2017 Gr8 Dundrum Run
Thanks to Murlough AC for a fantastic day at the Great Dundrum Run. The race which covers road, trail, boardwalks and beach is always one of the most eagerly anticipated races on the calendar, with over 900 competing. It turned out to be a very successful day for the club, with 3 age category prizes. David Turtle winning the V40, Billy Reed winning the V50 and Marty McMillan winning the V60.
5th David Turtle 48:44
16th Billy Reed 52:05
22nd Michael Allen 52.44
31st David Murray 53.35
37th Sam Crawford 54.04
44th Chris Collins 54.39
56th Jim Finlay 56.19
132nd Tim Khanna 1:00:28
158th Marty McMillan 1:02:27
391st Michael Collville 1:11:55
Well done to all!
Congratulations to Richard Peters who this morning won the first EAH club handicap race of the season, the Parkgate Cup. Richard showed how much his running has improved by holding off challenges from Steven Beggs, 2nd place and Ross Mercer, 3rd. Thanks to members for a good turnout today and also thanks to Jeanette and Stevie for time keeping.
Bangor 10K, NIMRA Commedagh Chase, Anon Lough View 5K and Great Scottish Run Half Marathon
This weekends racing featured trips to Bangor, Crumlin, the Mournes and Glasgow. Firstly Sam Crawford, Philip McNeill and Andy Liddle took on the Bangor 10k on Saturday morning. Philip McNeill made a welcome return from injury and was the first EAH home in a time of 39:41 for 73rd place. Sam Crawford followed in 79th position 40:02. Andy Liddle came home 151st in 43:27. Vivien Davidson completed the course in 1:23:07 for 1059th place. Well done to all.
Next up was Billy Reed who took on the NIMRA Commedagh Chase. An approximately 7 mile route in the Mournes with over 2000 ft of elevation. Billy, a veteran and consistent performer in these events finished 16th overall.
On Sunday Morning, Tom Magee continued his impressive recent form with a 1st place finish at the inaugural Anon Lough View 5k in Crumlin. Tom cruised to victory in a time of 17:35. Well done Tom.
Finally 6 EAH made the short journey across the water to take on one of the most prestigious races on the racing calender. The Great Scottish Run 1/2 Marathon, Glasgow. Thankfully the predicted strong winds and rain didn't materialize on what turned out a decent day for the approx 15,000 running.
David Turtle was first home in a time of 1hr17:53 for 82nd position.
Ross Mercer narrowly missed out on a pb running 1hr19:45 for 103rd position.
Michael Allen was also just seconds away from a pb with a time of 1hr23:20 for 156th position.
Jim Finlay narrowly missed out on the magical sub 90 minute finish with a time of 1hr30:43 for 462nd position.
EAH veterans Norman Caughey and Tom Kane rolled back the years with excellent runs in the V65 category.
Norman ran 1hr55:09 for 3342nd position and Tom finished 2hr01:29 for 4390th position.
Well done to everyone. Great to see so many Black and White hoops out racing and the club being represented so well.
Sunday 24th Sept; EAH's Mark McElhinney and Larry McAteer completed Berlin Majors Marathon in 3hr 20min and 5hr 40 min respectively.
Causeway Coast Marathon
Belfast Half Marathon
Some excellent running from the Black and White Hoops at yesterdays Annual Belfast Half Marathon. Over 3000 runners took part and enjoyed great running conditions. First home was Tom Magee 37th overall with a new PB of 1:19:22. Just behind was Ross Mercer, 52nd in 1:20:55. David Murray had a great run to finish 137th overall with a time of 1:26:33 PB. Andy Liddle finished 528th in 1:40:19 and Marty McMillan was 628th in 1:42:54.
Stevie Beggs DNF
Well done to everyone
Thanks to East Coast Athletic Club for hosting yesterday's Larne 10k. The 2nd running of this event attracted over 200 runners. James Kitchin was the first EAH representative home and in doing so produced a fine performance to claim 6th overall and the V45 prize. He finished with a time of 38:24. Allan McCullough running in his home town, followed in 44th place and a time of 44:15
Laganside 10K and Glendalough 80K
Some strong running today from the EAH contingent at the Laganside 10k hosted by North Belfast Harriers. Over 1000 runners completed the flat 2 lap course that started and finished in Ormeau Park. Tom Magee continued his great form since he joined the club, finishing first EAH home, and smashing his personal best in the process. Ross Mercer was next home followed by Michael Allen with both men finishing well up the field.
Tom Magee 23rd 35:32
Ross Mercer 38th 36:52
Michael Allen 71st 38:40
Well done to all
EAH's own mountain goat Billy Reed was at it again this weekend at Glendalough 80km Race (featuring Wicklow Way and St Kevin's Way). The total route was approximately 80km in distance, with a total climb in the region of 3,000m. This ultra distance mountain run was based on three ‘out & back’ loops. As usual Billy performed well with a 5th place finish and a 1st V50 age category win. Well done.
Larne Interclub Race
Thanks to Larne AC for hosting tonights race, and for the excellent hospitality. The Annual Interclub team event raises funds for charity and features running clubs within East Antrim. Congratulations to our mens team who finished 2nd team overall which included a few excellent individual performances. Special mention to Vivienne Davidson, who done the club proud as the sole female runner. Congratulations to Ballymena Runners who won both the mens and ladies events
Portrush 5, Rathlin Island 10 and Storming the Castle 10K
This certainly was a busy weekend of road racing for EAH. Friday night started off proceedings with the Portrush 5m. Starting in Portrush, the out and back course took in the scenic coast road. Tom Magee was first EAH man home in 4th position and a time 28:16 pb. Richard Craig made a welcome return from injury with a 6th place finish and excellent time of 29:35. Chris Collins followed in 14th position with a time of 30:57 to cap a great nights running.
On Saturday David Turtle and Steven Beggs caught the ferry for the annual Ni Running Rathlin 10m Road Race. By all accounts this course was not for the faint hearted with plenty of tight climbs. David Turtle was first home for the club with a podium 3rd position overall and a time of 63:08. Steven finished 5th overall with a time 65:29 and in doing so claimed the M35. Well done lads
On Sunday afternoon 850 runners took to the streets of Carrickfergus for the Storming the Castle 10k. Our lads fared well and congratulations to Ross Mercer who took 6th place overall and in doing do so won the M35 category. He was followed by club mates Andy Liddle, Marty McMillan, Tim Khanna and Michael Collville. Gary Davison did a great job as official sub 40 min pacer
Lurig Challenge and The Seven Sevens
On what was a busy weekend for EAH runners 3 of the lads went off road and into the mountains. David Turtle and Chris Collins took in the Lurig Challenge which is part of The Heart of the Glens Festival. The 3.8 mile race starts at the main street of Cushendall and follows with an assault on Lurig (1073 feet), to the very top, before a fast descent back along the farm track into the village for the finish.
David Turtle was first home in 7th overall and 1st V40. Chris Collins followed in 30th position. Nice work guys.
On the same day Billy Reed took on the Seven Sevens in the Mourne Mountains. The objective was simple.... To climb all seven peaks in the Mourne Mountains that are 700m or more above sea level. A distance of 18 miles and 2,495m to climb....this is no mean feat! Billy a veteran of the event performed to his usual high standards with a 12th place finish and V50 category victory.
Mallusk 5 Mile Race
Thanks to Mallusk Harriers for hosting the Mallusk 5 Mile Road Race 2017 with Pizzarella. As the name suggests the food afterwards was awesome. The race was excellently organised too attracting over 300 runners. Tom Magee debuting in the Black and White Hoops was first EAH home in 7th overall with an excellent time of 29:38. Steven Beggs followed in 10th with a time of 30:06. Ross Mercer was next home in 14th position with a time of 30:32 followed by Michael Allen in 20th 32:06 and James Kitchin 25th 32:30. Well done to all.
Kennedy Kane McArthur Festival of Running at Dervock
Thanks to Springwell AC for hosting a great event yesterday at the Kennedy Kane McArthur Festival of Running at Dervock. There was a great turnout from the black and white hoops in what turned out to be a successful days racing for the club. First of all David Turtle just missed out on top honours in the 10k with a 2nd place finish. David recorded a time of 36:15. The Dark Hedges Half Marathon followed and the field of 250 included 6 EAH men. EAH veteran Sam Crawford showed the young lads how it was done with a 4th place finish and a time of 80:35. In doing so he claimed the vet M50 category. Next home was Ross Mercer in 7th overall with a time of 82:29. Ross claimed the M35 category. Next home was Steven Beggs 9th position 84:00, followed by Michael Allen 12th 85:21. David Murray in his 2nd half marathon ran an excellent time of 88:12 for 22nd place. Chris Collins off the back of his mountain adventures finished 36th with a time of 92:36
2017 North Face Lavaredo Trail Race
There were two Harriers in action this week representing the club in Northern Italy in the southern Alps. Starting in Cortina D’Appezzo, Chris Collins and Billy Reed took on the North Face Lavaredo Trail Race. One of the top ultra trail mountain races in the world, the event attracts professional runners and amateurs from the four corners of the globe. Chris took on the shorter 48 km Cortina Trail which includes 2,800 m of climbing. In blistering heat, Chris finished in 559th position out of 1359 finishers in a time of 8:14:17. Billy took on the Ultra Trail which was 120 km with 5,800 m of climbing. Starting at 12 midnight Billy was making good progress but unfortunately had to pull out at half way due to stomach problems. Still a fantastic effort by both club members.
It is with great regret and sadness that the members of East Antrim Harriers learn of the passing of their esteemed member and President Bertie Grimason. Bertie has been a long standing and faithful member of East Antrim Harriers for the past 35 years. He represented East Antrim Harriers and N. Ireland for many years at the British/Irish Cross Country Vets Championships. East Antrim Harriers will miss him dearly and we would like to extend the deepest sympathies to his wife Jean, daughters Yvonne and Carol and the entire family circle.
Fairhill 5 mile race and Hill & Dale Series
There were two races of note this week for the athletes of East Antrim Harriers. Ballymena Runners hosted their annual Fairhill 5 mile road race around the streets of the town centre on Wednesday evening. In a bumper field David Turtle was first home in 12th position in a time of 28:15. The ever improving Tim Khanna then finished in 101st position in a new PB time of 34:43. On Thursday evening Billy Reed took part in Race 9 of the Hill and Dale Series hosted by Newcastle AC. On this 4 mile course set in the Mourne Mountains around Loughshannagh with 1,600 ft of climbing Billy finished in 27th position in a time of 53:39 (1st M50).
Albertville 4 Mile Race
With races coming thick and fast on a weekly basis there were three Harriers in action again this week. On Friday 2nd June it was the annual running of the Albertville 4 mile road race around the flat and fast streets of the Duncrue Estate. Richard Craig again continued his good rein of form with a top 10 finish in a time of 22:39 (9th ). James Kitchin followed in 23:44 (16th ) and the ever consistent Jim Finlay completed the trio in 25:55 (48th ).
May Fair 10K and Runher 10K
On Friday 26th May Karen McCain was the sole Harrier in the ladies only Belfast Telegraph Runher 10km coastal race at Seapark in Hollywood. In a field of 639 entrants Karen finished in 24th position overall in a strong time of 47:41. On Saturday 27th May there were five Harriers towing the line at the Ballyclare Mayfair 10k hosted by County Antrim Harriers. David Turtle was first to break the tape in 35:55 (8th position and V40 winner) followed by Richard Craig in 37:01 (10th ), James Kitchin 38:05 (13th and V45 winner), David Murray 39:48 (18th ) and the ever improving Tim Khanna 44:25 (52nd position).
2017 Smyth Cup
On Sunday 21st May the Harriers held their final club handicap race of the season, The Smyth Cup. The race which dates back more than 70 years and is steeped in history with some famous winning athletes in the past is a 5 mile road course. The single loop course starts opposite the Bus Station in Ballyclare and makes its way through the town square towards and through Doagh then back to the finish point on the Mill Road via the Templepatrick Road. In a very competitive race Jonathan Craig emerged as the victor in first place, just pipping our newest member Richard Craig into second with James Kitchin following up in third place. Next up the Harriers will have several athletes running the Ballyclare Mayfair 10k.
2017 Annalong Horseshoe Race
On Saturday 13th May there were three Harriers in action at the Annalong Horseshoe Race in Co. Down which is the third championship event in the Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association series. At approximately 12.8 miles long with 5000 ft of climbing and taking in five recognised mountain summits on open fell this is a challenging event. All three Harriers fared well in a field of 82 runners with David Turtle first over the line in 12th position in a time of 2:27:58. Billy Reed was next in 20th position in 2:36:00 with Chris Collins following up in 2:54:05 and 40th position.
2017 London Marathon and The Fallows fell race
On Saturday 23rd April, Billy Reed and David Turtle represented the club in The Fallows fell race at Kilbroney Park, Co. Down, a championship event as part of the Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association series. On this 9.2 mile course over mountain and fell terrain with 2700 ft of climbing David Turtle was first to finish in 12th position in a time of 1:24:23. Billy Reed followed closely behind in 1:27:53 in 15th position.
On Sunday the 24th April the club again had a large contingent taking on the Virgin London Marathon. In what’s arguably the best 26.2 mile event in the world the Harriers again fared strongly in good running conditions in a bumper field of athletes. First home for the club and in his first effort at the distance was Richard Craig in a sub 3 hour time of 2:59:33. Next, working together in a group of three where Sam Crawford 3:02:14, Michael Allen 3:02:18 and Ross Mercer 3:02:19. Soon following was James Kitchin with a strong run and PB finishing in 3:10:50, then Jim Finlay in 3:19:44 followed by Chris Collins who struggled with injury in the build up in 3:29:13. Finally Eddie Blayney followed in 3:58:45 with Vivien Davidson completing the field of Harriers in 5:13:43.
2017 Titanic Quarter 10K
On Sunday the 9th April there were four Harriers in action at the popular Titanic Quarter 10K. In a field of 850 competitors on a slightly revised course with wind making conditions difficult, the Harriers once again faired well with all finishing in sub 40 times. Richard Craig on his debut outing for the club was first to break the tape in 36:07 (30th). James Kitchin then followed in 37:18 (46th) with Michael Allen 38:37 (65th) and David Murray 39:49 (92nd) following shortly thereafter. Next up for the Harriers is the London Marathon in two weeks time where a large contingent from the club has entered the 26.2 mile event.
2017 Rome Marathon and Manchester Marathon
First off today was EAH pair David Turtle and Larry McAteer at the Rome Marathon. Known as the City of 7 Hills and for its Cobblestone Streets this was always going to be a challenging course. Both men made light of the above and in the process both achieved personal bests. David Turtle was first home in 98th place in a time of 2:48:22. Larry McAteer followed in 663rd place and time of 3:10:15.
Next off this morning was Steven Beggs running in the Manchester Marathon. Stevie hoping to run sub 3hrs, did that with plenty to spare as he paced perfectly to a time of 2:53:51 and 182nd place. Congratulations guys....time to put the feet up and relax
2017 Omagh Half Marathon
Big weekend for EAH which started with the Omagh Half Marathon hosted by Omagh Harriers. 5 EAH made the long journey to compete in a field of almost 2000 runners. Sam Crawford was the first home as he prepares for London Marathon in 3 weeks time. In doing so he was 2nd V50.
Ross Mercer and Michael Allen who also are heading to London ran the course together from start to finish in just over 1:23. In doing so Michael secured a personal best. Next home was Allan McCullough followed by Tim Khanna who today also ran a personal best.
Well done to all!
24th Sam Crawford 1:19:54, 2nd male 50.
48th Ross Mercer 1:23:12
49th Michael Allen 1:23:08 PB
342nd Allan McCullough 1:38:36
541st Tim Khanna 1:48:24 PB
2017 Wicklow Way Ultra
Congratulations to EAH man Billy Reed who completed the Wicklow Way Ultra on Saturday. The course which is rated 10/10 difficulty by the Irish Mountain Running Assoc covers 51K and nearly 2000m of climbing....so not for the faint hearted!! Out of a field of just over 200 Billy finished the course in 4:48:47 to finish 9th overall.
2017 Larne Half Marathon and Spar Craic 10K
On Saturday 18th March the Harriers were well represented at the AES Larne Half Marathon. Now one of the most popular 13.1 mile events in the country hosted by our neighbouring club Larne AC, this out and back course produced some strong performances for our athletes. First home in a sub 80 minute time was Steven Beggs in 1:19:41 (30th ) followed by James Kitchin 1:25:21 (73rd ), Philip McNeill 1:25:35 (77th ), David Murray 127:51 (107th ), Chris Collins 1:29:25 (133rd ) Larry McAteer 1:30:57 (160th ), Jim Finlay 1:31:02 (163rd ), Andy Liddle 1:41:15 (356th ), Alan McCullough 1:51:54 (688th ), Karen McCain 1:57:58 (987th ) and Judith Webster 1:58:03 (989th ). Gary Davison from the club also ran as a 1:30:00 pacer on the day guiding a group home in perfect timing. On St Patrick’s Chris Collins also represented the club at the Spar Craic 10k on a course in and around Belfast City Centre. In a field of 1300 runners Chris finished in 47th position with a time of 39:34.
2017 Jimmy's 10K
There were only two Harriers in action this week at Jimmy’s 10k in Downpatrick. The race hosted by East Down AC is an undulating course around Downpatrick and the surrounding area and acts as an unofficial start to the road racing season. In a field of 908 runners Michael Allen was first to break the tape in a sub 40 time of 38:14 in 61st position overall. David Murray followed closely in 39:45 in 87th position overall.
2017 Raheny 5 mile Race
All rounds headed south as the Harriers took a large contingent from the club down to north Dublin to participate in the AXA Raheny 5 mile road race. Now in its 33rd year this is a premier event on the Irish running calendar and attracts all the best athletes from the four corners of Ireland and beyond. In a field of 3200 runners and in wet but good running conditions the Harriers fared well with a number of personal best times and a vet 55 age category win.
First to break the tape was David Turtle in 27:50 (63rd) followed closely by Ross Mercer 28:27 (93rd), Steven Beggs 28:31 (94th), Gary Davison 29:09 (129th and Vet 55 winner), Chris Collins 30:30 (192nd), Michael Allen 30:18 (206th), David Murray 31:06 (278th), Jim Finlay 32:15 (354th), Marty McMillan 34:10 (531st), Joe McBride 34:43 (582nd), Andy Liddle 34:55 (602nd), Ben Crawford 35:02 (623rd), Tim Khanna 35:02 (624th), Sam Crawford 35:02 (625th), Andy Boyd 37:39 (925th), Norman Caughey 41:08 (1420th), Vivien Davidson 44:37 (2017th), Elaine Maxwell 45:46 (2187th), Christine Shields 45:57 (2204th) and Rosie Thompson 56:44 (3101st).
2017 Kirkpatrick Cup
Conditions at this year's Kirkpatrick Cup were snowy and muddy. The race covered six laps of The Six Mile Water Park in Ballyclare. Tim Khanna was the early pace setter trying to add to his two victories already this season. James Kitchin, 2nd to Tim on both those occasions, had different ideas as he paced perfectly to win with a strong final lap. David Turtle pipped Tim to second place. Thanks to Jeanette and Stevie for time keeping and photos. Well done to all who ran!
2017 Moira Cross Country
Course conditions resulted in a good old fashioned muck fest which all involved really enjoyed. First home was the inform James Kitchin in 22nd position. David Turtle was next home in 33rd position although he may have finished higher up had he not missed the finish and ran an extra quarter of a mile. Jim Finlay who has barely missed an XC race all season finished strongly in 36th position. Chris Collins followed in 40th position with Larry McAteer in 61st position.
2017 Race Over The Glens
Well done to the EAH's who took on the Ballymena Runners Race Over The Glen. Over 350 brave runners took on the first race of the calendar year which is also one of the toughest with lung busting steep climbs and fast descents. Steven Beggs was the first EAH home (23rd position) followed closely by David Turtle and Gary Davison. Chris Collins and Jim Finlay also ran well as all men finished in the top 65.