 16:43.
In the ladies race, St Peters AC’s Patricia O’Hagan (18:29) produced an excellent, but not surprising performance to beat North Down AC’s brilliant Jessica Craig (18:31) to the finish, they crossed the line in 1st and 2nd place respectively. Claire Connor (North Belfast Harriers) took 3rd place after running 18:54.
The much anticipated ‘Malcolm Cup’ race finished off the day in style, with excitement right up until the finish. East Down AC’s Brendan Teer (21:40) continued his fine form in the muck to secure an impressive victory, beating City of Derry AC’s Noel Logan (2nd place - 21:45) by just three seconds. In-turn, Noel crossed the line a mere second ahead of Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Gareth Hill (21:46) as he took 3rd place.
Willowfield Harriers' young Ryan Holt (22:21) was awarded the U-20 title after finishing 5th place overall, while North Belfast Harriers won the prestigious Malcolm Cup; Alan O'Hara (4th place - 21:51), Tommy Hughes (10h place - 22:39), Andrew Considine (15th place - 23:21) and Eddie Cooke (17th place - 23:33) were the scoring team members.
Ladies (3 miles): 1st Patricia O’Hagan
(St Peters AC) – 18:29, 2nd Jessica Craig (North Down AC) – 18:31, 3rd
Claire Connor (North Belfast Harriers) – 18:54
Top 3 Men (Veterans 3 mile Race): 1st Paul Carroll (Annadale Striders) – 16:36, 2nd Iain Taggart (Ballymena Runners) – 16:38, 3rd Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers) – 16:43
Top 3 Men (Open Race): 1st Brendan Teer (East Down AC) – 21:40, 2nd Noel Logan (City of Derry AC) – 21:45, 3rd Gareth Hill (Ballymena & Antrim AC) – 21:46
Full Results: Malcolm Cup XC Results 2012. Please visit our ‘Photo Gallery’ for excellent race photo’s provided by Gareth Heron. There are even more photograph's available on Gareth's Flickr page: Gareth Heron Photography