Local runners travel to England for prestigious events:
On Sunday 30th June 2013, runners from Northern Ireland took on talented athletes from around the world at the BMC (British Milers Club) Track & Field meeting in Watford, England.
Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Steven Morrow ran well to win the 1500m ‘F’ race in a new personal best time of 3:54.29. Annadale Striders duo Eddie McGinley and Andrew Agnew lined up in the 5,000m ‘B’ race; Eddie clocked 14:34.63 (10th place), while Andrew crossed the line in 14:45.38 (14th place). The race was won by Marius Vedvik (Norway) in 14:14.56. In the 3,000m Steeplechase, Newcastle AC’s Kerry Harty ran 10:33.93 to finish in 4th place. The race was won by Charlotta Fougberg (Sweden) in 9:57.10.
Paralympic hero’s Michael McKillop (St Malachy’s AC) and Sally Brown (Springwell Running Club) were also in action in England over the weekend. The pair were competing at the IPC Final in Birmingham on Saturday 29th June 2013. Double gold medallist Michael won his T36/37 800m race in 2:00.08, while Sally, who was proudly sporting her Springwell Running Club vest, just missed out on a podium place in a close T43-46 100m race. Sally finished in 4th place after running 13.87secs, the race was won by Sophie Kamlish (Great Britain) in 13.56secs.
Tailteann Games – AAI National Under 20 Championships – AAI Natioanl Under 23 Championships:
Over the course of this weekend (Saturday 28th June and Sunday 29th June 2013), a large number of Northern Ireland based runners have been in action at the Tullamore Harriers Stadium in Tullamore, Ireland.
On Saturday, Junior athletes represented Ulster (and their schools/colleges) at the Tailteann Games. Top performers on the day were Megan Marrs (Strathern Belfast) and Rosseanna McGuickian (Ballymena Academy). Megan won the 100m in 12.16secs and the 80m hurdles in 11.67secs, while Roseanna also completed an excellent double in the 200m (24.80secs) and 300m (40.23secs). The Ulster girls 4x100m and 4x300m relay teams also picked up gold medals, winning in 47.81secs and 2:44.76 respectively.
Wallace High School’s Ikenna Nzweni won the boy’s 100m in 11.36secs and finished in 3rd place in the 200m, after clocking 22.98secs in the race won by Sullivan Upper student Chris Jordan (22.89secs). Martin McGeady (St Columbs) won the 400m race in 51.03secs. Three NI based runners lined up for the 800m race, with St Columbs Shane McGowan (2:01.15), Wellington College’s Jack McKibbin (2:03.25) and St Columbs Conor Breslin (2:04.54) finishing 5th place, 7th place and 11th place. The race was won by Jack Reid (SJ R/Bridge) in 1:58.35.
On Sunday, Northern Ireland clubs were just as well represented at the Woodies DIY AAI National Under 20 and Under 23 Championships. This gave athletes the opportunity to reach the qualification standards and impress selectors for the upcoming European Junior Championships (Italy) and the European Under 23 Championships (Finland).
Despite the poor weather conditions, it was an incredibly successful day for the travelling Northern Ireland contingent, with many achieving podium places. Conall Kirk (Lagan Valley AC) won the U-20 800m event, covering the distance in 1:54.71. His sister, Katie Kirk (Lagan Valley AC) also picked up a gold medal after winning the U-23 800m race in 2:13.04, while the in-form Aislinn Crossey (Newry AC) topped the U-20 800m standings with another top performance. Young Aislinn, who achieved a European Junior Championship qualifying standard at the MPT International last week, recorded 2:11.14 on this occasion.
Mark McGarvey (City of Derry AC) and Rebecca McAllister (Ballymena & Antrim AC) also celebrated victory. Mark won the U-20 110m hurdles in a European Junior Championships qualifying time of 14.77secs, while Rebecca crossed the line in 15.68secs to seal an impressive win in the U-23 100m hurdles. City of Derry AC’s Jenny O’Brien (65.74secs) has been running well recently and collected a bronze medal after finishing in 3rd place in the 400m hurdles race won by Nessa Millet (St Abbans AC) in 60.62secs. City of Lisburn AC’s Megan Marrs (12.03secs) swapped her the Ulster vest that had brought her a brilliant double success over 80m (hurdles) and 100m the previous day, for her club colours and collected silver after finishing as runner up to Bandon AC’s Patricia Healy (11.80secs) in the U-20 100m race.
In the U-20 ladies 1500m race, Yasmin Wilson (Unattached) claimed 2nd place in 4:53.27, behind race winner Amy O’Donoghue (Emerald AC), who clocked 4:47.41 for the distance. Paddy Robb (St Malachy’s AC) has enjoyed an excellent season so far, and was rewarded with a new personal best in his U-20 1500m race with a bronze medal, after covering the distance in 4:06.38. Mark Carey (Clonmel AC) won the race in 4:05.85. Another St Malachy’s AC star, Ben Branagh (16:29.23) claimed an excellent 2nd place in the U-20 5,000m race, which was won by David Fitzgibbon (Donore Harriers) in 15:59.41.
Ballymena & Antrim AC’s leading lady Christine McMahon ran 62.72secs to take 2nd place in the U-23 400m hurdles. Gabriel Coveney (DSD AC) topped the podium after winning in 59.89secs. North Down AC celebrated a double triumph when Mark Patterson and Adam McComb won bronze medals in their respective U-23 800m and 400m races. Mark ran 1:53.73 in the 800m race won by David McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) in 1:51.73, while Adam (48.58secs) just pipped another NI man, Lagan Valley AC’s Ben Maze (48.59secs), to the post to finish in 3rd place in the close 400m race. Timmy Crowe (Doonen AC) took gold in 48.42secs.
There were two more medals for local athletes in the U-23 5,000m races; Ryan McDermott (Annadale Striders) finished in 3rd place in the men’s race, crossing the line in 15:21.83, while Banbridge AC’s Emma Mitchell ran 19:35.71 to take 2nd place in the ladies race. Liam Brady (Tullamore Harriers AC) and Mary O’Sullivan (Raheny Shamrocks AC) won the races in 15:08.40 and 18:03.24 respectively.
Full Results: Tailteann Games 2013 Results and AAI National U-20 & U-23 Championships 2013 Results. Photograph used above was taken from the Athletics Ireland website.
McCollam, Evans and Maxwell perform well at Mont Blanc Festival:
Seapark AC athletes compete in Waterford Viking Marathon:
On Saturday 29th June 2013, Seapark AC duo Gillian Cordner and Gary Connolly travelled to Waterford, Ireland for the 2nd annual running of the Waterford Viking Marathon; the event also includes a Marathon Relay and Half Marathon.
Both Gillian and Gary completed the infamous Hadrians Wall Ultra (69 miles) last weekend, but that did not deter the pair from taking to the start line for the 26.2 mile race. Gillian achieved a top ten finish in the ladies category after crossing the line in 3:41:40, while Gary completed the course in 3:51:17 (161st place).
The men’s race was won by Gary O’Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers), a regular competitor in Northern Ireland, in 2:28:05. Another athlete that running fans in NI would be aware of, Pauline Curley (Tullamore Harriers), secured victory in the ladies race after running 2:49:39.
Full Results: Waterford Viking Marathon 2013 Results
Irish Runner 5 mile race kick starts Dublin Marathon race series:
On Saturday 29th June 2013, at least eight Northern Ireland runners joined nearly 3,000 competitors at the Irish Runner 5 mile road race in Phoenix Park, Dublin. This event is the first of four races organised by the Dublin Marathon in the run up to their main 26.2 mile race, which will take place on Monday 28th October 2013.
In wet conditions, North Belfast Harriers’ Conor Curran excelled. The Northern Ireland International XC runner covered the course in a new personal best time of 26:40 (15th place). Orangegrove AC’s Paul Woodman followed in 29:31 (60th place), with City of Lisburn AC athlete Paul Ervine (93rd place – 30:36) just over a minute behind. Albertville Harriers’ David Allen ran well, clocking 31:26 (120th place); Armagh AC’s Stephen Toal recorded 32:44 (213th place), before Michael McKeown (East Down AC), a competitor at last night’s (Friday 28th June 2013) Ards Half Marathon, completed his second race in less than twenty four hours in 33:52 (309th place). Anthony Lavery (Albertville Harriers) battled well to finish in 33:44 (534th place).
The men’s race was won by Robbie Matthews (Dunshaughlin AC) in 24:58, while Maria McCambridge (DSD AC) claimed the top honours in the ladies race. The former Irish Olympian recorded 26:42 (120th place) to win.
Full Results: Irish Runner 5 mile Race 2013
Record numbers take on Enniskillen 10k:
On Saturday 29th June 2013, nine hundred athletes descended on Lakeland Forum in County Fermanagh, the home of the Enniskillen ‘parkrun’. However, on this occasion, the runners were not taking on the 5k time trial, but instead they faced an undulating 10k race; the Enniskillen 10k, hosted by Fermanagh District Council and Fermangh Rotary Club.
Athletics NI 5k (Road) Champion Declan Reed (City of Derry AC) was a dominant force throughout, securing victory in 32:15; a good time considering the course. The battle for 2nd place went right to the wire, with young Conan McCaughey (Enniskillen Running Club) and Dublin based runner Tudor Moldovan (Unattached) both crossing the line 32:55; Tudor was awarded the runners up spot, with Conan (32:55) settling for 3rd place.
The ladies race wasn’t just as exciting; Clones AC star Denise Toner worked hard and was rewarded with a win. The current NI & Ulster Intermediate XC Champion sealed victory in 38:51. Local lady, Tara Malone (Enniskillen Running Club) continued her impressive rise through the ranks with a 2nd place finish, recording 40:34 for the distance. The final ladies podium place went to Irish lady Niamh Leonard (Unattached), who ran 43:11 (3rd place).
Top 3 Men: 1st Declan Reed (City of Derry AC) – 32:15, 2nd Tudor Moldovan (Unattached) – 32:55, 3rd Conan McCaughey (Enniskillen Running Club) – 32:55
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Denise Toner (Clones AC) – 38:51, 2nd Tara Malone (Enniskillen Running Club) – 40:34, 3rd Niamh Leonard (Unattached) – 43:11
Full Results: Enniskillen 10k 2013 Results
Dromore AC star just misses podium place in Dundalk:
On Friday 28th June 2013, several Northern Ireland based runners made the short border crossing to Dundalk, Ireland for the Alec Fennell 5k road race, an event that is well known for it’s family orientated theme, with several races for junior athletes before the ‘main event’.
After watching Adam McKibbin (Dromore AC) and Matthew Corbett (Dromore AC) pick up prizes in the boys 600m race, Nigel McKibbin (Dromore AC), Gavin Crilly (Newry City Runners) and Pat Rocks (Newry City Runners) took their place on the start line.
In a field of nearly one hundred and fifty runners, Nigel led the Northern Ireland contingent home in 17:03 (4th place), missing out on a podium place by a mere five seconds. Gavin Crilly followed in 18:18 (13th place), while his experienced club mate Pat Rocks (29th place – 19:57) crossed the line just under the twenty minute mark. The men’s race was won by Brian McCluskey (North East Runners), while Denise Murphy (Club Unknown) took top spot in the ladies race in 21:01.
Full Results: Alec Fennell 5k Road Race Results
Steede and Wasson win final race, while Cunningham and O'Kane top overall standings:
On Friday 28th June 2013, Newcastle AC hosted the final race of their extremely popular and well organised Hill & Dale Series 2013. On this occasion, the venue of choice was Donard Park for the Drinahilly 3 mile course, which included approximately 1,080ft of ascending.
Ballymena Runners’ Jonny Steede returned to competition for the first time since his amazing performance in the 26extreme/Lost Worlds 100k race in May (2013) and showed that he is still in top form, despite his well-earned break; Jonny won the race in a new course record of 21:19. Allan Bogle (City of Derry AC), who has won two races in the series, took 2nd place in 21:29. Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers), one of the most consistent mountain runners in the country, claimed 3rd place in 21:51.
In the ladies race, the much anticipated duel between Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC) and Diane Wilson (Dromore AC) did not happen as Diane decided not to race. Anyone would be forgiven for thinking that this left the door open for Shileen to secure her seventh victory in the series; however, Springwell Running Club’s brilliant Gillian Wasson stepped up to the mark, putting in a notable performance to take the top spot in 26:07. Shileen ran well to cross the line in 27:03 (2nd place), meaning that the talented Lagan Valley AC lady has finished on the podium in every Hill & Dale race that she has participated in, in 2013. Another regular podium finisher, Anne Sandford (Lagan Valley AC) claimed 3rd place in 28:40.
In the overall men’s series standings, absentee on the night, Stephen Cunningham (Mourne Runners) won the 2013 series; Ian Bailey (Newcastle AC) finished in 2nd place, while Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers) picked up 3rd place overall.
Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC) dominated the entire series and was rewarded for her efforts with the top prize in the ladies overall standings. Another Lagan Valley AC lady, Anne Sandford collected 2nd place, while Taryn McCoy (BARF) finished in 3rd place.
Top 3 Men: 1st Jonny Steede (Ballymena Runners) – 21:19, 2nd Allan Bogle (City of Derry AC) – 21:29, 3rd Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers) – 21:51
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Gillian Wasson (Springwell Running Club) – 26:07, 2nd Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC) – 27:03, 3rd Anne Sandford (Lagan Valley AC) – 28:40
Hill & Dale Series 2013 (Final Standings):
Top 3 Men: 1st Stephen Cunningham (Mourne Runners), 2nd Ian Bailey (Newcastle AC), 3rd Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers)
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC), 2nd Anne Sandford (Lagan Valley AC), 3rd Taryn McCoy (BARF)
Hundreds turn out for Ards Half Marathon:
On Friday 28th June 2013, nearly six hundred athletes took to the streets of Newtownards for the 6th annual running of the Ards Half Marathon, the sixth race in the Pure Running Half Marathon Series. The event was also the Athletics NI Half Marathon Championships.
In pleasant conditions, if not a little breezy, the runners set off on a 13.1 mile journey that would take them from Newtownards Town Centre and towards Comber, before returning to the finishing area at the Ards Leisure Centre. Immediately a group of four men, Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders),
Freddy Sittuk (Kenya), Alan O’Hara (North Belfast Harriers) and Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley AC) moved to the head of the field and gradually moved clear of the following pack of Francis Marsh (North Down AC), Andrew Considine (North Belfast Harriers) and Don Travers (Newry City Runners).
The ladies race started in a similar fashion, with Karen Alexander (Sperrin Harriers), Julie Balmer (North Down AC) , Kelly Neely (City of Lisburn AC), Roisin Hughes (North Belfast Harriers), Gillian Douglas (Unattached) and Diane Watson (City of Lisburn AC) all in close proximity of each other. There was no change in the men’s race as they went through the 6.1 mile marker, with Paul, Freddy, Keith and Alan running along together. Meanwhile, the ladies race was starting to take shape; Julie had moved clear of Kelly and Karen, who were split by approximately four seconds. Gillian was a minute further back, with Roisin ten seconds behind her.
As the men reached 10 miles, Paul Pollock upped the pace significantly, with no real response from the chasing trio. This surge split the group that has been together from the off; Freddy moved in behind Paul, while Keith bravely attempted to hold onto the pair. Alan was battling well in fourth, especially taking into consideration his outstanding performance just five days ago in Dunshaughlin (Ireland).
At the finish area, the gathered crowds stared down the long straight, eagerly awaiting the appearance of the first runner, it was Paul Pollock, the current AAI Half Marathon, AAI Marathon and NI & Ulster 5,000m Champion who appeared first. Paul broke the tape in 1:07:46 to add the Athletics NI Half Marathon title to his growing list of accolades. Kenyan star, Freddy Sittuk followed in 1:08:48 (2nd place), while Keith Shiels clocked an amazing fourteen minute personal best, crossing the line in 1:09:32 (3rd place).
Julie Balmer was the popular winner of the ladies race, the hometown girl covered the course in 1:25:45, adding the Athletics NI Half Marathon title to the Marathon title she won in May 2013. Kelly Neely continued her excellent form, taking 2nd place in new personal best of 1:26:46; an excellent time for only her second ever Half Marathon. Karen Alexander completed the ladies podium in 1:27:17 (3rd place).
In the team awards, North Belfast Harriers picked up both the Men’s and Women’s Athletics NI Half Marathon titles. North Belfast Harriers ‘B’ team won silver in the men’s category, with Willowfield Harriers collecting the bronze medal. North Down AC finished 2nd to North Belfast Harriers in the ladies standings, while Orangegrove AC won the bronze medal.
Top 3 Men: 1st Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) – 1:07:46, 2nd Freddy Sittuk (Kenya) – 1:08:48, 3rd Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley AC) – 1:09:32
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Julie Balmer (North Down AC) – 1:25:45, 2nd Kelly Neely (City of Lisburn AC) – 1:26:46, 3rd Karen Alexander (Sperrin Harriers) – 1:27:18
Top 3 Men’s Teams: 1st North Belfast Harriers ‘A’, 2nd North Belfast Harriers ‘B’, 3rd Willowfield Harriers
Top 3 Ladies Teams: 1st North Belfast Harriers, 2nd North Down AC, 3rd Orangegrove AC
Full Results: Ards Half Marathon 2013 Results – A full Race/Event Review is now available in our 'Race Review' section, with accompanying race photographs in our 'Photo Gallery'.
Weekend Preview; Ards, Newcastle, Enniskillen, Dublin, Tullamore and Chamonix:
After a busy and exciting week of racing, which has included quality events at the Mary Peters Track (Belfast), Lisnagelvin (Derry/Londonderry), Limavady and Loughinisland; the attention once again turns to the upcoming weekend races.
In the coming days, the majority of local attention will be geared towards fixtures on Friday 28th June 2013, with the Ards Half Marathon and the final race of the Hill & Dale Series due to take place. Northern Ireland runners will also compete in Enniskillen, Dublin (Ireland), Tullamore (Ireland), Waterford (Ireland) and Chamonix (France) over the weekend.
Thousands of athletes and spectators are expected to take to the streets of Newtownards on Friday 28th June 2013 for the annual Ards Half Marathon. The popular event marks the beginning of the second half of races in the Pure Running Half Marathon Series and will therefore attract some of the provinces top runners.
AAI National Half Marathon Champion Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) is due to participate. Having won the NI & Ulster 5,000m Championships and the Lisburn Half Marathon, as well as finishing in third place at the prestigious Great North 10k Run within eight days of each other, Paul has shown that he is outstanding form. Despite his main focus being on his training for the upcoming IAAF World Championships, the Belfast man will prove extremely hard to beat.
Freddy Sittuk (Kenya) and Alan O’Hara (North Belfast Harriers) will once again resume battle; the pair matched each other stride for stride at the recent Larne Half Marathon, with Freddy just getting the better of Alan in the end. Since then, Freddy has won the Lisnagelvin 5k road race in 15:20, while Alan smashed his previous 10k personal best when he clocked 31:03 to finish in third place at last Sunday’s Dunshaughlin 10k road race in Ireland. Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley AC), Don Travers (Newry City Runners), Andrew Considine (North Belfast Harriers) and Francis Marsh (North Down AC) will also race, while North Belfast Harriers’ Connor Magill will make a welcomed return from injury.
Both Gary O’Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers) and Brendan Teer (East Down AC) were due to participate, but Gary is now racing in Waterford on Saturday 29th June 2013 and Brendan enjoyed a well-deserved victory in Loughinisland on Wednesday night (26th June 2013), which will more than likely rule him out of this race. Other top performers will include David Proctor (Willowfield Harriers), Michael McKeown (East Down AC), Barrie Atkinson (East Down AC) and Greg McClure (North Belfast Harriers).
Julie Balmer (North Down AC) will hope to continue her impressive run of performances as she goes into her hometown Half Marathon. Julie has been in excellent form this year, with wins at the Belfast Marathon (first NI lady) and the Newry, Decathlon and Larne Half Marathons to her name in 2013. The North Down AC lady will go into the race as favourite. Roisin Hughes (North Belfast Harriers) is another consistently impressive lady, and is always in or around the podium places. Having finished as runner up to Julie in Larne, Roisin will be keen to improve on her 1:27:21 (Half Marathon) personal best in an attempt to get closer this time around.
Another podium finisher in Larne, International middle distance runner Kelly Neely (City of Lisburn AC) may make use of the late entry system. Should Kelly take part, she will no doubt play a prominent part in proceedings. Geraldine Quigley (Larne AC) is currently sitting in second place in the overall F35 Half Marathon standings, behind Julie Balmer, and the Ballymena based lady will eager to cement that position after good outings at the Fairhill 5 and the Termoneeny 10k. Helen Weir (North Belfast Harriers), Cheryl Denvir (East Down AC), Anne Haveron (Newry City Runners), Amandy Perry (North Belfast Harriers) and Laura Bateson (Unattached) will all finish well up the field.
Also on Friday 28th June 2013, Newcastle AC will host the final race of their extremely popular and well attended Hill & Dale Series 2013. On this occasion, Donard Park will be Race HQ as the competitors prepare for the 3 mile Drinahilly course (which includes approximately 1,080ft of ascending). As a commemorative gesture to mountain running legend Dennis Rankin, who recently passed away, Newcastle AC will not be collecting entry fees from participants, but instead they will be asking for a donation which will go to a charity chosen by the Rankin family.
Stephen Cunningham (Mourne Runners) has been a dominant force in the series so far, winning five of the six races he has entered. The International mountain runner will once again head the field and will be looking to finish the series with a win. Another man who has featured at the top regularly is Ian Bailey (Newcastle AC), and having beaten Stephen in Race 6 at ‘Millstone’ Ian will once again push Stephen all the way. Ian himself has won three races in the series and never finished outside the top three when he has raced.
Allan Bogle (City of Derry AC) and Jonny Steede (Ballymena Runners) will also play a part at the front; Allan has won two races in the series so far and always seems to run well over the more trail based courses, while Jonny will make his much anticipated return to racing after his heroics at the Lost Worlds 100k in May 2013, where he sealed an impressive win despite being up against a host of International competitors. Deon McNeilly (Newcastle AC), Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers), David McNeilly (Newcastle AC), David O’Flaherty (Newcastle AC), David Steele (Newcastle AC), Emmett McAlister (Ballymena Runners), Alex Brennan (Ballymena Runners), Clive Bailey (Mourne Runners) and Seamus Lynch (Newcastle AC) will all compete for top ten spots.
Diane Wilson (Dromore AC) and Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC) will lead the ladies field in what will be another enthralling duel between the pair. Shileen has won six of the ten races in the series, with Diane winning three. Recently, Diane has come out on top when the pair have gone head to head, but Shileen was the first of the duo to cross the line at the Slieve Martin race. This will be another excellent battle between the friends.
Gillian Wasson (Springwell Running Club), Anne Sandford (Lagan Valley AC), Hazel McLaughlin (Lagan Valley AC) will also achieve high placings, as will Race 6 (Millstone) winner Patricia McKibbon (Unattached) and Taryn McCoy (BARF). Violet Linton (LVO), a podium finisher at the Mourne Way Ultra Marathon may return from a well-earned break to compete in the last race of the series.
On Saturday 29th June 2013 runners and fun runners from County Fermanagh and surrounding areas will descend on the home of the Enniskillen ‘parkrun’, the scenic Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen, for the 8th running of the annual Enniskillen 10k, organised by Fermanagh District Council in association with the town Rotary Club.
Conan McCaughey (Enniskillen Running Club) and Stephen Prentice (Enniskillen Running Club) will head the field. Conan has really come to the fore in 2013, showing huge potential and clocking personal bests on an almost race by race basis. Just this week, he recorded a new 3,000m personal best of 8:48.67 whilst competing at the Belfast International T&F meeting to celebrate the re-opening of the Mary Peters Track. Stephen has also enjoyed success recently; the local man secured an impressive win in the Jengana 10k, where he ran 34:33 over an off-road course. Paul Barbour (Omagh Harriers) put on an outstanding display of front running to win the Dromore 10k last weekend, and although the Omagh Harriers’ man will face much stronger opposition this time around, he will no doubt be in or around the top three. Other men hoping to place well could include Adam Cooke (Enniskillen Running Club), Fegus McGirr (Enniskillen Running Club) and Derek Sommerville (Omagh Harriers)
The ladies race should involve four ladies, Donna Evans (Monaghan Phoenix AC), Helen Stockdale (Clones AC), Denise Toner (Clones AC) and Tara Malone (Enniskillen AC). Donna pipped Julie Balmer (North Down AC) to the post at last Wednesday’s Lisburn Half Marathon and also won the recent Craigavon Lakes 10k, so she (Donna) will be going into the race high in confidence and will therefore prove strong opposition. However, Helen has also been running well since returning to competition after illness. The Northern Ireland International XC star claimed podium places at two races last week, the Aghyaran 10k (3rd place) and the Dromore 5k (1st place) and should give Donna a good race. Helen’s Clones AC club mate Denise will be a tough nut to crack, having claimed prizes at the Killyclougher 10k and Sperrin Harriers ‘classic’ 5 mile road races, the southern based lady will take some beating. Denise is also the current NI & Ulster Intermediate XC Champion. Despite being the less experienced runner of the aforementioned ladies, Tara is progressively making a good name for herself, with 5th place and 6th place finishes at the Larne and Omagh Half Marathons.
Also on Saturday 29th June 2013, several Northern Ireland based runners will travel to Dublin for the Irish Runner 5 mile road race, which will be held within the confines of Phoenix Park, Dublin. North Belfast Harriers duo Conor Curran and Eddie Cooke will toe the line, and should be joined by familiar faces from Northern Ireland. This could well include Stephen Scullion (Unattached). Stephen enjoyed his last outing in Dublin, which saw him crowned AAI National 10k Champion after he was the first National runner to complete the SPAR Great Ireland Run (in 30:15) in Phoenix Park. Annadale Striders duo Eddie McGinley and Patrick Hamilton could also make the trip to Dublin; Eddie was another medallist at the Great Ireland Run/AAI National 10k Championships, collecting bronze after an excellent performance (31:00) in tough conditions. Patrick has been on fire recently, with notable wins at the Lisburn 10k, Bann 10k and Craigavon 10k within the last four weeks.
In Tullamore, there is a host of events taking place over the weekend (Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th June 2013). Jack McKibbin (Dromore AC), Conor Breslin (City of Derry AC) and Shane McGowan (City of Derry AC) will be amongst a large number of Northern Ireland based runners who swap their club vests for Ulster colours as they represent the province at the Tailteann Games.
At the same venue, the Woodies DIY National Junior Championships and Woodies DIY National U-23 Championships will also take place. The Junior athletes will be hoping to impress selectors before the European Junior Championships in Italy, while the U-23’s will be just as eager to turn the heads of their team managers as the deadline for selection for the European U-23 Championships in Finland looms.
Aislinn Crossey (Newry AC), who achieved a European Junior Championships qualifying standard (for 800m) at Tuesday’s MPT International will once again line up for the 800m, as will Lagan Valley AC’s Conall Kirk.
In the U-23 competition, Mark Patterson (North Down AC) will compete over 800m, while Katie Kirk (Lagan Valley AC) will take on Ireland 4x400m hero’s Sinead Denny (DSD AC) and Claire Monney (Naas AC) in the 400m. Curtis Woods (Beechmount Harriers) will also face stiff opposition in the 200m race. Christine McMahon (Ballymena & Antrim AC) will race in her favourite 400m hurdles event. Christine is currently 0.16secs away from the required European U-23 standard of 59.30secs for the distance.
In Waterford (Ireland) on Saturday 29th June 2013, Seapark AC runners Gary Connolly and Gillian Cordner will once again lace up their racers for another endurance test. The pair, who completed the gruelling two day Hadrians Wall Ultra Marathon last week, will join regular competitor in Northern Ireland, Gary O’Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers) on the start line of the Waterford Viking Marathon. The fast growing event, which also includes a Marathon Relay and Half Marathon, starts within the scenic ‘Mall’ area of the City, before heading out to famous seaside town of Tramore, where competitors turn and head back towards the well supported City Centre based finishing area.
Further afield, two local athletes will compete in events at the world renowned Mont Blanc Marathon Festival in Chamonix, France this weekend. On Friday 28th June 2013, Mervyn McCollum (Larne AC) will take on the notorious vertical kilometre, which is 1km of ascending over 3.8km distance. At the same festival, Justin Maxwell (Unattached) will join the world’s top ultra-runners in the Mont Blanc Marathon (Sunday 30th June 2013), which is part of the Skyrunning World Series. The 42km course runs from the centre of Chamonix (1,035m) to Planpraz (1,812m) and has an accumulative ascent of approximately 2,511m.
Northern Ireland welcomes it’s twelfth ‘parkrun’ to the province this Saturday (29nd June 2013), with the first ever running of the Derry City event, which will take place along the banks of the River Foyle. The other eleven parkrun events in Northern Ireland will also take place as normal, for more information on these, or to locate your nearest event, please visit our dedicated ‘parkrun’ section within our fixtures page.
Scott Rankin smashes personal best to win well organised 10 mile road race:
On Thursday 27th June 2013, Springwell Running Club welcomed nearly three hundred runners to their annual Jude Gallagher ‘round the bridges’ 10 mile road race in Limavady, County Derry/Londonderry. Good running conditions and the fast, flat course opened the door to the possibility of personal bests.
Pre-race favourite, Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC) certainly made the most of the conditions. In the past twelve months, Scott has picked up silver medals at the NI & Ulster 5,000m Championships and the Athletics NI 5k (Road) Championships, and a bronze medal at the Athletics NI 10k Championships. However, his performance over this 10 mile course was arguably one of his best of the year; he crossed the line in 52:14 to win, this was a personal best by over three minutes. Jarleth Falls (Ballymena & Antrim AC), a podium finisher at the Fairhill 5 earlier this month, took 2nd place in 55:03, while Chris McGuiness (Foyle Valley AC) clocked a personal best of 56:17 to secure 3rd place.
Irish International ultra-runner Helena Crossan (Inishowen AC), who currently holds the Irish 100km record, claimed an impressive victory in the ladies race; recording 1:02:32 for the distance. Anne Paul (City of Derry AC) was unable to replicate her recent wins at the Stunnerz in Runnerz and Purple Ladies 5k race, but still performed well to take 2nd place in 1:03:45. Ciara Toner (Springwell Running Club) ensured the host club were represented on the podium when she finished in 1:07:12 (3rd place).
Top 3 Men: 1st Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC) – 52:14, 2nd Jarleth Falls (Ballymena & Antrim AC) – 55:03, 3rd Chris McGuiness (Foyle Valley AC) – 56:17
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Helena Crossan (Inishowen AC) – 1:02:32, 2nd Anne Paul (City of Derry AC) – 1:03:45, 3rd Ciara Toner (Springwell Running Club) – 1:07:12
Full Results: Jude Gallagher 'Round the Bridges' 10m Road Race 2013 Results. Photograph used above was taken from Foyle Valley AC's facebook page.
Springwell Running Club prepare for annual Jude Gallagher 'round the bridges' 10m road race:
On Thursday 27th June 2013, Springwell Running Club will welcome athletes from across the province to Limavady for their annual ‘race around the bridges’, a fast and flat 10 mile race held in the memory of Jude Gallagher.
Local man Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC) will toe the line; despite having raced just two days ago at the Mary Peters Track official re-opening, where he clocked a new 3,000m personal best of 8:39.43, Scott will still play a prominent part at the front. Pius McIntyre (Foyle Valley AC) and City of Derry AC duo Richard Johnston and Allan Bogle could also feature, should they make use of the late entry system. Pius set a new course record of 21:33 when winning the Hillview 4 mile road race last week in Derry/Londonderry. Talented International mountain runner, Allan finished as runner up to the Foyle Valley AC man (Pius McIntyre) at the Hillview event, crossing the line twenty seconds behind. Richard won the recent Active Antrim 5 mile road race, and will be another top contender.
Other top finishers could include Ben Morrow (Ballymena Runners), a 2:39:26 marathon man (Virgin London Marathon 2013) and his club mate Jack Neeson, a top ten finisher in last Wednesday’s Lisburn 10k. Local man Stephen Joyce (Springwell Running Club), Aaron Meharg (Sperrin Harriers), Wayne Morrow (Larne AC), Seamus Mac Floinn (Crusaders AC), Noel Connor (Ballymena Runners) and Eric Montgomery (Lagan Valley AC) will all claim high placings.
In the ladies race, City of Derry AC’s Anne Paul will hope to follow on from wins at the Purple Ladies 5k and Stunnerz in Runnerz 5m road race with a similar performance. Belfast based ladies Catriona McCorkell (Lagan Valley AC) and Claire Connor (North Belfast Harriers) may travel, and could well be rewarded with podium places should the decide to do so. Geraldine Quigley (Larne AC), a podium finisher at both the Fairhill 5 mile road race and Termoneeny 10k, should also be challenging for a top three place. Helena Dornan (Ballycastle Runners), winner of the Newry Marathon and a highly placed finisher in the Belfast City Marathon will also be in the mix, while Springwell Running Club duo Ciara Toner (Springwell Running Club) and Karen McLaughlin (Springwell Running Club) should also finish well up.
Trish McClintock (Springwell Running Club), Cheryl Cardwell (Sperrin Harriers), Caroline Irwin (Springwell Running Club) and Ciara Coyle (Sperrin Harriers) could all make the top ten, while Kate Montgomery (Lagan Valley AC) and East Antrim Harriers pair Carol Annesley and Marian Hayes could pick up category prizes.
Entries for the event are still available on the night, with registration taking place at Limavady Football Club from 6pm. The race starts on Killan Road at 7.30pm sharp. Photograph used above was taken from Springwell Running Club facebook page.
Pure Running HM update by ChampionChip Ireland:
The Pure Running Half Marathon Series has now reached the half way mark and the contenders for the category prizes are now emerging. Ards Half Marathon this Friday night (29th June 2013) marks the beginning of the second set of races, of which the competitor must complete three to be eligible for the end of Series awards from Pure Running.
Registrations have been flowing in steadily through Athletics NI and the leader board has been changing almost daily as runners register their three best times so far. To date there are over 80 competitors on the rankings list and of those, 19 have completed all 5 races to date with the hope of getting their hands on the coveted Series jacket for completing all 10.
In the age groups there are clear leads for Roisin Hughes (North Belfast Harriers) in the Female Open, Julie Balmer (North Down AC) leads the F35 with the fastest times of any of the ladies and Diane Watson (City of Lisburn AC) holds a clear advantage in the F40 category. Penny Duncan-Lindsay (East Antrim Harriers) and Mary Makin (Dromore AC) are well clear in their respective F45 and F55 age groups, but its closer in the F50 between Claire Forth (Unattached) and Maria McCarter (Unattached) where only one minute and thirty four seconds separate first and second.
In the men’s categories Gary O'Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers) leads the M35 category and has the best overall aggregate time. Nigel Grier (Dromore AC), Sam Hogg (Unattached) and Greg McClure (North Belfast Harriers) all have good leads in their age groups. However, it’s a lot closer elsewhere, where only one minute and thirty five seconds separates the top three in the Male Open; three minutes and seconds between the top M40 and four minutes and seventeen seconds between the top for M45’s.
Most if not all the main contenders will be in Newtownards for the Ards Half Marathon, and they will be hoping to establish their credentials for the second half and take advantage of what could be a warm and calm evening and post a good time. The Newtownards Half Marathon starts from the town’s Leisure Centre on Friday 29th June 2013 at 6.30pm. The up to date rankings list (as of Wednesday 27th June 2013) is available HERE and will also be updated to Athletics NI website after Ards Half Marathon.
Sittuk and Turley impress as City of Derry AC host Race 3 of Furey Insurance 5k Series:
On Wednesday 26th June 2013, City of Derry AC hosted Race 3 of their Furey Insurance sponsored 5k series. On this occasion, Lisnagelvin (Derry/Londonderry) was the venue of choice for the popular and well organised series.
Freddy Sittuk (Kenya), who is currently residing in Northern Ireland, sealed another victory. Having enjoyed numerous victories of late, most notably a course record at the recent AES Larne Half Marathon, Freddy once again exceled; the Kenyan supremo crossed the line in 15:20 to win. Emmett McGinty (City of Derry AC), winner of the Dunree 5k seven days ago, took 2nd place in 15:34. Another talented City of Derry Spartan, Gary Slevin, claimed 3rd place in 15:50.
In the ladies race, Gemma Turley (Springwell Running Club), a silver medallist at the Athletics NI 5k (Road) Championships and winner of the Jengana 10k, Maghera 10k, Fairhill 5m Road Race and Decathlon 10k, continued her fantastic run of results, recording another win in 18:44.
Catherine Whoriskey (City of Derry AC) returned to serious competition last week and won the Hillview 4 mile road race. The impressive lady, who was the winner of this year’s Athletics NI 5k (Road) Championships in which Gemma Turley finished as runner up, secured 2nd place in 18:58, while triathlete Maeve Maher-McWilliams (NWTC) completed the ladies top three in 19:34.
Top 3 Men: 1st Freddy Sittuk (Kenya) – 15:20, 2nd Emmett McGinty (City of Derry AC) – 15:34, 3rd Gary Slevin (City of Derry AC) – 15:50
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Gemma Turley (Springwell Running Club) – 18:44, 2nd Catherine Whorsikey (City of Derry AC) – 18:58, 3rd Maeve Maher-McWilliams (North West Triathlon Club) – 19:34
Brendan Teer continues impressive run of form as Cheryl Denvir takes ladies title:
On Wednesday 26th June 2013, Loughinisland GAC Club and East Down AC welcomed runners and fun runners to the annual running of their Loughinisland 5.05 mile road race.
Current NI & Ulster XC champion Brendan Teer (East Down AC), a man who has won nearly every race he has entered in 2013, once again exceled. The East Down AC man dominated proceedings, winning by almost two minutes, after breaking the tape in 26:35. David McNeilly (Newcastle AC), a consistent performer in the ongoing Hill & Dale Series, claimed 2nd place in 28:13. Unattached athlete Richard Coey, a top ten finisher in last week’s Lisburn Half Marathon, took 3rd place in 28:52.
Cheryl Denvir (East Down AC) finished on the podium at the Leitrim 5 mile road race in April 2013, but the local lady looked in personal best form as she covered the 5.05m distance in 34:44 to win. Catherine O’Connor (East Down AC) finished in 2nd place, clocking 35:21, with North Belfast Harriers’ Athanasia Sevastaki (35:26) taking 3rd place after a close battle Castlewellan AC's Sinead Murtagh (4th place - 35:35) and Murlough AC's Donna McCusker (5th place - 35:54).
Top 3 Men: 1st Brendan Teer (East Down AC) – 26:35, 2nd David McNeilly (Newcastle AC) – 28:13, 3rd Richard Coey (Unattached) – 28:52
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Cheryl Denvir (East Down AC) – 34:44, 2nd Catherine O’Connor (East Down AC) – 35:21, 3rd Athanasia Sevastaki (North Belfast Harriers) – 35:26
David Simpson and Louise Lemon top overall EAH standings:
On Tuesday 25th June 2013, East Antrim Harriers held the final race of their well organised annual forest trail series. The venue on this occasion was Woodburn Forest, where competitors completed a two lap course, measuring approximately 5 miles in distance.
In warm, humid conditions, it was one of the country’s leading trail runners, David Simpson (Ballydrain Harriers) who dominated proceedings. David, winner of the recent Mourne Way Marathon, put in a strong performance to lead the field home in 25:57. Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers), a consistent performer throughout the series, who has always been in or around the podium places, took 2nd place in 26:39. Orangegrove AC’s Paul Woodman, competing in the series for the first time, completed the top 3 men on the night, when he crossed the line in 27:01.
One of the outstanding performers of the series has been Orangegrove AC’s Louise Lemon. Louise has attended every race, and better than that, she (Louise) has won all four races (ladies category) in the series. On the night, Louise (32:25) maintained her 100% record by winning by just over two minutes; ever improving Shelley Tomlins (Ballymena Runners) sealed 2nd place in 34:38, just ahead of Elizabeth Leitch (Orangegrove AC), who was a podium finisher at the last month’s Belfast One World Run. Elizabeth completed the tough course in 34:41 (3rd place).
In the overall standings, David Simpson’s trio of wins, two of which were in Woodburn Forest (Race 2 and Race 4) and his initial victory in Ballyboley Forest (Race 1) meant that he was crowned the men’s series winner. Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) claimed 2nd place in the series, while Larne AC’s James Robinson took 3rd place. After winning four races out of four, Louise Lemon (Orangegrove AC) deservedly collected the ladies top prize. Louise was joined on the ladies (overall) podium by club mates Sarah Steer and Caroline Cavanagh, who picked up prizes for 2nd place and 3rd place respectively.
Andrew Guy (Larne AC) and Sharon Dickenson (Orangegrove AC) topped the Vet35 standings, while Larne AC pair Bert Shaw (Vet40) and Andrew Gregg (Vet45) also won their categories. Noel Connor (Ballymena Runners) and Bernie Regan (Larne AC) were named as winners of the Vet50 categories, before popular Lagan Valley AC man Francis Boal collected the final trophy of the night, the Vet60 prize.
East Antrim Harriers Forest Trail Series - Race 4 (Woodburn Forest):
Top 3 Men: 1st David Simpson (Ballydrain Harriers) - 25:57, 2nd Mark McKinstry (North Belfast Harriers) - 26:39, 3rd Paul Woodman (Orangegrove AC) - 27:01
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Louise Lemon (Orangegrove AC) - 32:25, 2nd Shelley Tomlins (Ballymena Runners) - 34:38, 3rd Elizabeth Leitch (Orangegrove AC) - 34:41
Reynolds and Foster lead Northern Ireland Pb haul:
On Tuesday 25th June 2013, Northern Ireland runners Ben Reynolds (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC) and Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) stole the show as hundreds of athletes, spectators and invited guests gathered at the newly refurbished Mary Peters Track, Belfast for the official re-opening of the top class facility.
After speeches from the Belfast Lord Mayor, Mairtin O’Muilleoir, BOA Chairman Seb Coe, and the lady of honour Dame Mary Peters, a statue was unveiled to commemorate Mary’s gold medal winning performance at the 1972 Olympics and her contribution to athletics in Northern Ireland.
Dame Mary Peters then watched as two of the country’s top talents produced fitting performances for the special occasion.
Ben Reynolds, who secured a new Northern Ireland 110m hurdle record of 13.71secs at the European Athletics Team Championships on Sunday (23rd June 2013), smashed the very same record by 0.22secs when he clocked 13.49secs to win the International men’s 110m hurdles. This was not only a new Northern Ireland record, but also a qualifying time for both the IAAF World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. Ben was understandably delighted with his new personal best, and explained to the awaiting media that he felt that a performance of that standard was coming.
Amy Foster also brought the newly built seating area to their feet as she powered to an excellent win in the International women’s 100m race. Amy, who is currently the joint holder of the Northern Ireland 100m record of 11.49secs (with Anna Boyle), once again equalled that record. The talented lady crossed the line in 11.49secs to win ahead of Scotland’s Sarah Adams (11.89secs).
In the International men’s 100m (Race 1), Ireland’s Zac Irwin recorded 11.07secs to beat City of Lisburn AC’s Christian Robinson (11.33secs) and City of Derry AC’s Mark McGarvey (11.38secs) to the line. In Race 2, City of Derry AC’s Paralympic Champion Jason Smyth showed exceptional strength to lead the field home in the fastest 100m time of the night, 10.50secs. Oliver Black (Liverpool Harriers) and Leon Reid (Bristol & West AC) followed in 10.77secs (2nd place) and 10.78secs (3rd place) respectively. Up and coming Mid Ulster AC star Martin Mellon (11.90secs) just pippled North Down AC’s Oliver Wakefield (11.92secs) to the post in the U-15 100m race.
Leading Australian runner Collis Birmingham dominated the International men’s 1500m event; after heading the pack throughout, Collis sealed victory in 3:37.18. Ireland duo Paul Robinson (2nd place 3:37.66) and John Coghlan (3rd place - 3:42.97), both ran well to claim podium places. The ladies 400m race brought two of Ireland’s European Athletics Team Championships 4x400m relay hero’s, Sinead Denny (DSD AC) and Jennifer Carey (DSD AC) together, and a mere 0.01 seconds split the pair; with Jennifer (54.34secs) just edging out Sinead (54.35secs). Newly crowned NI & Ulster 400m champion Mandy Gault (Lagan Valley AC) took 3rd place in 54.61secs.
Rory Evans (England) topped the men’s 400m (Race 1) podium after running 46.47secs to win, Kris Robertson (Scotland) followed in 46.91secs while Northern Ireland man Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC), another of Ireland’s weekend hero’s in Dublin, claimed 3rd place in 47.68secs; an excellent outing considering his weekend exploits. In Race 2, Lagan Valley AC’s Ben Maze ran a personal best of 48.50secs to finish in 3rd place; the race was won by Timmy Crowe (Ireland) in 48.39secs.
Finn Valley AC’s Aaron McGlynn (2:08.88) won the U-15 boys 800m, while Shauna Kerley (Carrick Aces) won the girls equivalent in 2:20.85, after leading from start to finish. Race 1 and Race 2 in the International men’s 800m competition were won by James Kaan (Australia) and Mark Hoy (Ireland), with James running 1:49.23 and Mark 1:52.52. City of Derry AC’s Pajo Hamilton (1:53.17) came through well to finish 3rd place in Race 2.
The penultimate race of the night was the ladies 800m, during which, Australian 800m champion Kelly Hetherington always looked like the main contender. True to this, Kelly opened up a gap on chasers Elian Periz (Spain) and Claire Gibson (Scotland) to win in 2:04.80. Elian took 2nd place in 2:05.07, while Clare claimed 3rd place in 2:05.87. In the same race, up and coming Newry AC star Aislinn Crossey recorded 2:06.43 to finish in 5th place, this was not only a new personal best for Aislinn, but also a qualifying time for this summer's European Junior Championships in Italy.
The final race of the evening was the International men’s 3,000m event. This brought a wealth of Northern Ireland talent to the track, but it was Victor Corrales (Spain) and Jonny Taylor (England) who impressed most. The pair, who had Northern Ireland man Stephen Scullion (Unattached) for company in the early stages, raced clear of the field as the race progressed. Eventually, Victor made his move and won by a six second margin, breaking the beam in 7:57.80 to win. Jonny followed in 8:03.08 (2nd place), while Stephen crossed the line in 8:13.46 to take 3rd place. Annadale Striders' Eddie McGinley took 4th place in 8:17.02, before NI runners James O’Hare (Annadale Striders) – 8:17.25 (5th place), Ryan McDermott (Annadale Striders) – 8:36.20 (8th place), Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC) – 8:39.43 (9th place), Eoghan Totten (Newcastle AC) – 8:43.36 (10th place), Ben Branagh (St Malachy’s AC) – 8:44.14 (11th place), Paddy Robb (St Malachy’s AC) – 8:46.14 (12th place) and Conan McCaughey (Enniskillen Running Club) – 8:48.67 all achieved new personal bests
Results: Mary Peters International T&F Meeting 2013 Results. A selection of race photographs are available in our 'Photo Gallery'.
Event preview compiled by Athletics NI (with some alteration from NiRunning):
Today, Tuesday 25th June 2013, many of Northern Ireland’s top runners and a string of international competitors from Ireland, England, Scotland and Australia will take part in the Mary Peters Track International Opening Event organised by Belfast City Council and Athletics NI.
The event marks the opening of the £3m facility, which has already made a significant impact on the local scene with many athletes recording personal best performances on the new 8 lane surface. Dame Mary Peters and Lord Coe, Chairman of the BOA will be acting as co-hosts for the occasion. This latest development represents the enhancement of a facility which has been graced in the past with household names such as Zola Budd, Steve Ovett, Steve Cram, Ed Moses, Colin Jackson and Linford Christie.
The occasion provides the perfect opportunity for many of the provinces local athletes to compete against international opposition. Many of the NI runners involved today played a key part last weekend in Ireland’s success in achieving its best ever seventh place in the European Athletics Team Championships in Dublin. Interest will centre on high hurdler Ben Reynolds (North Down AC) who set Santry Stadium alight two days ago with a new NI record time of 13.71secs which took 0.04secs off his own two year old record. This time is also within the qualification standards for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Top Irish sprint stars Jason Smyth (City of Derry AC) and Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) will be aiming to top the podium in the 100 metres events. The late withdrawal of Britain's Mark-Lewis Francis clears the way for Paralympic Champion Jason to take full advantage of the fast surface and perhaps beat his season's best legal time of 10.36secs which he recorded in Florida. Jason is fresh from his battling 3rd place in the European Team event. His Belfast opponents include many of Ireland's top ranked sprinters including Oliver Back (10.77secs), Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Jonathan Browning (10.85secs), City of Lisburn AC’s Patrick Colhoun (10.87secs) and Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Dean Adams.
The Men's 1,500 metres race will be one of the meeting's highlights with a classy international line up including Australian Collis Birmingham who ran a fast 3:38.44 time in Finland recently and finished a superb eighth against the cream of Africa in this year's world cross country. The field also includes four times British champion Nick McCormick (Morpeth AC) and John Coghlan (MSB AC), who is the son of former World Champion Eamon. Also racing will be the top three finishers from the recent NI & Ulster Championships, winner Danny Mooney of Letterkenny AC, runner up Conor Bradley of City of Derry AC and 3rd placed Stephen Scullion (Unattached).
There will be a strong Australian presence in both the male and female 800 metres races. Current Australian Champion Kelly Hetherington won her title with PB of 2:01.22 and Selma Kajan from New South Wales who also set new figures recently of 2:03.64. 17 year old Newry AC star Aislinn Crossey will have an opportunity to improve on her personal best of 2:07.87. Also racing is Scottish international Clare Gibson (Kilbarchan AC). Australian 1,500 metres champion James Kann is favourite for the two lap event as he has a best time of 1:46.74. However, he will face new NI & Ulster title holder Michael Dyer (North Down AC) and his club mate Mark Patterson.
Belfast's Jason Harvey (Crusaders) and Ireland's Dara Kervick were members of the winning Irish 4x400 metres relay team in Dublin. They will be up against Scotland's Kris Robertson (Shaftesbury Barnet AC) and England's Rory Evans (Stockport Harriers) who have both broken 47secs recently. In the Women's 400 metres, British U23 hurdles bronze medallist Christine McMahon of Ballymena & Antrim AC faces Australia’s Tamsyn Manou who has run 53.70secs this year and Ireland number two Sinead Denny (DSD AC) who ran well at the European Athletics Team Championships.
It’s sure to be a fantastic day of events and NiRunning will be there, we will provide updates when we and if we can, and have a summary, results and photographs online as soon as possible after the event.
*Note* The above event preview was taken from the Athletics NI website and altered to suit a Northern Ireland based running audience, please visit the Athletics NI website to view their full preview (which includes field events).
Mathers completes challenge of a lifetime, while Connolly and Cordner beat 'the wall':
Last weekend (Saturday 22nd June 2013), well-known and highly respected Northern Ireland mountain runner Dale Mathers (Newry City Runners) embarked on “one of the most demanding challenges in England”, the Bob Graham Round. The gruelling challenge, see’s competitor’s attempt 42 peaks over the Lake District (England) fells, starting and finishing in Moot Hall, Keswick. The course can be run clockwise or anti-clockwise and covers 74 miles, with a total ascent of approximately 28,500ft.
The aim of any participant who takes on the Bob Graham Round is to break the infamous 24 hour barrier for the challenge; despite the tough conditions, with strong winds and rain, Dale completed the course in 22:45:00 (provisional time).
Dale described the experience and achievement as an “honour” and stressed that without the help and assistance of his invaluable support crew, which included his wife Denise Mathers (Newry City Runners), who ran the first and last legs of the route with him, the prestigious finishers title would not have been possible. For an insight into the epic challenge, check out the Bob Graham Round website HERE.
Also last weekend, Seapark AC ultra-runners Gary Connolly and Gillian Cordner took on Hadrians Wall Ultra in England. The 2 day event (Saturday 22nd June and Sunday 23rd June 2013) runs from Carlisle Castle to the Millennuim Bridge in Gateshead and covers a 69 mile multi-terrain course, with 32 miles on Saturday and 37 miles on Sunday. On Saturday, the duo, who were running together, completed the distance in 5:39:21. On Sunday, Gary and Gillian ran well to complete the last leg of the challenging course in 6:47:21. This gave the long distance specialists a total finish time of 12:26:42, which secured an excellent 4th place in the team standings.
Northern Ireland star performs well in England:
On Sunday 23rd June 2013, Northern Ireland man Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) travelled to Gateshead, England for the BUPA Great North 10k Run; an event that attracts in excess of 5,000 competitors on an annual basis.
Paul, who won the NI & Ulster 5,000m Championship last Saturday (15th June 2013) and then the Lisburn Half Marathon on Wednesday (19th June 2013), performed to his usually high standard in what was a classy field. In a close race, the exceptionally talented Belfast man recorded 30:37 to finish in 3rd place. The race was won by Great Britain XC runner Ryan McLeod (Tipton Harriers) in 30:28.
Local doctor, Paul is currently training hard as he focuses on this summer’s IAAF World Championships in Russia, where he is due to represent Ireland in the marathon.
Reynolds, Foster, Harty and Harvey all represent Ireland in Santry:
Sunday 23rd June 2013, three Northern Ireland athletes represented Ireland on Day 2 of the European Athletics Team Championships in the Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin (Ireland). The ‘1st League’ fixture, which started yesterday (Saturday 22nd June 2013), saw an Ireland team, which included six Northern Ireland based runners, take on strong teams from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.
After an excellent Day 1, hopes were high that the team could continue their impressive points haul. In better conditions than those experienced by athletes on Saturday, expectations were once again high in the well packed and atmospheric Morton Stadium.
North Down AC’s Ben Reynolds was the first NI based athlete to step onto the track for his 110m hurdles event (Heat 1) and he received a loud reception from the appreciative crowd. Ben got the day off to an exceptional start, powering out of the blocks and over the hurdles to claim an outstanding victory in 13.71secs; this time not only beat his current Northern Ireland 110m hurdles record, but it is also a Commonwealth Games qualifying standard. Ben finished in 3rd place overall whenever the times from the two 110m hurdles heats/races were combined, the overall winner was Hungarian Baji Balazs (13.45secs).
Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) enjoyed a good run in the 100m competition yesterday (Saturday) when she finished in fifth place overall (11.97secs). Thankfully, the conditions were better today when Amy toed the line for the 200m race (Heat 1); over the distance, Amy produced another solid run, clocking 24.25secs to take 3rd place in the race. This left her (Amy) in 9th place overall, the competition was won by Angela Morosanu (Romania) in 23.48secs.
In the ladies 5,000m event, Kerry Harty (Newcastle AC) started very well, leading the quality field through 1,000m and also 3,000m, before distinguished Portuguese athlete Anna Dulce Felix upped the pace and moved clear with Jip Vastenburg (Netherlands) and Roxana Barca (Romania). Despite tiring, Kerry (16:52.54) battled well to gain a valuable five points for the team, finishing in 8th place overall. Jip Vastenburg (16:12.88) won the race in an exciting finish.
Local man Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC) played his part in one of the stand out Ireland performances of the weekend, which saw the 4x400m relay team win Heat 1 and the 4x400m competition overall in 30:08.12. The team, which also included yesterday’s 400m winner Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers), Dara Kervick (Carrick on Suir AC) and Richard Morrissey (Crusaders AC) gradually moved clear of the remainder of the field as the race progressed and eventually won by over two seconds.
This is how the Northern Ireland runners’ team mates performed:
The 4x400m ladies relay team won Heat 1 in an impressive 3:38.43, this was enough to secure a 3rd place overall. Heat 2 winners Romania took the overall title in 3:40.77. Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) finished 5th in the Heat 2 of the 100m hurdles after recording 13.54secs (6th place overall). The 100m hurdles overall winner was Rosina Hodde (Netherlands) in 13.17secs. Tallaght AC’s Anthony Liego (1:53.05) claimed two points for the team when he finished in 11th place in his 800m race, which was won by Tomas Kazi (Hungary) in 1:50.96.
Rose-Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC) was called up to the 1500m race after Claire Tarplee (DSD AC) was withdrawn because of illness. Rose-Anne, who ran well in the 800m on Saturday, put in another good performance, finishing in 6th place after clocking 4:26.04 in the race won by Maureen Koster in 4:22.66. Rose-Anne finished in 6th place in the overall standings as well. Thomas Cotter (Dunleer AC) just missed a top three finish when he recorded 8:56.31 (4th place) in the 3000m steeplechase. This was enough for 4th place overall, with Mitko Tsenov (Bulgaria) taking top honours in 8:45.16. Another man who secured nine points for the team was David McCarthy (West Waterford AC), the well-known star finished in 4th place in the 3000m race, crossing the line in 8:20.08. The race was won by Niclas Sandells (Finland) in 8:17.78. Marcus Lawlor (St Laurence O’Toole AC) ran 21.71secs (5th place) in Heat 2 of the 200m competition, this meant he was 6th overall. Pavel Maslak (Czech Republic) won the event in 21.20secs. In the overall team standings, Ireland finished in a very credible seventh place, with Czech Republic topping the final points table.
In other European Athletics Team News: In Gateshead, England; the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team were in competition in the ‘Super League’ of the European Athletics Team Championships. The team, which included no runners from Northern Ireland, finished in third place in the overall team standings, with Russia lifting the top prize.
O'Hara runs Pb in Dunshaughlin, while Sperrin Harriers complete midnight marathon:
On Saturday 22nd June 2013, North Belfast Harriers’ Alan O’Hara travelled south to Dunshaughlin, County Meath (Ireland) for the 34th annual running of the Michael Manning Memorial 10k road race, an event organised by Dunshaughlin AC.
Alan has been running extremely well this year, and has clocked new personal bests over 5k (15:14), 10k (31:43) and most recently, Half Marathon distance, when he finished as runner up to Freddie Sittuk at the Larne Half Marathon earlier this month, running 1:08:38. Up against a quality field of nearly seven hundred athletes, Alan produced yet another notable performance, smashing the aforementioned new 10k personal best by forty seconds when he crossed the line in 31:03 to finish in 3rd place. The race was won by Irish Olympian Mark Kenneally in 29:46. Armagh AC legend Dermot Kerr also ran well, topping the Vet55 category in 35:09 (49th place).
Also in the south, NICSAC athlete Trevor Denton and Sperrin Harriers’ Darren Warnock, Steven Morrison and Eamon Sheehan took on the Le Cheile AC organised midnight marathon on Saturday 22nd June 2013. The 26.2 mile event was held on a grass track in Leixlip, Kildare and was won by Graham McGrath (Eagle AC) in 3:17:01. Trevor led the Northern Ireland contigent home in 4:07:37 (20th place), while Darren, who was completing his fifth marathon in ten weeks, crossed the line in 4:15:43 (24th place). Steven followed in 4:38:29 (31st place), but unfortunately Eamon, who completed a double ironman just three weeks ago was forced to withdraw at half way. This was down to fatigue relating to his amazing ironman achievement.
Results: Dunshaughlin 10k 2013 Results – Le Cheile Midnight Marathon 2013 Results (Currently Unavailable)
Dromore Coummunity 10k and 5k Road Race:
On Saturday 22nd June 2013, runners braved wet and windy conditions as they took on the Dromore 10k road race and associated 5k race in County Tyrone. The event, which covers an undulating rural course is now in its 5th year and offers something for everyone, with a 5k walk also part of the programme.
In truth, Paul Barbour (Omagh Harriers) was a cut above the remainder of the field; having placed well at several local events this year, a victory was always coming and today proved to be that day. Paul covered the 6.2 mile course in 34:16 to win comfortably. Sperrin Harriers’ Jonathan Dempsey took 2nd place in 37:50, before the leading lady, Julie Butler (Omagh Harriers) finished in third place over all, thus taking the female title just outside the forty minute mark – 40:02.
Eddie Molloy (Unattached) completed the men’s podium in 40:22, while experienced road and mountain runner Angela Speight (Finn Valley AC) secured 2nd place in the ladies race, crossing the line in 41:16. Mairead McCann (Omagh Harriers), a regular podium finisher in 2013, was the next lady to finish, after recording 42:55.
In the 5k race, Finn Valley AC’s James Speight, held onto the title he won impressively last year, clocking 18:41 for the course. Consistent performer Fergus McGirr (Enniskillen Running Club) took 2nd place in 18:48, before Brendan Collins (Omagh Harriers) finished in 19:25 (3rd place). The ladies race was an interesting affair, with junior international Sara Moore (Omagh Harriers) leading the field in the early stages. Helen Stockdale (Clones AC) was always in contention and at the half-way point, she (Helen) made what would prove to be a race winning decision, the Northern Ireland international XC runner surged clear and held the lead until the line, winning in 21:07. Sara claimed a well-deserved 2nd place in 21:54, while Sara’s sister Toni Moore, another future Northern Ireland star, took 3rd place in 22:59.
Top 3 Men: 1st Paul Barbour (Omagh Harriers) – 34:16, 2nd Jonathan Dempsey (Sperrin Harriers) – 37:50, 3rd Eddie Molloy (Unattached) – 40:22
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Julie Butler (Omagh Harriers) – 40:02, 2nd Angela Speight (Finn Valley AC) – 41:16, 3rd Mairead McCann (Omagh Harriers) – 42:55
Top 3 Men: 1st James Speight (Finn Valley AC) – 18:41, 2nd Fergus McGirr (Enniskillen Running Club) – 18:48, 3rd Brendan Collins (Omagh Harriers) – 19:25
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Helen Stockdale (Clones AC) – 21:07, 2nd Sara Moore (Omagh Harriers) – 21:54, 3rd Toni Moore (Omagh Harriers) – 22:59
In other news: On Friday 21st June 2013, Helen Stockdale (Clones AC), winner of the Dromore 5k race, also enjoyed a podium finish at the Aghyaran 5k road race (County Donegal), close to the border village of Castlederg, County Tyrone. Helen (19:15) finished in 3rd place, behind race winner Teresa McGloin (Finn Valley AC), who ran 16:45. In the same race, City of Derry AC’s James Brown clocked 16:44 (7th place), while Foyle Valley AC’s Darragh McNulty just missed a sub 20 minute finish, when he crossed the line in 20:03. The men’s race was won by Gerard Gallagher (Finn Valley AC) in 15:38.
Results: Aghyaran 5k Road Race 2013 Results
European Athletics Team Championships... Update after Day (Saturday 22nd June 2013):
Saturday 22nd June 2013 brought Day 1 of the much anticipated European Athletics Team Championships in the Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin (Ireland). The ‘1st League’ fixture saw an Ireland team, which includes six Northern Ireland based runners, take on strong teams from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.
On Saturday, Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC), Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC), Jason Smyth (City of Derry AC) and Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim AC) were all in action, with Kerry Harty (Newcastle AC) and Ben Reynolds (North Down AC) running on Sunday.
Jason Harvey was the first NI athlete into the blocks for his 400m hurdles event; having recently clocked a Commonwealth Games qualifying standard and new personal best of 50.27secs for the distance, much was expected of the young star. True to form, Jason produced a gritty performance in what was described as “awful running conditions”, finishing in 4th place in a time of 51.86secs. This was enough to secure 5th place overall when the times for Heat 1 and Heat 2 were combined. The overall 400m hurdles winner was Magi Rasmas (Estonia), who clocked 51.07secs in Heat 2.
Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) received the same loud welcome as Jason, from the vocal Morton Stadium crowd, when she lined up in Heat 2 of the 100m competition. Amy came out of the blocks and led for approximately 60 metres into the strong headwind (-5.5m), but tired slightly towards the end. In a blanket finish, which saw the third to sixth placed ladies finish within 0.02secs of each other, Amy took 5th place in 11.97secs. Amy also finished in 5th place overall, with Ivet Lalova (Bulagria), winner of Heat 2 being crowned overall winner in 11.79secs.
Heat 2 of the men’s 100m event, which included City of Derry AC’s Jason Smyth, proved to be even closer than the aforementioned ladies 100m. Like Amy, Jason was up against a strong headwind (-3.6m), but battled well to claim 3rd place in 10.78secs; he just pipped three other athletes who finished in exactly the same time to the finish, which proved important, as his overall 3th place ranking gained a further 10 points for the Ireland team. The men’s overall 100m winner was Churandy Martina (Netherlands), who recorded 10.46secs.
Unfortunately the men’s 4x100m relay team, which included Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Dean Adams dropped the baton, which meant instant disqualification for the four men.
This is how the Northern Ireland runners' Ireland team mates performed:
Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) was the teams top performer of the day, winning the 400m race in 46.32secs, thus gaining a maximum 12 points for the team. Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC) achieved a top three finish in the 400m hurdles, clocking 57.50secs for the distance. This was enough to seal 3rd place in the race and also the overall competition, which was won by Donisa Rosolova (Czech Republic) in 55.34secs. Sinead Denny (DSD AC) recorded 54.74secs to take 2nd place in Heat 1 of the ladies 400m, this was good enough for 7th place in the overall 400m standings topped by Zuzana Hejnova (Czech Republic) who won Heat 2 in 51.90secs.
Rose-Anne Galligan (Newbridge AC) and Shane Quinn (Ferrybank AC) both performed well for the team; Rose-Anne covered the 800m in 2:04.26 (5th place), the race was won by Mirela Lauric (Romania) in 2:03.44. Shane missed out on a top three spot in the 5,000m by the shortest of margins, but still collected nine valuable Championship points for the Irish team when he finished in 14:56.09. Abdi Bashir (Belgium) took maximum points (12 points) when he finished in first place after clocking 14:52.78.
The action continues tomorrow (Sunday 23rd June 2013), when Northern Ireland based runners Kerry Harty (Newcastle AC) and Ben Reynolds (North Down AC) will be in competition over 5,000m and 110m hurdles respectively.
In other European Athletics Team Championships news: In Gateshead, England; the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team were in competition in the ‘Super League’ of the European Athletics Team Championships. The team, which included no runners from Northern Ireland, finished Day 1 in third place in the overall team standings. They lie behind Russia and Germany going into Day 2.
Michael Stewart and Gillian Burns win Ards 5m Challenge:
On Friday 21st June 2013, Ards Lions Club took the reins of the Ards 5 mile Challenge for the first time and were supported by the Northern Ireland running community. The charitable organisation took over control of the event from the Ards and District Charity Committee.
On an undulating course, it was Dromore AC’s Michael Stewart who impressed most. The County Down man produced a strong performance to seal victory in a new personal best of 28:54. Ballydrain Harriers’ Ryan Andrews, an undoubted talent, more used to the track, took on the five mile distance for the first time. Unfazed, the junior athlete, still classed as an U-17 ran well and just missed out on the infamous sub 30 minute barrier when he crossed the line in 30:25 (2nd place). Unattached athlete Gerry Cox completed the top three men in 30:44 (3rd place).
In the ladies race, Dromore AC’s Gillian Burns was a dominant force; Gillian set the pace throughout, before taking a well-deserved victory and completing an excellent double for Dromore AC in 31:33. North Belfast Harriers’ Amanda Perry claimed 2nd place in 33:38, while Fiona Johnston (Unattached) showed no signs of fatigue from a good run at the Lisburn Half Marathon, just 48 hours earlier, to take 3rd place in 34:38.
Top 3 Men: 1st Michael Stewart (Dromore AC) – 28:54, 2nd Ryan Andrews (Ballydrain Harriers) – 30:25, 3rd Gerry Cox (Unattached) – 30:44
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Gillian Burns (Dromore AC) – 31:33, 2nd Amanda Perry (North Belfast Harriers) – 33:38, 3rd Fiona Johnston (Unattached) – 34:38
Results: Ards Lions 5m Challenge 2013 Results
Hundreds of runners turn out to support new Belfast Solstice 5k race:
On Friday 21st June 2013, nearly three hundred runners took over the streets of Belfast City Centre as they participated in the first ever running of the Belfast Solstice Run. The 5k course was flat and fast, and included two City Centre based loops before finishing in front of the iconic Belfast City Hall.
In wet conditions, Eddie McGinley (Annadale Striders) showed his class; the Belfast man, who recently won the prestigious Highgate Harriers 10k in England, left the field in his wake as he cruised to victory in 15:27. Behind, Ryan Sharkey (Lagan Valley AC) and Justin Maxwell (Unattached) battled it out for the runners up spot until the 3k mark, when Ryan showed his track speed and edged clear of ultra-runner Justin. This proved to be a decisive move, with Ryan holding his lead to take 2nd place in 16:07. Justin claimed the final podium place in 16:17.
Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers), a second place finisher at last weekend’s IMRA European Mountain Running Championship trials, secured an impressive victory in 17:17. City of Lisburn AC’s Judith Lowry performed brilliantly, especially considering that she finished fourth in the Lisburn 10k just two days ago. The talented triathlete, who also excels at running, covered the course in 18:05 (2nd place). Pre-race favourite, Hannah Oldroyd (Saltaire Striders), who is currently in Northern Ireland running all of the provinces parkrun courses, took 3rd place in 18:33.
Top 3 Men: 1st Eddie McGinley (Annadale Striders) – 15:27, 2nd Ryan Sharkey (Lagan Valley AC) – 16:07, 3rd Justin Maxwell (Unattached) – 16:17
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers) – 17:17, 2nd Judith Lowry (City of Lisburn AC) – 18:05, 3rd Hannah Oldroyd (Saltaire Striders) – 18:33
Results: Belfast Solstice Run 2013 Results
Lagan Valley AC host ‘Super 5’ Series (Meet 4) at Mary Peters Track:
On Thursday 20th June 2013, hundreds of athletes descended on the Mary Peters Track, Belfast, for the fourth instalment of the Power NI ‘Super 5’ Series, organised by Lagan Valley AC.
The biggest fields of the night were the U-11 boys and girls 100m races, with eighty one entrants in total, meaning that a heat format was used and the winner decided by the fastest time from all the heats. The boy’s race was won by Zac Moraghan (North Down AC) in 14.86secs, who beat Ballymena & Antrim AC’s Ryan O’Kane (14.90secs) by 0.04secs. Megan Drummond (North Down AC) won the girls race in 15.92secs.
The U-13 100m boys race was won by Ryan Carmichael (Newry AC) in 14.53secs, while Scott Doherty (Ballymena & Antrim AC) won the U-15 equivalent in 12.45secs. Anna McCauley (City of Lisburn AC) just edged out Elizabeth Little (Banbridge AC) in the U-13 100m girls race, with Anna covering the distance in 13.87secs and Elizabeth in 13.97secs. Four U-15 girls finished within 0.02secs of each other in their 100m event, Emma Smith (East Down AC) ran 13.38secs to win, while Saskia Greer (North Down AC), Caitlin Maguire (North Belfast Harriers) and Alanna Wilson (Dromore AC) clocked 13.39secs, 13.39secs and 13.40secs respectively.
City of Lisburn AC starlet Ciaran Barnes (11.85secs) won the U-17 boys 100m, while Heather Carson (Ballymena & Antrim AC) topped the standings in the U-17/Senior Women 100m race, after running 12.98secs. Heather’s club mate Lydia Mills (13.34secs) won the U-17 category, with Orangegrove AC’s Emma Smith taking the Vet35 prize in 14.78secs. Newry City based club 3 Ways AC celebrated as Odhran Hamilton (4:12.16) won the U-11 boys 1200m race; Ben Gracey (Dromore AC) took the U-13 title in 4:22.15. Aoife Farrell (East Down AC), a consistent performer in the McGrady Financial XC Series through the winter, won the U-13 girls 1100m race in 4:01.98; Tara Breen (Newry AC) won the U-15 event in 4:05.03. Up and coming Lagan Valley AC star Rachel Scott won the U-11 girls 1200m race in 4:26.28.
There was a plethora of categories in both the male and female 1500m races. Ryan Carmichael (Newry AC) followed on from his 100m win earlier in the evening with a brilliant win in the U-13 category, recording 5:04.83. James Edgar (City of Derry AC) won the U-15 boys race in 4:38.88. The U-17/U-20/Senior and Veteran Men all toed the line at the same time, with Willowfield Harriers’ Andrew Wright (U-20) leading the field home in 4:12.47. Newry AC’s Oisin O’Callaghan (4:16.67) continued his good run of form to take the U-17 title, before Mark Wright (Annadale Striders) claimed the Vet45 category in 4:17.42. Unattached athlete Lee Maginnis was the next veteran winner, taking the Vet35 prize in 4:23.27; Barrie Atkinson (East Down AC), who was in the senior men’s category, followed in 4:28.06. In-form Nigel McKibbin (Dromore AC) missed a sub 4:30.00 finish by the narrowest of margins when he crossed the line in 4:30.01, but a win in the Vet40 category will make up for that.
Talented Beechmount Harriers lady Lorna Fitzpatrick (U-20) led the U-17/U-20/Senior/Veteran ladies field home in 4:50.53, closely followed by Amy McDaid (City of Derry AC), who achieved a new personal best of 4:55.23. Catherine O’Connor (East Down AC) won the senior women’s category in 5:10.21, while Balmoral Harriers’ Ciara McKillop (5:14.28) and City of Lisburn AC’s Jamie Rose (6:02.99) claimed the U-17 and Vet40 titles respectively.
Full Results: Lagan Valley AC ‘Super 5’ Series (Meet 4) 2013 Results
Three days of racing lies ahead for Northern Ireland runners:
As the weekend approaches, athletes from Northern Ireland will be preparing for events in Belfast, Newtownards, Lisnaskea, Dromore (County Tyrone), Dublin (Ireland) and Carlisle (England); and that’s only the races we know about! Once again, racing will be over three days, with events due to take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On Friday 21st June 2013, the first ever Belfast Solstice 5k road race will take place in the heart of Northern Ireland’s capital city, Belfast. The course will start at Wellington Place and cover two laps, before finishing at the iconic Belfast City Hall.
The flat and fast course should attract several high profile entrants, which may include the likes of Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC), Richard Johnston (City of Derry AC) and Belfast based men Alan O’Hara (North Belfast Harriers) and Ben Branagh (St Malachy’s AC).
All four have been in good form recently; this year, Scott has achieved silver medals at both the Athletics NI 5k (Road) Championships and also the more recent NI & Ulster 5,000m Championships. The Foyle Valley AC speedster is a regular podium finisher and has a personal best of 14:43 for the 5k distance. Richard will also go into the race in good spirits, having put in an impressive performance to win last Friday’s Active Antrim 5 mile race. The City of Derry Spartan also won a bronze medal at the Athletics NI 5k (Road) Championships earlier this year. Alan O’Hara is another man who has enjoyed a successful 2013, the popular North Belfast Harriers athlete has recorded personal bests over 5k (15:14), 10k (31:43) and Half Marathon (1:08:38); young Ben clocked 15:20 at the Armagh International 5k in February 2013 and has been going well on the track recently, his 8:51 over 3000m back in May 2013 was particularly impressive.
The aforementioned men will be joined on the start line by Justin Maxwell (Unattached), Frank Sharkey (Lagan Valley AC) and North Belfast Harriers’ Paul Blaney, John Patience, Paul Jenkins, Greg McClure and Jim Newberry as well as up and coming stars Ryan Sharkey (Lagan Valley AC), Christy Conlon (Beechmount Harriers), Connor McQuillan (North Belfast Harriers), Niall McIlhatton (Beechmount Harriers) and Conal McCambridge (North Belfast Harriers).
Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (North Belfast Harriers), Kelly Neely (City of Lisburn AC) and Cathy McCourt (North Belfast Harriers) all produced notable performances last week; should they decide to rest this weekend, the ladies race will see Hannah Oldroyd (Saltaire Striders) take on Lyndsey Pronger (Unattached), Sarah Steer (Orangegrove AC) and Heather White (County Antrim Harriers). Hannah is from Yorkshire (England) and is in Northern Ireland with fellow parkrun podcaster, Steve Derby, whilst they run each of the Northern Ireland parkrun courses. She (Hannah) has really progressed through the ranks over the past few years and this year Hannah has stepped onto the podium on a regular basis (including the Cork City Marathon) and clocked 5:22 for the mile at the recent Westminster Mile event. Lyndsey had a good run at the Runher Coastal Challenge 10k, where she finished just outside the top ten, in what was a talented field. Sarah has finished in third place in all three of this year’s East Antrim Harriers trail races and will hope to keep up that kind of form, while Heather is a consistent performer whenever she races. North Belfast Harriers’ Claire Connor was brilliant over 5km at the Queen’s Sport ‘race around the river’ earlier this year, a race she (Claire) won in 18:17. If Claire opts for a late entry, she will achieve a podium place. Kate Montgomery (Lagan Valley AC), Carol Annesley (East Antrim Harriers) and Marian Hayes (East Antrim Harriers) should be category winners.
Also on Friday 21st June 2013, Ards Lions Club will host their annual Ards 5 mile Challenge in Newtownards, County Down. The course has received mixed reviews from former participants but that won’t deter any newcomers.
After having completed the Lisburn Half Marathon on Wednesday night, this race may come a few days early for East Down AC front man Brendan Teer; however, North Down AC’s Francis Marsh and Dennis Scott may well enter on the night. Francis has been racing sparingly on the roads this year, but if he brings his performance from last Saturday’s NI & Ulster Championships 5,000m race, where he finished in 15:58, onto the tarmac, the experienced coach will prove hard to beat. Dennis has gone from strength to strength this year and ran a nine minute personal best at the Virgin London Marathon (2:46:13) in April 2013.
Neil McCartan (East Down AC) has been running very well on the track this year, but may feature on the roads this weekend; should that be the case, the NiRunning Mile winner will finish well up the field. Stephen Wylie (North Down AC) will also be a top finisher, while newly elected North Down mayor Andrew Muir (North Down AC) will hope to begin his rein with a personal best, should he decide to participate.
The ladies race is a hard one to predict, but could include accomplished triathlete Kerry Speers (North Down AC). Kerry is especially impressive off-road but has the quality to transfer that onto the road. Catherine O’Connor (East Down AC), winner of the Castle Ward 10k and a podium finisher at the Downpatrick Lions 14km last month, could be another on the night entry. North Down AC’s Nikki Heywood could also take part and may be joined by club mate Rachel Gibson, should she decide to test her current track speed over a longer distance.
The third and final event on Friday 21st June 2013 is the Lisnaskea 10k in County Fermanagh; with the G8 summit been and gone, residents will line the streets for runners instead of world leaders, and the event should prove popular with locals, with it being part of the town’s annual festival.
Stephen Prentice (Enniskillen Running Club) will head the field; the local man secured an impressive win in the Jengana 10k, where he ran 34:33 over an off-road course. Stephen’s Enniskillen Running Club team mate Adam Cooke will be another podium finisher, while their ERC friends David Somerville and Craig Phair will also hope for high placing’s.
The ladies race should include Tara Malone (Enniskillen Running Club) and Denise Toner (Clones AC); despite being the less experienced runner of the pair, Tara is progressively making a good name for herself, with 5th place and 6th place finishes at the Larne and Omagh Half Marathons. However, Denise will be a tough nut to crack, having claimed prizes at the recent Killyclougher 10k and Sperrin Harriers ‘classic’ 5 mile road races. Denise is also the current NI & Ulster Intermediate XC Champion.
On Saturday 22nd June 2013, the action moves to Dromore (County Tyrone), where the town’s annual 10k road race will take place. The event, which covers an undulating course, is now in its fifth year and will attract a good mixture of club runners, fun runners and walkers because of the associated 5k race and 5k walk.
As last year’s winner, Stephen Duncan (Omagh Harriers) is unlikely to participate, his crown will be up for grabs. However, it is unlikely that the aforementioned crown will leave the Omagh Harriers trophy cabinet, as Omagh Harriers’ Paul Barbour will start as pre-race favourite. Having won the Killyclougher 10k in May 2013 and taken the runners up spot at the Tattyreagh 5 mile road race more recently, Paul has shown that he has winning credentials. Pius McIntyre (Foyle Valley AC), winner of this week’s Hillview 4 mile road race, may be another notable contender, as will Bryan Young (Unattached) and Michael Kerr (Carmen Runners). Meanwhile, regular performers Damian Cox (Omagh Harriers), Connor Moore (Omagh Harriers) and Derek Somerville (Omagh Harriers) will place well.
Karen Alexander (Sperrin Harriers), winner of the Cooley Legends Half Marathon, Lost Worlds 25k and the Mourne Way Marathon, amongst other recent races, will win if she toes the line. The Sperrin Harriers lady has been unbeatable of late and despite the good opposition that should turn out, such as Michelle Sturm (Omagh Harriers), Helen Stockdale (Clones AC) and Sara Moore (Omagh Harriers), it’s hard to look any further for a possible winner. Other ladies who should race include Miread McCann (Omagh Harriers), Caroline Miller (Omagh Harriers) and Patricia Campbell (Omagh Harriers).
Further afield on Saturday 22nd June 2013, Seapark AC endurance enthusiasts Gillian Cordner and Gary Connolly will take on the 69 mile Hadrians Wall Ultra Marathon in England, the testing, multi-terrain course takes competitors from Carlisle to Newcastle/Gateshead.
On Saturday 22nd June and Sunday 23rd June 2013, six Northern Ireland based runners will be amongst the fifty strong Athletics Ireland team taking part in the European Athletics Team Championships, in Santry, Dublin (Ireland). The local athletes will be up against teams from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.
Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC) will take on both the 100m and 200m races, while Kerry Harty (Newcastle AC) will race over 5,000m. Jason Harvey (Crusaders AC), who recently clocked a new 400m hurdles personal best (50.27secs) whilst also achieving a Commonwealth Games qualification standard, will line up in the 400m hurdles and also the 4x400m relay. Paralympic gold medallist Jason Smyth (City of Derry AC) will race over his speciality 100m race, while North Down AC’s Ben Reynolds will race in the 110m hurdles. Dean Adams (Ballymena & Antrim AC) will be part of the 4x100m relay team. This event will be broadcast live on Setanta Ireland.
Northern Ireland welcomes it’s eleventh ‘parkrun’ to the province this Saturday (22nd June 2013), with the first ever running of the Ormeau Park event in Belfast at 9.30am. Steve Derby and Hannah Oldroyd, co-producers of the parkrun podcast, will join competitors as they cover the first 5km time trial to be held in the popular Belfast park. The other ten parkrun events in Northern ireland will also take place as normal, for more information on these, or to locate your nearest event, please visit our dedicated ‘parkrun’ section within our fixtures page.
Stephen Cunningham and Shileen O’Kane impress in Hill & Dale Series:
On Thursday 20th June 2013, over one hundred and fifty runners turned out for the penultimate Hill & Dale race of the year. On this occasion, the course for the Newcastle AC hosted event covered the ‘Hen & Cock’ mountain summits.
After his absence last week, Stephen Cunningham (Mourne Runners) announced his return with a dominant performance. Having won Saturday’s Flagstaff to Carlingford race, Stephen sealed his second victory in five days, completing the 3.5 mile, three summit route (with 1,600ft of ascending) in 28:03. The ever impressive Ian Bailey (Newcastle AC), winner of last weeks ‘Rocky’ race and a regular on the Hill & Dale podium finisher took 2nd place in 28:41, while Seamus Lynch (Newcastle AC) claimed 3rd place in 29:40.
Shileen Kane (Lagan Valley AC) notched up another series race win, bettering her second place finish in the Cooley Mountains at the weekend, with a top spot in 35:15. Another Lagan Valley AC athlete, Anne Sandford, covered the tough course in 39:05, before Denise Mathers (Newry City Runners) completed the top three ladies in 40:59.
Top 3 Men: 1st Stephen Cunningham (Mourne Runners) – 28:03, 2nd Ian Bailey (Newcastle AC) – 28:41, 3rd Seamus Lynch (Newcastle AC) – 29:40
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC) – 35:15, 2nd Anne Sandford (Lagan Valley AC) – 39:05, 3rd Denise Mathers (Newry City Runners) – 40:59
Dunree 5k and Hillview 4 mile Road Race round-up:
On Wednesday 19th June 2013, Northern Ireland runners picked up top honours in races north and south of the border; the Hillview 4 mile road race in Derry/Londonderry and the Dunree 5k in County Donegal (Ireland).
In the Dunree 5k race, City of Derry AC’s Emmett McGinty sealed victory in 15:31. Emmett was followed by Chris McGuiness (Foyle Valley AC) in 15:38 (2nd place) and Paul Caffrey (City of Derry AC), who recorded 16:37 (3rd place). City of Derry AC men Benny Mullan (17:12) and Eoghan Furey (17:59) followed in 5th place and 8th place respectively. Alan Orr (Foyle Valley AC) crossed the line in 18:27 (13th place), before Michael Collins (City of Derry AC) recorded 19:08 (18th place).
Details on the Hillview 4 mile road race are still minimal; however, we can tell you that Pius McIntyre (Foyle Valley AC) broke the course record when he won in 21:33 and established road and mountain runner, Allan Bogle (City of Derry AC) secured 2nd place in 21:53. In the ladies race, Catherine Whoriskey (City of Derry AC) returned to competition in style, winning in 25:17. Miriam Bridge (City of Derry AC), racing for the first time since her notable performance in the Walled City Marathon, showed that she has lost none of her speed; the talented lady ran 26:46 to take 2nd place.
Results: Dunree 5k Road Race 2013 Results – Hillview 4 mile Road Race 2013 Results (Currently Unavailable)
*Note* We apologise for the delay in this article; however, we can not upload an article until we have at least the top three male/female finishers (with their times). Full race results for the Hillview 4 mile race are still outstanding, they will be added whenever they become available.
Pure Running HM Series update, courtesy of ChampionChip Ireland:
The Lisburn Half Marathon, on Wednesday 19th June 2013, attracted its usual high turnout with a large number of runners needing to complete the race to register their third time/race of the Pure Running/ChampionChip Ireland Half Marathon Series and establish themselves on the leaderboard.
Julie Balmer (North Down AC) was second over the line in Lisburn and has leapt to the top of the women's rankings, Julie now leads the F35 category ahead of Larne AC’s Geraldine Quigley. Diane Watson from City of Lisburn AC found time to help with the pack collection before running in Lisburn as well; Diane went on to record an excellent 1:36:26 and now leads the F40 category, while Penny Duncan-Lindsay (East Antrim Harriers) now heads the F45 group. Up & Runners’ Catherine Fearon and Dromore AC’s Mary Mackin currently top their respective FO and F55 categories.
In the male categories, Don Travers (Newry City Runners) has emerged as the nearest challenger to Gary O'Hanlon (Clonliffe Harriers) in the M35 and Gareth Grew (North Belfast Harriers) leads the F40 from John McConnell (Up & Runners). John decided not to run Lisburn and save himself for the forthcoming Ards Half Marathon. The closest contest is in the MO category, with only five seconds separating Kent Swann (North Belfast Harriers) and Peter Williams (Unattached) in Lisburn; In the Series, Kent leads the section by nineteen seconds after five races. This category looks set to go right to the wire in the second half of races.
The tough conditions in Lisburn took its toll and reduced the number of runners who have taken part in all five of the races to eighteen, this still includes Michael McKeown (East Down AC) and Angus McCready (Up & Runners) who have been ever present since the Series began. Michael is currently third in his M45 category, while Angus sits in sixth place in the M40 standings. The next race in the Pure Running/ChampionChip Ireland Half Marathon Series is the Ards Half Marathon, which takes place in Newtownards on Friday 28th June 2013.
Current standings: Pure Running/ChampionChip Ireland Half Marathon Series 2013
*Note* Our Lisburn Half Marathon and 10k summary (and results) are below this article.
Annadale Striders celebrate double victory as Pearson seals impressive win:
On Wednesday 19th June 2013, over 2,500 runners turned out for the Lisburn Half Marathon, 10k and Fun Run events. A sun soaked Lisburn LeisurePlex was the race HQ and the popular Leisure Centre was bustling hours before the planned race start times, creating an excellent atmosphere, which was further heightened by the upbeat music from radio broadcasters U105.
The Half Marathon entrants were the first to toe the line in the warm, humid conditions. Immediately, the three obvious front runners, Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders), Brian McMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) and Brendan Teer (East Down AC) came to the fore; Don Travers (Newry City Runners), James Brown (Unattached), Michael Fitzpatrick (North Belfast Harriers), Richard Coey (Unattached), Nigel Greer (Dromore AC), Darren McAllister (East Antrim Harriers) and Gareth Grew (North Belfast Harriers) were amongst the chasing pack.
The Ladies race was always going to be close between Julie Balmer (North Down AC) and Donna Evans (Monaghan Phoenix AC), and there was no splitting the pair in the early stages. Roisin Hughes (North Belfast Harriers), Gillian Douglas (Unattached), Ruth Hill (Unattached) and Geraldine Quigley (Larne AC) also looked good and appeared to be dealing with the heat well. As the race progressed towards the half-way point, man of the moment, Paul Pollock was showing his class and had forged a two minute gap between himself and the pursuing pair, Brian McMahon and Brendan Teer. Don Travers had dropped off the leading men but was still running strongly. In the ladies race, Donna Evans had the upper hand on Julie Balmer as they went through 6.2 miles, with the southern based lady having a forty second lead. Behind, Roisin Hughes had firmly stamped her authority on third place.
As the crowds gathered at the impressive finishing area, it was Moscow (World Championships) bound Paul Pollock who entered the winding final section first; the AAI National Half Marathon champion cruised towards the line, breaking the tape in 1:07:58 to win. Irish International mountain runner Brian McMahon followed in 1:12:56 (2nd place), with current NI & Ulster Senior XC champion Brendan Teer taking 3rd place in 1:13:34. The closely fought ladies race came to a head in the final meters; Julie Balmer had produced an excellent second half to demolish the forty second advantage of Donna Evans, but it was Donna who just pipped Julie to the finish line. Donna’s final surge took her across the line in 1:24:51, with Julie just three seconds behind in 1:24:54. Roisin Hughes, a very consistent performer, claimed 3rd place in 1:31:31.
The 10k field was just as full of talent, with the likes of Patrick Hamilton (Annadale Striders), Keith Shiels (Foyle Valley AC), Andrew Considine (North Belfast Harriers), Eamon White (North Belfast Harriers), Conor Curran (North Belfast Harriers), Anne Paul (City of Derry AC), Ciara Coffey (Club Pulse AC), Judith Lonnen (City of Lisburn AC), Catriona McCorkell (Lagan Valley AC), Julie Murphy (Lagan Valley AC) and Denise Logue (Ballydrain Harriers) on the start list.
At the front, it was Patrick Hamilton and Keith Shiels, two men in amazing form at the moment, who appeared most hungry for the win. The talented duo gradually isolated themselves from the chasing pack, which included Eamon White, Andrew Considine, Conor Curran and Fionnbharr Toolan (Club Unknown). In the ladies race, Rachel Pearson (Unattached) was creating somewhat of a surprise. The relatively unknown lady was leading the field, ahead of more experienced athletes Ciara Coffey, Anne Paul and Judith Lonnen.
In the end it was Patrick Hamilton, winner of the recent Banbridge 10k and Craigavon Lakes 10k who claimed a well-deserved victory in 31:03. Keith was forced to settle for his second runner up spot in a week, after crossing the line in a new personal best of 31:49 (2nd place). Eamon White secured the final podium place in 33:11. Rachel Pearson proved her worth, holding on to her lead and sealing an excellent victory in 38:30, before Ciara Coffey (39:27) edged out recent Sperrin Harriers ‘Stunnerz in Runnerz’ winner Anne Paul for 2nd place. Anne (39:35) finished eight seconds behind in 3rd place.
Top 3 Men: 1st Paul Pollock (Annadale Striders) – 1:07:58, 2nd Brian McMahon (Clonliffe Harriers) – 1:12:56, 3rd Brendan Teer (East Down AC) – 1:13:34
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Donna Evans (Monaghan Phoenix AC) – 1:24:51, 2nd Julie Balmer (North Down AC) – 1:24:54, 3rd Roisin Hughes (North Belfast Harriers) – 1:31:31
Round-up of some recent performances by NI runners outside the province:
Last weekend, a large number of Northern Ireland runners were in competition outside the province, with events taking place in Lifford (Ireland), Wicklow (Ireland), Horwich (England) and Winchester/Eastbourne (England).
On Friday 14th June 2013, Northern Ireland clubs were well represented at the Lifford 5k in County Donegal, Ireland. Kenyan supremo Freddie Sittuk, a podium finisher at the Belfast City Marathon and winner of several other events, including the Strawberry Half Marathon and the Larne Half Marathon, won the race in 15:17.79. Foyle Valley AC’s Keith Shiels continued his impressive run of form, crossing the line just three seconds later to take 2nd place in 15:20.64. The next NI based runner home was City of Derry AC’s Gary Slevin, who clocked 15:48.39 (4th place); Gary was followed by his club mates Colin Roberts (15:58.39) and James Brown (16:07.24), who finished in 6th place and 9th place respectively.
Chris McGuiness (Foyle Valley AC) completed the top ten finishers in 16:08.18, while Sperrin Harriers’ Pierce McCullagh took 12th place in 16:51.85. Conor Doherty (City of Derry AC) and Michael Murphy (City of Derry AC) also ran well, with Conor finishing in 16:56.28 (14th place) and Michael in 17:35.30 (22nd place). Foyle Valley AC’s Paul Slavin nipped under the eighteen minute mark, recording 17:56.81 (29th place) before his team mate Darren Wallace (40th place – 18:29.56) led a string of NI runners across the line, these included City of Derry AC trio Declan McCarthy (41st place – 18:31.81), Dermot Connolly (43rd place – 18:36.38) and Peter Lilburn (51st place – 18:53.13).
Martin Dunleavy (Foyle Valley AC) clocked 19:30.89, before Jackie McGinley (City of Derry AC) led the NI based ladies home in 19:37.25. This was enough to secure 2nd place in the ladies race for Jackie, after talented Lifford AC athlete Natasha Adams had won in 17:38.04. Michael Gallagher added to the Foyle Valley AC finishers when he crossed the line in 20:08.16, while City of Derry AC ladies Ciara Fraser (21:14.37), Paula McGilloway (21:25.21) and Janeen Leese (21:29.38) took 10th place, 12th place and 14th place in the ladies final standings. The Spartan ladies were closely followed by Omagh Harriers’ Ita Kelly who ran 21:31.25 (15th place lady) and City of Derry AC’s Camilla McGranaghan – 22:18.99 (19th place lady). Another trio of City of Derry AC ladies, Catherine Hribar (24th place lady – 23:11.70), Brigeen Canavan (27th place lady – 23:21.74) and Grainne Kearns (29th place lady – 23:24.09) completed the Northern Ireland participants.
On Saturday 15th June 2013, several Northern Ireland runners travelled to the infamous Wicklow Mountains in County Wicklow (Ireland) for the IMRA (Irish Mountain Running Association) European Championships trial race. Andrew Annett (Mourne Runners) returned to competition in impressive fashion, finishing in 5th place in the senior men’s 7.3km race (which included 643m of ascending); Andrew covered the distance in 38:56, while race winner Ian Conroy (Raheny Shamrock AC) clocked 35:34. In the ladies 6.5km race (which included 643m of ascending), Gladys Ganiel O’Neill (39:39) followed on from her brilliant win at the Mourne Way Half Marathon a week earlier with a 2nd place finish behind Raheny Shamrock AC’s Kate Cronin who crossed the line in 37:39.
Also on Saturday 15th June 2013, North Belfast Harriers’ Martin Rea took on the incredibly difficult SDW100 Ultra in England. The 100 mile course (with a total ascent of 12,700ft) covers the scenic South Downs Way National Trail, between Winchester and Eastbourne. Ireland International, Martin started the race brilliantly, with some extremely good splits up until the 60 mile mark. However, after beginning to struggle in the latter stages Martin decided to withdraw at 91 miles.
On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2013, Northern Ireland runners Christine McMahon (Ballymena & Antrim AC) and Aislinn Crossey (Newry AC) were in competition at the U-20/U-23 British Championships (and European trials) in Bedford, England. Christine, who recently set a new 400m hurdles personal best of 59.52secs (Namur - May 2013) bettered that by 0.06secs when she took 3rd place in 59.46secs. The race was won by Abigail Fitzpatrick (Sale Harriers) in 58.93secs. Up and coming star Aislinn raced in the 800m, where she recorded 2:09.87 for the distance. This was enough to secure 4th place in the heat won by Katie Snowden (Herne Hill AC) in 2:09.73.
On Sunday 16th June 2013, North Belfast Harriers’ Paul Jenkins and Jim Newberry took part in the British Masters Athletics Federation 5k (Road) Championships in Horwich, England. Jim lead the duo home in 18:48 (68th place), with Paul just behind in 18:54 (70th place).