EAST ANTRIM HARRIERS A.C.  Est 1907

2019

McConnell Shield 2019 (2/11/19)


Brilliant day at the 85th McConnell Shield. Thanks to all clubs for participating & congratulations to all our prizewinners. Full results below. View more photos on our Facebook page.


Men’s Race
1. Eksander Turki - Annadale Striders
2. JP Williamson - City of Derry Spartans
3. Scott Rankin - Foyle Valley
Team Prize - Acorns AC


Female Race
1. Sarah Lavery - Beechmount Harriers
2. Sarah Kelly - Innishowen AC
3. Robyn McKee - Dromore AC
Team Prize - Beechmount Harriers

Dublin Marathon (27/10/19)


Congratulations to the EAH who completed Dublin Marathon this morning. On what was the 40th Running of the Dublin Marathon EAH man Andy Liddle completed his 30th Marathon proudly cheered on by his family. He produced his best marathon performance in several years.

Training partners Kirstie Annette and Marty McMillan also took on the 26.2 mile event. Kirstie was running her first marathon since joining the club during which she has made great improvements in her running.

Kirstie ran an excellent race as she powered to a 14 minute personal best. Marty who has completed many marathons all around the world finished 8 mins behind Kirstie.

Well done guys. Congratulations to you all.


Results
1872nd Andy Liddle 3:19:34
7498th Kirstie Annette 4:00:24
8558th Marty McMillan 4:08:34

NI and Ulster Novice Cross Country Championship (26/10/19)


EAH were in action at the NI and Ulster Novice Cross Country Championship at Greenmount on Saturday. Thanks to organisers for an excellent programme of racing. The club was represented by John Neill, Rick Hill, Billy Reed, Michael Allen and Johnny Doey.

Well done guys

Mourne Skyline (19/10/19)


Yet another stellar performance from our mountain man Billy Reed at yesterday's Mourne Skyline Event.

Billy completed the undulating in a fantastic time of 5 hours and 2 minutes to finish in 21st position out of a high-quality field of 236 runners.

Billy also won his age category on the day by being the first M50 over the line. Well done Billy!

Gr8 Dundrum Run (19/10/19)


Nearly 1100 runners took part on a wet day but conditions were good for running. Chris Collins was first home for the club followed by Michael Allen and John Rooney. Great to see Tim Khanna break the 1 hr for his first timeThanks to Murlough AC hosting a great event and well done to all


Results

18th Chris Collins 52:27
26th Michael Allen 53:17
31st John Rooney 54:03
92nd Tim Khanna 58:18

Wilson Cup (13/10/19)


Well done everyone who turned up today in cold damp conditions for the first of our club handicap Races the Wilson Cup.

The 4.5 mile course took our runners from Parkgate to Ballyclare Town Centre. Congratulations to the in form Rick Hill who raced to victory ahead of EAH debutant John Rooney and Johnny Craig. Thanks to everyone who attended and thanks to timekeepers who braved the rain to allow the race to go ahead.

NI & Ulster Relays (6/10/19)

Great to have a team represent East Antrim Harriers at the NI & Ulster Relays this weekend at Victoria Park. Well done to John Neill, Ross Mercer, Rick Hill and David Turtle for finishing 13th out of 30 teams in a very competitive Open Men’s Event. Big thanks to Orangegrove for hosting & organising!
Athletics NI Cross Country League - Armagh (29/9/19)

In a packed weekends racing for the East Antrim Harriers, it was great to have John Neill representing us so well at the Athletics NI Cross Country League opener in Armagh. John ran well to finish 24th overall and 6th in his age category. Well done John!

Albertville 5K (29/9/19)


Action shots from today’s Albertville 5k hosted by Albertville Harriers. This was a good opportunity for a few of the boys to open the legs and test themselves over a shorter distance. Ross Mercer was first home in a personal best time followed by David Murray and Mr Chairman aka Jim Finlay.

Many thanks to our friends at Albertville for hosting.


Results
11th Ross Mercer 17:13
26th David Murray 19:04
44th Jim Finlay 20:37

Well done gents

Causeway Coast Marathons, Bangor 10K (28/9/19)


Congratulations to Chris Collins for completing another Ultra Marathon at the 26 Extreme Causeway Coast Race. Chris finished a fantastic 13th position in a time of 6 hours 25 minutes, despite having stomach issues just after the halfway mark. However, he managed to recover & finish strong. Well done Chris!


Well run Tim Khanna at  Causeway Coast Half Marathon. Tim who has been a regular at this event over the last few years, ran his fastest time to date over the 13.1 mile course. Tim finished in a time of 2:09:51. Well done.


Another week and another Pb for EAH man Rick Hill. Last week was the Belfast Half marathon, this week was the Bangor 10k.

Rick completed today's course in a time of 37:24 for a 56th place finish out a field of nearly 1000 runners.

Well done again

Belfast Half Marathon (22/9/19)


Great day yesterday at the Annual Belfast City Half Marathon. A mild but wet day gave great conditions for running and some excellent times, with nearly 5000 runners taking part. Ross Mercer was first home followed by Rick Hill who had another pb, adding to a long list this year. Stevie Beggs and Davey Turtle trotted round together followed by Michael Allen. Andy Liddle back in form narrowly missed out on sub 90, where as Kirsty Annett and Marty McMillan looked fresh coming in as they completed another excellent half. Well done everyone who ran , great to see a good squad of hoops in action.


Thanks to Jim for photos.


Results:
70th Ross Mercer 1:19:57
89th Rick Hill PB 1:21:44
142nd David Turtle 1:24:52
144th Steven Beggs 1:25:03
183rd Michael Allen 1:25:42
354th Andy Liddle 1:31:05
1579 Marty McMillan 1:51:19
1580 Kirstie Annett 1:51:19

Mourne 2 Day Marathon (21/9/19)

Huge well done to our own Billy Reed who, along with his son Peter, won their Class at the Mourne 2 Day Marathon this weekend. Their total time was 6.30 and what makes the win even more impressive is that their winning margin was over an hour! Congratulations Billy and we hope you didn’t slow Peter down too much!!

GRC Coastal 5K (13/9/19)


EAH man Andy Liddle ran tonight at the GRC Coastal 5k hosted by Glenlough Running Club. The scenic route took runners along the Coast Road from Carnlough to Glenarm. Andy performed very well finishing in a time of 19:37 for 31st place out of 237 finishers. Well done.

Larne 10K (7/9/19)


Two Harriers racing at the Larne 10k this morning. In a field of 218 runners, Rick Hill was 8th home in 37.38 while Stevie Beggs picked up an Age Category prize with a 10th place finish in 38.28.

Also Ross Mercer's son, Finlay ran well in the Kids Race. Thanks to East Coast AC for the well organised race.

EAST ANTRIM INTER CLUB RACE (27/8/19)


Another great night at this year's East Antrim Inter-Club Race organised by Larne AC. Congratulations to Matty Hewitt for making the podium, great to see Michael McDonald racing on the roads after his recent Triathlon victory & shout out to Kirsty Annett for a huge improvement on last year's time.


FEMALE RACE (4 Miles):


20th 31.16 Kirstie Annett


MALE RACE (5 Miles):


2nd 28.53 Matthew Hewitt
10th 30.08 Ross Mercer
12th 30.28 Rick Hill
26th 31.39 Michael McDonald
38th 33.22 Andy Liddle
61st 35.09 Mark McElhenny
62nd 35.09 Tim Khanna
70th 35.57 Jim Finlay
89th 37.56 Johnny Doey

STORMING THE CASTLE (25/8/19)

Well done to Davy Turtle & Andy Liddle who both ran the Storming the Castle 10k today in Carrick. On what was a warm day for racing, both men finished well up the field with Davy picking up an age category win for his efforts.


RESULTS:
13th Davy Turtle 38.42
46th Andy Liddle 41.58

Coleraine Classic 5 mile road race (14/8/19)


Congratulations to EAH man Rick Hill on his 5 mile PB at last nights Coleraine Classic 5 mile road race. Rick finished in 25th place with a time of 29:23. Well done Rick and thanks to Springwell Running for hosting the event.

Mallusk 5 Mile Road Race (9/8/19)


The Black ‘n White Hoops were in action at Fridays nights 5 mile Road Race hosted by Mallusk Harriers. First EAH vest home was Tom Magee in 14th position with a time of 30:52. He was followed by a strong showing from Tim Khanna in a time of 36:34 for 69th position. The ever improving Kirstie Annett put in another excellent performance to finish 131st just missing out on sub 40 with a time of 40:11.

Well done to everyone and thanks to Mallusk Harriers for another well organised event.

Broughshane 10K (5/8/19)


Well done to Johnny Doey on his 10k pb last night at the Broughshane 10k. Consistent training since Johnny joined EAH earlier in the year is now paying off as Johnny beat his previous best by nearly 90 secs. He finished in 31st place with a time of 45:44. Many thanks to Ballymena Runners for hosting the event.

Dark Hedges Half Marathon (3/8/19)


EAH were in Dervock on Saturday at the Dark Hedges Half Marathon and 5 mile road race hosted by Springwell Running Club. Andy Liddle was first EAH home from the half marathon followed by Tim Khanna and David Murray, who was pacing a friend. Phil Smyth was the sole EAH man in the 5 mile race and finished well up the field. Well done guys and thanks to Springwell Running Club for an excellent days racing.


Results:

Half Marathon:
Andy Liddle 41st 1:37:51
Tim Khanna 95th 1:49:13
David Murray 141st 1:56:21


5 mile race:
Phil Smyth 14th 37:22

Portaferry 10 mile race (16/7/19)


Ross Mercer and Marty McMillan were in action at the Portaferry 10 mile road race. Out of a field of 320 runners Ross finished 13th in a time of 1:01:09. Marty finished in a time of 1hr22. Well done Lads

Antrim Coast Road Marathon


John Neill took on the Antrim Coast Road Marathon hosted by Larne AC. Anyone running this event is in for a treat with the scenery absolutely stunning. John finished in 23rd position out of approx 150 runners with a time of 3:18:54. Great photo at the end of John running in with his kids.

Ards Half Marathon


Kirstie Annett and Marty McMillan took on warm conditions and plenty of hills at the Ards Half Matathon. Approx 450 finished.

Unfortunately Marty pulled out at 4 miles due to illness. Kirstie powered on to record and excellent time of 1:56:44 and 189th position.

Lisburn 10K


Four made the journey for the widely participated event, in which 1535 finished. First home was Ross Mercer in 14th position 36:23. Rick Hill followed in 25th 38:16. Tom Magee was next home in 38:43 for 29th position. Johnny Doey performed very well in only his 2nd run in the hoops with a time of 47:00 for 188th position. Well done lads

Woodburn Forest Series


Congratulations to the EAH quartet of Larry McAteer, Billy Reed, David Turtle and Andy Liddle who took home the team prize at the inaugural Woodburn Forest Series. The four men performed consistently well throughout the three race series. This also resulted in David Turtle taking home the overall MV40 prize and Billy Reed taking the MV50 overall prize. Well done gents and thanks to Gary for putting on a well organised event.

2019 Smyth Cup


Congratulations to Kirstie Annett winner of this year's EAH club Handicap race, the Smyth Cup 5 mile Road Race. Kirstie controlled the race from start to finish as she held off strong challenges from Andy Liddle and James Kitchin who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Strong turnout from the Black n white hoops despite a horrible night. Well done to all....some excellent times.

Many thanks to Stevie and Jeanette who stood in the rain to provide time keeping. Without these guys the races wouldn’t be possible.

Maghera 10K


Four men took on the undulating course on what was a great night for running. Rick Hill was home first in 12th position in a time of 38:04. Tom Magee working his way back from injury followed just after in 13th position in a time of 38:08. Mark McEIhinney ran close to a pb with a time of 43:01 for 52nd position, and Phil Smyth had a solid run for 77th position in a time of 44:55. Well done gents and thanks to the race organizers for putting on the event.

Woodburn Forest Series (1st Race)


Well done to EAH runners who took part in the 1st Race of the Woodburn Forest Series (14/5/2019). The trail race covered a distance of 3 miles on what was a lovely evening for running.


Results
4th David Turtle 00:17:54
5th Billy Reed 00:18:39
15th Andy Liddle 00:20:08
20th Larry McAteer 00:20:46

Barkley Marathons


EAH man Billy Reed travelled to the USA to participate in the 2019 Barkley Marathons. The race is a 100 mile trail race held in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee. It consists of five 20 miles loops totaling 100 miles. The total elevation would be equivalent to climbing Mount Everest twice.

There is a time limit of 60 hrs to complete the course. If you complete 3 laps of 20 miles, this is known as the fun run. Unsurprising there had only been 18 occasions on which this course had been finished, which is why the event is known as the toughest ultramarathon in the world.


More information on this race is well worth a read at https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkley_Marathons


The 40 entrants this year were hampered by severe weather conditions, with heavy rain and freezing cold conditions. In fact no entrants completed the event for the 2nd year in a row despite the worlds top ultra runners taking part. Only one participant made it to the 4th lap.

Billy gave everything he had but due to the severe cold, and fatigue from the ‘relentless’ climbing he called it a day on lap 2. Despite this he said ‘he loved every minute of it’.


Well done Billy Reed. Everyone at EAH is very proud of your achievement and representing the club in such a prestigious event.

McKillen Shield


Congratulations to David Turtle. Winner of  EAH Handicap the McKillen Shield. The event held at The Six Mile Water Park in Ballyclare is the longest of the club races at 8 miles. David who is in excellent form at the minute started from the back of the race to finish ahead of Andy Liddle and Jim Finlay.


Thanks to Stevie and Jeanette for time keeping. Thanks also to those who took part in the race

Wicklow Way Ultra Marathon, Coventry Half Marathon


(24/3/19)

On a busy weekend 2 EAH men went further for some racing action. On Saturday morning Chris Collins took on the Wicklow Way Ultra Marathon. The scenic trail event covered 31 miles with 6000ft of ascent. Chris, who recently had started to concentrate on the ultra distance, performed well to finish 61st in a time of 5:29:13.

On Sunday morning, David Turtle took a trip over to the midlands for the Coventry Half Marathon. It was a very worthwhile exercise too as David finished 25th overall and 1st V40 in a time of 1:18:45. Particularly impressive on a hilly course on which over 3200 runners took part.


Well done guys

Larne Half Marathon


Thanks to Larne AC for a great day at the Catterpillar Larne Half Marathon. The sun always seem to shine in the day of this event and by all accounts the conditions were perfect for running and fast times. First home for the club was Colin James who is readying himself for the upcoming Belfast Marathon in May. Performances of the day came from Rick Hill, Jim Finlay and Kirstie Annette. Rick had another personal best, with Kirstie taking a massive 4 minutes off her previous best. Like a fine wine, Jim seems to get better with age as he stormed to a sub 90 for the first time in several years.


Results:
29th Colin James 1:17:53
43rd Steven Beggs 1:20:43
66th Rick Hill 1:22:48
101st Matthew Hewitt 1:26:02
160th David Murray 1:28:41
180th Sid Green 1:29:28
188th Jim Finlay 1:29:37
237th Andy Liddle 1:32:22
827th Kirstie Annett 1:51:38
828th Marty McMillan 1:51:38


Well done to everyone who ran

Barcelona Marathon


On Sunday 10th March, 4 lucky harriers took a break from the wind and snow back home when they took on the Barcelona Marathon. Turned out to be a day of excellent performances too with 2 EAH recording pb’s with sub 3 hour marathons. Ross Mercer was first home with a pb time of 2:54:28 followed by Michael Allen who also recorded a personal best time of 2:58:08. Larry McAteer who found the heat tough for the last few miles came in with a time of 3:21:32. Mark McIlhinney a regular attender of this event finished in 4:03:58. A great effort having battled back from a long term injury. 

Plenty of sangria enjoyed after the event, by all accounts and well deserved.

Kirkpatrick Cup


Congratulations to Jim Finlay. The club Chairman showed everyone how it’s done when winning today’s Kirkpatrick Cup XC 6m Club Handicap, at The Six Mile Water Park (16/2/19).

On what was a great day for running Norman Caughey and then Kirstie Annett set the early pace with Kirstie building a decent lead by half way. Jim who is running very strongly at present wouldn’t be denied, and eventually passed Kirstie with a lap to go. He then had plenty in the tank to hold off Michael Allen who finished 2nd, with Kirstie finishing in an excellent 3rd.

Well done to everyone who raced today and many thanks to Big Stevie and Jeanette for time keeping.

Moira XC


Well done to the EAH who turned out for the XC at sunny Moira on 2nd Feb, hosted by City of Lisburn AC. In what turned out to be a successful day for the club, David Turtle and Matthew Hewitt finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Jim Finlay picking up the V50M age category prize. James Kitchin and David Murray also had strong runs.

With Jim being the shy and retiring type he said he didn’t want to boast about his category win. In fact, he said he hardly even mentioned it during the club run this morning. Despite this quite a few of the lads have been on saying they know every blade of grass at Moira Demense even tho they’ve never been there...


Well done to everyone who ran

Raheny 5 mile race


Thanks to Raheny AC for a fantastic day out at the Raheny 5 mile Road race in County Dublin. The event which attracted nearly 5000 runners is always eagerly anticipated. Thankfully the forecast wind died down for the race which gave rise to great conditions for running. The EAH took advantage of this with 4 personal bests on the day. 


First home was Ross Mercer who ran sub 28mins for the first time. Chris Collins and Michael Allen also ran pb’s for 5miles with Chris breaking 30mins for the first time and Michael narrowly missing out on this marker. Tim Khanna was the 4th EAH to pb on the day and in doing so broke 35mins for only his 2nd time.

The Baird Cup


Congratulations to EAH lady Kirstie Annett, winner of Saturday’s EAH XC Club Handicap the Baird Cup. The 6 mile race at Ballyclare’s Six mile water park attracted a decent turnout from the hoops with conditions good underfoot.

Kirstie showed just how much she has improved since joining the club last year, as she lead from start to finish to claim the trophy.

EAH veterans Marty McMillan and Jim Finlay took 2nd and 3rd positions. Special mention to Michael McDonald who had a strong run narrowly missing out on a top 3 finish in his first XC for the club.

Thanks to Stevie for time keeping and well done to everyone who ran

(19/1/2019)


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Race Over The Glens


The annual New Years Day event hosted by Ballymena Runners always attracts large numbers. The ideal way to start the year. Congratulations to our team of 6 runners who finished 2nd Male team behind deserved winners Ballymena Runners. Special mention to Matty Hewitt (4th) and David Turtle (10th) who both finished in the top 10. Well done everyone. Great start to the year.