2016 Castlewellan Christmas Cracker

1200 runners raced in pairs over the multi-terrain course. The 4 pairs from EAH performed well with all 4 finishing inside the top 50. Sam Crawford and Billy Reed led them home in 20th place and in doing so won the M100-119 category. They were followed by Ross Mercer/James Kitchin 23rd, Chris Collins/Davey Murray 36th and Jim Finlay/Michael Allen 49th.

2016 Malcolm Cup XC

It was slightly wet and chilly in Ballyclare on 3rd December but two harriers managed a good run on the slippery terrain in Six Mile Water Park. Through 4 miles, Jim Finlay finished in 26:34 (84th place) and Tim Khanna 29:04 (139th).

2016 Seeley Cup 10K

In ideal weather conditions for November, twelve men from East Antrim took part in the popular event at Ormeau Park:-

Sam Crawford 35:24 (69th place)

Steven Beggs 35:58 (84th)

Ross Mercer 36:02 (87th)

James Kitchen 36:39 (109th)

Michael Allen 38:17 (175th)

Chris Collins 38:39 (194th)

Gary Davison 38:55 (208th)

David Murray 39:00 (213th)

Jim Finlay 40:09 (269th)

Larry McAteer 41:50 (336th)

Marty McMillan 43:23 (407th)

Tim Khanna 45:34 (481st)

2016 McCalmont Cup

The 4m race covered 4 laps of The Six Mile Water Park in Ballyclare. For the 2nd race in succession it came down to 2 men, Tim Khanna and James Kitchin in the battle for victory. Tim continued his great recent form for his 2nd consecutive victory with James taking 2nd and Sam Crawford taking 3rd.

On a side note it was great to see new members Judith and Karen pull on the black and white hoops for the first time and running well. Plenty more to come from these 2 ladies. Thanks to Stevie McCullough and Jeanette Burton for time keeping and thanks to everyone who ran and helped out.

2016 Parkgate Cup

The Parkgate Cup course which measured at just over 4.5 miles started in Parkgate and undulated through Doagh to finish at the town hall in Ballyclare. Tim Khanna who over recent weeks has made great progress in his running controlled the race throughout. James Kitchin ran very well to finish 2nd with Michael Allen taking 3rd.

2016, 82nd McConnell Shield Six Mile Water, Ballyclare

Mens Results

Womens and V60 Results

U16 Boys and Girls Results

U14 Boys and Girls Results

On Saturday 5th November the club once again hosted the 82nd McConnell Shield Cross Country in Sixmile Water Park in Ballyclare. Nearly 400 runners from across the province took part in the various races. In perfect conditions for cross country running the ladies and men vet 60+ 4 lap race was won by Catherine Whoriskey of City of Derry Spartans (17:11) followed by Rachel Gibson of North Down AC in 2nd (18:04) and Amy Bullman of Willowfield Harriers in 3rd (18:11). 


In the hotly contested 5 laps men race it was Conor Duffy of Glaslough Harriers who sealed an impressive 1st place (25:38) followed by Neil Johnston of Springwell Running Club (25:45) with Mark McKinstry of North Belfast Harriers claiming 3rd (26:02). 

The U14 boys race was won by Seth McCracken of Ballyclare Secondary School with Connie Crothers of City of Lisburn claiming 1st in the girls race. The U16 boys race was won by Joshua Courtney of Ballymena & Antrim AC with Olivia Nelson of City of Lisburn claiming the girls title. The McConnell Shield was won by North Belfast Harriers mens team who had the fastest aggregate 4 team members cross the line first. Full results can be found at NIrunning.co.uk or championchipireland.com.

2016 Comber Cup XC

Seven of our runners took part in the Comber Cup XC, a well organised event with a new course and great weather conditions. David Turtle was first home for East Antrim in 30:51 (43rd overall), then Steven Beggs 31:29 (53rd), James Kitchin 31:51 (60th), Billy Reed 32:59 (76th), David Murray 33:04 (78th), Jim Finlay 33:50 (91st) and Larry McAteer 36:40 (136th)

2016 Aldi Manchester Half Marathon

Chris Collins travelled east on Sunday 16th October to take on the Aldi Manchester Half Marathon. Continuing his recent good form Chris clocked 85:20 for the 13.1 mile distance finishing in 236th position out of 16,000 runners.

2016 - Gr8 Dundrum Run, RAF Henlow 10 Mile Road Race, N Ireland Masters Athletics Association XC and Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon

There were plenty of Harriers in action in the past week both at home and England with some notable performances. On Wednesday 5th October Phillip McNeill, currently based in England, clocked 66:24 at the RAF Henlow 10 Mile Road Race in Bedfordshire. On Saturday 8th October David Turtle took to the start line of the N Ireland Masters Athletics Association XC qualifiers at Queens University sports ground. On the 8k course David finished 6th overall in a time of 27:09 (4th M35) which should be enough to secure qualification for the Home Internationals. Also on Saturday a large contingent of Harriers headed south to Co. Down to take on the Dundrum GR8 multi terrain race. In a field of 1,000 runners Sam Crawford was first home in 5th place overall in a time of 49:24 (M50 Winner) followed by Steven Beggs in 6th place overall in 49:56 (M35 Winner), Ross Mercer in 50:22 (9th ), Michael Allen in 52:57 (21 st ), Chris Collins in 53:37 (30th ), Andy Liddle in 58:17 (90th ) and Tim Khanna in 63:38 (197th ). On Sunday 9th October Phillip McNeill was back in action at the Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon in Peterborough. Philip clocked a solid 87:06 finish.

Great Scottish Run 2016

Only two Harriers in action this week travelling west over the Irish Sea to Glasgow to take part in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run. In a field of 32,000 runners Joe McBride, returning from injury, clocked a solid 43:52 (422nd) in the 10k event. Long standing member Norman Caughey clocked 1:52:44 (3722nd) in the half marathon event. Both athletes fared well in their respective age category placings.

Causeway Coast Half Marathon 2016

Four of the harriers were running in what turned out to be an extremely wet but enjoyable race along the northern coast. Davy Turtle was first overall with a finishing time of 1:32:37, then Chris Collins crossed the line in 1:44:06 (8th place), Jim Finlay in 1:53:27 (28th place) and Vivienne Davidson in 3:36:25 (425th place)

Belfast Half Marathon 2016

Sunday saw the fourth installment of the Belfast half marathon with a field of nearly 3000 runners. A great showing by the harriers saw Ross Mercer break the tape first in 79:32 (31st place and PB) followed by Michael Allen 84:21 (68th, PB), James Kitchen 87:27 (101st, PB), Jonathan Craig 88:39 (144th, PB), Andy Liddle 96:31 (357th) and Martin McMillan 120:27 (1838th)

Wilderbeast 10 Mile Race 2016

On Saturday 17th of September, three harriers took place in the Wilderbeast 10 mile trail run sponsored by Garmin. It's a scenic and undulating 10 mile off road course with water crossings and forest trails in the grounds of Glenarm castle. In warm and dry conditions, David Turtle was first home in 62:29 (second place) followed by Chris Collins in 71:10 (13th place) and Tim Khanna in 92:37 (53rd place)

2016 Forest Trail Series.

Tuesday the 10th of May saw the start of our forest trail race series. These races are proving to be ever more popular, increasing in numbers of competitors year on year. This year has proven to be no exception with a record number of 305 runners taking to the start line. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support.

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Race No 1, Woodburn, 3.1 mile approx. First 3, male and female competitors over the line.

Male: 1st, Mathew Hewitt (East Coast AC) 17.38. 2nd, Paul Horan (NBH) 17.46. 3rd, Arron Harrison (Ballydrain Harriers) 17.56.

Female: 1st, Kerry Bamber (Ballymena Runners) 20.14. 2nd, Patricia Blaire (Larne AC) 20.17. 3rd, Trudy Brown (Orangegrove AC) 21.50.

Thanks to Newcastle AC & Ballymena Runners for hosting two great events over the festive period, The Castlewellan Christmas Cracker & The Race Over The Glens respectively.

Some of the EAH runners after the finish of the Race Over The Glens and EAH Gary Davidson receiving his winners prize for 1st male vet 50 at the same event, below.                                                         

It proved to be a busy festive period for East Antrim Harriers, who participated in a number of events in the local racing calendar. 

First up was the club handicap McCalmont Cup on December 19th, a 4 mile cross country race at Six Mile Water Park, Ballyclare. 

After some strong running from all involved, James Kitchen just pipped Gary Davison to a dash for the line to claim first place. Davison, in second, was followed by Andy Liddle in third. 

On December 28 the club had three teams participate in the Castlewellan Christmas Cracker. 

A popular race hosted by Newcastle AC which covers 8.3 miles of cross country terrain and stiff climbs through the forest of the country park. First home for the Harriers were Sam Crawford and Davison taking 16th position overall and second place in the Vet 50 category in a time of 60:23. 

Next home in 18th position overall were David Turtle and Steven Beggs in a time of 61:00, followed closely by Michael Allen and Jim Finlay in 65:36 and 49th overall. Marty McMillan also finished in a mixed team with Frankey McGivern (North Belfast Harries) in 103:27. 

On New Year’s Day the Harriers took part in the Race over the Glens in Glenariff, hosted by Ballymena Runners. The Harriers finished well with David Turtle in 42:06 (20th), Gary Davison 42:22 (21st) and male vet 50 winner, Ross Mercer 43:04 (26th), Steven Beggs 43:53 (32nd), Billy Reed 43:56 (33rd), Chris Collins 44:27 (38th), Michael Allen 44:39 (43rd), Jim Finlay 45:14 (52nd), Andy Liddle 48:50 (99th) and Tim Khanna 58:49 (233rd).

East Antrim Harriers meet each Tuesday and Thursday at 6:45 from the clubhouse in Ballyclare. All abilities are welcome.

Read more: http://www.newtownabbeytoday.co.uk/sport/local-sport/athletics-busy-festive-period-for-east-antrim-harriers-1-7147275#ixzz3wV9Bx956