EAH man Mark McElhinney completed the 2018 Chicago Marathon. Mark a seasoned marathon runner had been in the form of his life in the build up to the event. Unfortunately a back injury laid him up for the past 2 weeks and meant he had to run cautiously in the day.
Congratulations all the same Mark. Great effort!!
Bournemouth Half Marathon
EAH were well represented in England on Sunday 8th October, as Matthew Hewitt took on the Bournemouth Half marathon.
According to Matthew it was a chilly day down on the south coast, which he says suited him down to the ground. (He doesn’t like warm weather)
Matthew finished 13th overall in a strong field with a personal best time of 1:15:26
Congratulations Matty....well done
NI Road Relay Championships
Thanks to Orangegrove AC for hosting the Northern Ireland Road Relay Championships at Victoria Park in Belfast. Tom Magee, Isaac Dunne, Rick Hill and David Murray represented EAH in the Senior Male event with each member running just over 2 miles. The boys performed well finishing 16th out of the 38 teams entered completing the 8 mile+ course in 45:14
2018 Belfast Half Marathon
Great days racing at the 2018 Belfast City Half marathon. In what turned out to be be perfect race conditions 13 EAH joined the 4000+ strong field in what was a very successful day for the club.
Isaac Dunn was first home on his EAH debut finishing in 16th position in a time of 1hr16.
David Turtle, who looks in good shape for the upcoming Venice Marathon, followed in 1hr17 for 26th place.
Rick Hill, Phil Smyth and Tim Khanna all produced personal bests for the half marathon distance.
There was also strong runs on the day from Andy Liddle, Michael Allen, John Neill, Marty McMillan and Michael Colville.
Ross Mercer and Steven Beggs, used the race as a training run as part of their Dublin Marathon preparations. They still managed to finish well up the field.
Special mention to Vivien Davidson who completed her 2nd half marathon of the weekend having ran the Causeway Coast Half Marathon the previous day.
16th Isaac Dunn 1:16:46
26th David Turtle 1:17:46
60th John Neill 1:21:01
85th Rick Hill 1:23:29 pb
101th Michael Allen 1:24:05
104th Ross Mercer 1:24:09
120th Steven Beggs 1:24:51
304th Andy Liddle 1:31:50
347th Phil Smyth 1:32:59 pb
750th Tim Khanna 1:42:26 pb
1146th Marty McMillan 1:48:15
1630th Michael Colville 1:55:11
2418th Vivien Davidson 2:07:57
Well done everyone!
Causeway Coast Ultra Marathon
Congratulations to Chris Collins on a great run at the 26 Extreme Causeway Coast Ultra marathon. The 40 mile course ,which is surely one of the most scenic in the world, started on Portstewart Strand, made its way along the coastline out to Portrush, Portballintrae and Dunsevrick before turning at Ballintoy and returning to Portballintrae for the finish.
It what was Chris’s 2nd time competing in this event he improved his time from last year by nearly 1hr. He claimed a 9th place finish with a time of 6:25:41. Well done Chris on an excellent result!
Congratulations to Ross Mercer on a great run at the Berlin Marathon. Ross’s time of 2hr56:26 was just a minute outside his PB. This was even more impressive given the fact he struggled with injury for much of his training. He finished 1143 overall. Next he turns his attention to Dublin marathon at the end of next month. Some might say he’s a glutton for punishment.
Well done Ross
Thanks to East Coast AC for hosting yesterday’s Larne 10k. 2 EAH made the short trip for the popular event. Nearly 300 runners took part. Phil McNeill was first home for the club in 17th position overall recording at time of 40:19. Great to see Phil back racing again after a series of injury problems. Unfortunately fellow EAH man Chris Collins DNF due to felling unwell. Better luck next time.
Magerafelt Harriers 10K Classic
Great night at the Meadowbank Arena for the Magerafelt Harriers 10k Classic. 4 EAH took on an excellent course which featured undulating country roads and an ‘eyeballs oot’ lap of the athletics track to finish. Approx 100 took part. Some excellent performances too, with 2 top 10 finishes and 2 PB's. Ross Mercer was first home for the club with a 4th place finish and in doing so finished first V40. Michael Allen followed in 9th position.
Phil Smyth and Mark McElhinney continued their ongoing battle from recent races, with both men showing how much they have improved since they joined the club. They recorded huge 10k pb’s with Phil taking the bragging rights over Mark on this occasion.
4th Ross Mercer 37:08 1st VM40
9th Michael Allen 38:46
25th Phil Smyth 42:08
26th Mark McElhinney 42:27
Thanks again to Magerafelt Harriers for event, hospitality and photos. Photo credit also to David O’Brien
East Antrim Interclub Race
EAH were at last nights East Antrim Interclub Race hosted by Larne AC in the beautiful Antrim Hills. The annual team event is a 5 mile road race for the boys and 4 mile for the girls. First 6 from each team score points towards the overall prize. Always good craic and friendly rivalry.
12 EAH men took part with Matty Hewitt putting in an excellent performance to win the men’s race, breaking clear of Ballymena’s James Hamilton in the final mile of the race. The men’s team took 2nd place in the team event finishing behind deserved winners Ballymena Runners. In the ladies event it was great to see Kirstie Annett making her debut in the club colours. Finishing 40th overall out of 137. Plenty more to come from her.
Special mention to Richard Peters also making his debut for the club and performing very well.
That’s to Larne AC for a great night and thanks to Ballymena Runners and Andy Gregg for Photos.
Ladies 4mile Race
40th Kirstie Annett 32:33
Men’s 5 mile race
1st Matthew Hewitt 27:48
7th John NEILL 29:07
8th David Turtle 29:16
18th Rick Hill 30:40
25th Michael Allen 31:38
30th James Kitchin 32:00
45th Andy Liddle 33:46
48th Mark McElhinney 34:11
54th Phil Smyth 34:53
57th Richard Peters 35:16
79th Tim Khanna 37:32
Jim Finlay DNF
Portrush 5 Mile Race, Warriors Run, Storm the Castle 10K
This was a busy weekend of racing for the club. First of all on Friday night (24/8/18), Chris Collins ran nicely to finish 10th place in the Portrush 5 mile road race. Chris completed the course in 30min24sec
Then on Saturday John Neill travelled to the West Coast of Ireland and Sligo for the Warriors Run. John again performed well to finish 14th overall.
On Sunday afternoon 6 Harriers travelled to Carrickfergus as 850 competed in ‘The Storm in the Castle 10k’ organised by Seapark AC.
David Turtle was the first EAH home as he finished 7th overall and in doing so won the VM40 category
Well done to everyone who ran.
7th FM40 David Turtle 35:51
37th Steven Beggs 39:10
59th Andy Liddle 41:32
120th Marty McMillan 45:04
311th Michael Colville 51:54
358th Tom Kane 53:47
Dambusters Half Marathon
Dambusters Half Marathon at Silent Valley was the next event for a few of the EAH runners. On what by all accounts was a tough but scenic course, John Neill continued recent good form with a 7th place out of nearly 300 finishers. Chris Collins was next home in 33rd position followed by Laura Wylie, who was running in the famous black n white hoops for the first time, finishing 47th place.
Well done to everyone.
7th John Neill 1:25:32
33rd Chris Collins 1:35:08
47th Laura Wylie 1:37:31
John Neill ran in the 2018 Lurig Challenge. The event starts and finishes in Cushendall and covers approx 3.8 miles of roads, stoney paths and trails. The tough part is the signature ascent/descent of the Lurig Mountain itself which has about 1000 ft of climb. Over 350 completed the event with John performing very well to claim 12th position in a time of 34:02.
Special mention to good friend of the club Timmy Johnston who claimed 2nd place.
Well done lads!
Mallusk 5 Mile race
Thanks to Mallusk Harriers for hosting a great event in the Mallusk 5 mile Road Race. The annual event is always looked forward to and dreaded in equal measures due to the tough Sealstown Road climb for the first 2 miles of the race. After that’s it’s ‘almost all downhill’ from there. 330 runners finished the course.
Great turnout from the black n’ white hoops tonight with 9 racing and some notable performances.
Tom Magee was first home in 3rd overall, just pipping Matty Hewitt to a podium place 4th.
Colin James in 7th won the Male V40 category, with David Turtle also making it into the top 10.
Special mention to Phil McNeill, back again racing after injury and putting in a hard shift to finish 44th position.
Also great to see Phil Smyth running so well on his debut in the club colours 61st position.
Well done everyone.
3rd Tom Magee 28:58
4th Matthew Hewitt 29:04
7th Colin James 29:33
10th David Turtle 30:04
23rd Michael Allen 32:13
44th Phil McNeill 33:52
59th Mark McElhinney 35:16
60th Jim Finlay 35:21
61st Phil Smyth 35:25
Edwin May Nissan 5 Mile race
EAH’s Rick Hill was in action at the Edwin May Nissan 5 Mile Coleraine Classic Road Race. Over 350 runners took part in the popular event. The long journey was certainly worthwhile for Rick as he posted a personal best and in doing so broke the coveted sub 30 minute target for the first time.
Rick finished 21st with a time of 29:40. Superb running from the big man. Well done
Good evening for the Harriers at Monday nights Broughshane 10k. Approx 270 took part in the 10k road/trail run. Some strong running from the lads as 5 of the 6 Harriers involved set about moving to the front of the field.
As the race unfolded Matty Hewitt was first home in 3rd position overall 35:56
Tom Magee finished strongly for 4th overall 36:09
David Turtle ran well in his home town 5th overall 36:56
Colin James continued his return to form with 6th place 36:59
John Neill completed the group in 7th overall 37:39
Michael Allen just missed out on a top 10 finish in 11th place in a time of 39:54.
Well done everyone
Dervock Half Marathon, Dalriada 5K and Giants Trail
The Dervock Half Marathon took place on 21st July in which EAH had 4 runners in action. The race which takes in the famous Dark Hedges has a field of over 400 taking part. First home was Matty Hewitt in 9th position with a time of 1:21:20. Next was Colin James and Tom Magee who matched each other stride for stride to take 11th and 12th positions in 1:22:51. Congratulations to Tim Khanna who broke the 1hr45 barrier for the first time on his way to a pb in a time of 1:44:44 for 121st position. Well done to all.
Laura Wylie made her EAH debut at the Dalriada 5K and got 3rd place in the ladies. Well done Laura!
On Friday the 28th July, Chris Collins ran the Giants Trail race hosted by Dub Runners. Over 300 took part in the 6 mile event. Chris ran well to finish 25th overall in a time of 41:18. Well done.
Seven Sisters Trail Marathon
Congratulations to Billy Reed on his 8th place finish at the Inaugural Seven Sisters Mountain Trail Marathon. The 42k Race incorporated approximately 4,000m (13,000ft) of accumulative ascent on a course that consisted of heathery soft ground, sheep tracks, loose stone and gravel. The highly difficult course event took place in Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal on the Derryveagh Mountains adjacent to the Wild Atlantic Way with unbelievable views only the brave like Billy get to see. Billy competed the course in 7:14:15. Well done.
Great Rossa Run Half Marathon
EAH man John Neill took part in the Great Rossa Run Half marathon on 8th July, in Ardboe, County Tyrone. John battled well for a 7th place finish with a time of 1:26:18
Larne Coast Road Marathon
Thanks to Larne AC for a brilliant day at the Antrim Coast Road Marathon. The race was organised to celebrate 30 years of Larne AC and the event/course certainly did the occasion justice. Approx 200 completed the course. Our boys did the hoops proud.
First home was Matty Hewitt in 4th in a time of 2:57:27.
Next EAH was Colin James 6th place 3:01:00
Michael Allen ran steadily for an 10th place finish 3:08:21
Sam Crawford battled for a 12th place finish 3:09:33
Jim Finlay completed the course in 3:19:36 for 31st place.
Mark McIlhinney also had a solid run to finish 69th 3:47:29.
Great effort gents! Thanks to EAH support crew on the bikes and the fantastic support on the course.
Round the Bridges 10 mile race
Thanks to Springwell Running Club for hosting the annual ‘Between the Bridges 10 mile Road Race’. With the temperature in the high 20’s it wasn’t ideal conditions for running but over 400 hardy souls took part. Rick Hill was the first EAH home in 20th position overall. His time was 65:07.
Chris Collins was next in 28th position in a time of 66:38. Phil Smyth also had a good run on his EAH debut finishing 88th overall in 74:52.
Well done lads.
Mourne Way Half Marathon
Another podium finish for EAH. This time it was John Neill who was in action at the 26Extreme Mourne Way Half Marathon. The annual event consists of both road and trail sections with some stunning scenery along the way. John went out fast from the start and early on had developed a nice lead. He was caught by a group of 4 by about half way but showed great determination to hang in and finish 2nd overall with a strong finish. Well done John.
Fairhill 5 Mile Road Race
Thanks to Ballymena Runners for hosting Fairhill 5 mile Road race. East Antrim Harriers had only 2 runners involved last night but still managed a podium finish. Matty Hewitt continued his recent impressive form with a 3rd place finish in an excellent time of 27:38. Chris Collins returned to the shorter stuff after his Ultra marathon exertions to finish 35th with a time of 31:43. Well done lads!
Smyth Cup and Maghera 5 mile race
What a beautiful evening for the last EAH club handicap race of the season, the Smyth Cup 5mile Road Race. The race which starts on the Mill Road initially takes runners into the town. They then travel towards Doagh, before turning back onto the Templepatrick line, then finishing again on the Mill Road. There was a great turnout with 16 racing. Mark McElhinney took the honours holding off strong challenges from Laura Wylie (2nd) and John Neill (3rd). Mark will now have his name etched on the famous old trophy in preparation for the awards dinner in mid June. Well done to everyone who ran and thanks to Jeanette and Norman for setting handicaps and time keeping.
Tom Magee ran the Maghera 5 mile Road Race on 31st May. Tom, has just recently returned to training following injury, and showed he is coming back to form with a 2nd place finish overall. Plenty more to come from this lad.
May Fair 10K
Thanks to County Antrim Harriers for putting on an excellent race on Saturday, the Ballyclare May Fair 10k. East Antrim Harriers had 4 representatives on what proved to be a successful days running for the club. Approx 250 started the 10k. First home was new EAH recruit Matthew Hewitt who showed a glimpse of things to come, as he finished 2nd overall with a time of 36:37. David Turtle followed in 5th position in a time of 37:23. In doing so David won the V40M category. Billy Reed was next home for the hoops in 8th position with a time of 38:45. Billy took home the V50M category prize. Rick Hill made a return to racing after his marathon exertions with an excellent time of 39:00 for 10th position overall. The ever improving Tim Khanna finished 50th overall with a time of 46:05. Well done lads. Congratulations to you all.
McKillen Shield Club Handicap Race
Congratulations to Colin James, the winner of tonight's EAH XC handicap race the McKillen Shield. The 8 mile race covered 8 laps of the Six Mile water park. There was an excellent turnout for the race and period of good weather ensured good conditions underfoot. Tim Khanna controlled the race from the first to the 7th lap and built up a healthy lead. Colin would not be denied, and put in a gutsy last couple of laps to pass Tim with approx half a mile to go and take the Shield home. Billy Reed followed up his win at the last club race (the Baird Cup) with a 3rd place finish. Special mention to Laura Wylie and John Neill running in their first club races. Also well done to Kirstie Annett who looks to be getting stronger by the week.
Thanks to everyone who ran and to those who came to support. Also thanks as always to Jeanette and Stevie for results and to Norman for setting handicaps.
Slieve Donard Mountain Race
John Neill was running in the 73rd annual Slieve Donard Mountain Race. The event hosted by Newcastle AC, starts in Newcastle Town Centre before climbing to the top of Slieve Donard (850m). The course then descends and finishes in Donard Park. The total distance is just under 6 miles. Tight going. John who has also been competing regularly in the Hill and Dale races this year ran nicely to finish 54th out of over 204 starters. His time was 1hr19:29. Well done John.
Belfast Marathon 2018
Congratulations to EAH’s David Murray, on completing his first marathon, the Belfast City Marathon. David finished in a great time of 3:12:57 for 125th place overall, and also ran a negative split. He was kept company the whole way round by fellow EAH man Michael Allen who on the day ran in the Epilepsy Research UK vest which is a charity close to his heart. (127th 3:12:58). Hard luck to Andy Liddle who trained hard to get to the start line, but unfortunately felt unwell during the race and had to withdraw at mile 18. Also well done to Mark McElhinney who trotted round in fancy dress to raise money for charity. (1478th 4:43:06)
Brilliant to see colleagues from the club providing drinks, gels and shout outs, from the sidelines, and even mobile support by bike. Really appreciated by all the runners involved.
The Highland Fling
Yesterday 2 of our EAH lads took on one of the toughest challenges of all. The Highland Fling. The Highland Fling is a 53 mile trail race which takes place every year in April. The scenic route follows the West Highland Way, Scotland’s oldest official long distance footpath, through the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. With an overall elevation of 2,300m including some long steep climbs and sharp descents. The quads and calves are in for a real battering. The race was approx 90% trail and about 10% road. Numbers are capped to 1000 participants. Ultra marathon specialist and all round mountain goat, Billy Reed performed superbly to finish 35th overall and in doing so was first Northern Ireland athlete home. Like a fine wine Billy continues to get better with age. Next home was Chris Collins running this event for his first time. Despite struggling with injury during a large chunk of his training Chris battled superbly for 128th finish.
Superb work gents. Enjoy the recovery.
35th Billy Reed 08:55:44
128th Chris Collins 10:21:42
London Marathon 2018
9 hardy EAH lads had been putting in the long miles throughout what appeared to be the longest winter in living memory, in preparation for the event. Ironic that the race day itself was the hottest London marathon in history with temperatures reaching 24.2C. With this in mind common sense prevailed and race goal times adjusted. It wasn’t a day for running eyeballs out. Despite this there was still some great times from the lads,and thankfully everyone made it home in 1 piece.
Steven Beggs was the first EAH home and in doing so ran his 2nd consecutive sub 3 hour marathon. Special mention to Gary Davison who was running his final marathon event and helped pace Larry McAteer. Also great to have support crew Sam Crawford and David Murray at the side of the course to cheers the boys on and give ‘advice’
847th Steven Beggs 2:57:30
1507th Ross Mercer 3:06:20
1669th Michael Allen 3:07:28
3776th Jim Finlay 3:29:38
3824th Rick Hill 3:29:42
5159th Larry McAteer 3:41:44
5162th Gary Davison 3:41:44
7654th Johnny Craig 4:01:29
10395th Marty McMillan 4:22:36
Well done to everyone
On a sad note everyone at East Antrim Harriers was sorry to hear of the death of 29 year old Matt Campbell, who died after running 22.5 miles of the event. Our thoughts are with his friends and family
Titanic Quarter 10K
Steven Beggs and Ross Mercer ran for EAH at the Annual Titanic Quarter 10k 2018. Just under 1000 runners took part. Both men showed they are in excellent shape for the upcoming London Marathon with Ross posting a personal best over the distance and Steven not far off his.
20th Steven Beggs 35:35
22nd Ross Mercer 35:46
Larne Half Marathon
Thanks to Larne AC for a great day yesterday at the Annual Larne Half Marathon. With one of most scenic routes imaginable, Larne AC always manage to get the weather spot on too. 2000 runners took part. Some great running by the EAH contingent, with plenty coming into good form for the upcoming marathons. Special mention to Steven Beggs on a PB, and to Tim Khanna who had a great run. Well done lads. Onwards and upwards.
32nd Ross Mercer 1:19:53
76th Michael Allen 1:25:01
104th David Murray 1:26:40
143rd Gary Davidson 1:29:13
173rd Jim Finlay 1:30:36
208 Larrold McAteer 1:32:51
362 Andy Liddle 1:39:42
718 Tim Khanna 1:49:23
Shane's Castle Half Marathon
In what was a busy weekend of Racing for EAH, Ross Mercer took on the Shanes Castle Half Marathon in Antrim. The trail race definitely took Ross out of his comfort zone, he much prefers road running!! Despite this fear of uneven ground he performed well to finish 5th place out of 79 entrants.
Well done Ross....we all glad you made it home in one piece!
Carlingford Half Marathon
Congratulations to Rick Hill who gained a personal best at the Carlingford Half Marathon yesterday. Rick, who is training for his first London Marathon at the end of April, finished 14th out of nearly 500 runners, with a time of 1:23:38. Looks like training is paying off.
The Spud Run
Looked like pretty rough conditions for the annual Glenariff Mountain Race or 'Spud Run' as it is also known. Every runner gets a bag of Spuds for finishing. Of the 134 runners, 3 EAH men took part with David Turtle first home in 16th place. Billy Reed finished 22nd and in doing so won the MV50 category. John Neill followed close behind in 26th position. Well done lads! Hope those spuds are good eatin
Superb photo of Mark McElhinney about to take on the Barcelona Marathon. Mark a seasoned Marathon runner joined the club this year with the aim of bringing his times down. He had a great run, finishing with a time of 3:28:08 which is one of his fastest to date. Well done Mark....plenty more great times to come for sure, and the famous black n' white hoops certainly suits you well.
IMRA Glendalough Clover
Great run from Billy Reed on Saturday at the IMRA mountain race, the Glendalough Clover. The 80km route with 3000m of ascent covered Wicklow Way and St Kevins Way. Billy performed to his usual high standards with a 10th place finish. Well done!
Dune Half Marathon
Well done to Rick Hill who completed the Dune half marathon. Rick who this year is running London marathon showed his training is going well with a 43rd place finish in a time of 1hr27:13. Well run!
Billy Reid and Jim Finlay took part in the Stormont Cross Country on 3rd Feb 2018. Out of a quality field of 211 Billy finished 61st with Jim coming in 104th. Well done guys!
Raheny 5 Mile Road Race
Thanks to Raheny AC for a putting on a great event yesterday. The Raheny 5m road race, one of most iconic races on the Irish racing calendar attracted a field of over 4000. After a few late withdrawals Michael Allen was the first EAH runner home in just under 31 minutes. David Murray followed just behind him with a new PB of just over 31 mins. Well done to everyone who ran.
Arguably the best fun was had afterwards with Raheny football club, as always, very welcoming at the bar, and a great meal at the Anglers Rest in Banbridge, on the way home. Thanks to the lads from Albertville and others who travelled on the bus to help make it such a fun day.
2018 Race Over The Glens
The EAH contingent looking soaked after today's Race over the Glen. The annual New Years day event held in Glenariff Forest Park is certainly a good way to blow the cobwebs off, with some steep climbs and fast descents over the 5 mile course. 290 finshed the course and EAH runners performed well.
David Turtle 16th 36:45
Billy Reed 22nd 00:37:13
Phil McNeill 67th 00:42:37
Andy Liddle 97th 00:45:53
Well done lads