It’s been a busy few weeks for many of our members. As well as training and racing, we’ve also been busy volunteering.
Belfast City Marathon
Big thank you to all our club members who gave up their time to assist and volunteer at the Belfast Marathon Expo for three days on the run up to Belfast Marathon. We have had lots of great feedback. In addition to helping out at the fantastic expo, we had members helping out on the course and at the start and finish line areas. Thanks everyone for representing the club so well. Not only did the runners do the club proud, but the volunteers equally did as well. Massive kudos to everyone helping out at the event. #BelfastCityMarathon
Antrim & Newtownabbey Big Spring Clean
Great morning spent clearing litter from our village, on Saturday 7th May. This was part of the Antrim and Newtownabbey big Spring clean. The sun shone as picked are way through:
20 volunteers (and 1 dog)
30 black bin bags.
1 apple Mac
1 pc monitor
1 road sign
1 disc brake
2 number plates
80 plastic bottles
9 glass bottles
Countless crisp packets
1 Ten pound note
Several energy gel wrappers
Millions of tins
2 recycling boxes
1 sand bag
27 face coverings
1 great club
Thanks to all the members who volunteered. A great morning’s work and craic.
A big week with a big race at the end of it. Possibly followed by big hangovers? Definitely followed by big aches and pains. But sure we love it. Don’t we?
Firstly, a late result off the Vidiprinter, as I apologise for missing out Angela Stevens’ amazing run at the Connemara Ultra. Angela finished the ultra distance in 8:15:33. And just to confirm that Lee O’Boyle did indeed finish 4th in a field of over 130 runners. Official time was 4:36:02.
I will now take myself out the back and give myself a good hiding for my omission. Taking on the parkruns this week were:
Valley parkrun: Elijah Cushley 21:24PB and third finisher, David Esler 25:17, Joanne Milne 30:38, ADav 30:46, Marie McBrien 34:32, Galina Stanevicius 42:09, Anton Piatek 56:23
Waterworks parkrun: Kevin Donnelly 20:05, Robbie Gould 21:42, Robert Gould 22:23, Maeve Kennedy 29:38, Claire McCann 36:34
Victoria parkrun: Mark Smith 17:29, Emily Murphy 22:22PB, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 26:45, Susan Thompson 35:54
Portrush parkrun: Alan Kerr 26:25
Wallace parkrun: Elaine Kennedy 29:57
Castlewellan parkrun: Neil McCready 24:28
Sixmilewater parkrun: Tom Fleming 17:00PB and first finisher
Dunleath Playing Fields parkrun: Adam McCann 18:19PB and second finisher
Jordanstown junior parkrun: Emily Murphy 8:20 and first finisher, Sinead ROTM O’Hare 9:41, Matthew Hawkins 13:10 But the focus this week was obviously the Belfast Marathon with the Harriers out in full force.
Not only running, but also supporting and volunteering. Fair play to all of them.
Results for the runners were: (PBs and 1st marathons noted where known)
Neil Campbell 2:53:48PB, Alan Erwin 2:57:16PB, Micky McAuley 3:00:23PB, ADav 3:11:29PB, Stephen Gallagher 3:16:48, Andrew McNevison 3:24:29, Patrick Shields 3:25:33, Stephen Smyth 3:26:43, Patricia Curistan 3:31:12PB, Stephen Armour 3:44:59 (1st timer), Sean Doherty 3:47:33 (1st timer) , Brendan McGeown 3:47:54, Joe Mathers 3:48:36, Alan Stewart 3:57:16PB, Paul Skillen 4:09:06, Anton Piatek 4:10:41PB, Johnny Carey 4:12:32, Karen McKee 4:19:41, Bernard McKeaveney 4:22:37PB, Sharon Dunn 4:25:38, Alex Stewart 4:26:47, Stephen Semple 4:29:15, Maeve Kennedy 4:29:15, Sarah O’Kane 4:32:20 (1st timer), Pamela McCafferty 4:32:22, Angela Stevens 4:57:39 So a huge congrats to all 26, including 7 PBs, 3 first timers and everyone else who just managed to finish, whatever their time. Huge achievements all round. Give yourselves a round of applause. I’ll wait……
And yet another word for all the Harriers who were out on the course supporting. Do not underestimate the boost it gives the runners.
So this week’s tune is for our marathon heroes. You may not have felt it in the last 3 miles; you may not have felt it on Monday morning; but the pain is temporary – the feeling of achievement is permanent. We salute you. And the video reminds me of our Xmas dos.
https://youtu.be/5Lz6k5Zg2wA Until next week, behave. CAVILLATOR