County Antrim Harriers were out on force, on Sunday, for the 2019 running of the popular Deep River Rock Belfast City Half Marathon. This years conditions were somewhat different from previous years, with athletes receiving a “good old soaking” within 5 minutes of the race start. Despite the weather being a factor throughout the race, it didn’t dampen spirits nor the Harriers performances, with many well-deserved PBs, and the resetting of the ladies Club record! There was great Club support along the route, which was much appreciated especially considering the conditions.
On-form Jana Ross, paced herself perfectly, to cross the line in an impressive 1:26:16 (PB) to claim another Club Record! She was quickly followed by Andrew Wilson 1:29:46 PB; Tom Waterfield 1:33:55 PB; Simon McDowell 1:35:08 PB; Samuel Dunlop 1:36:25 PB; Aaron Anderson 1:40:41; Alexandra McLaughlin 1:42:56 PB; and Mandy Yau-Wilson 1:48:24 PB. Next cross the line were Robin Wilson 1:53:26; Margaret Waterfield 1:54:35 PB; Erin Montgomery 1:56:29; Suzanne Kennedy 1:57:49; Hiliary Boyd 1:58:27 PB; Alan Fleming 1:59:44 PB; Jennifer Moore 1:59:46; and Mervyn Davidson 1:59:49. Also running strongly were Claire Oliphant 2:00:48; Patricia Hamill 2:00:48; Marty Kilpatrick 2:01:41; Caroline Ashe 2:02:37; Irene Downey 2:03:11; John Holmes 2:04:34; Raymond Hilman 2:04:54; Joanne Robinson 2:05:49; Carol Conn 2:06:10 PB; Karen Wilson 2:08:07; and Anouska Holend 2:12:09 PB. Well done all!
While on Saturday, the Club went international! Niall Robinson travelled to Norway for the Oslo Half Marathon. Despite the sunny, warm conditions, and a huge hill at mile 10 with a false summit, Niall enjoyed the experience.
Elsewhere, Alister White, was in action at IRONMAN 140.6 Italy Emilia-Romagna – his second 140.6 event in less than twelve months! The event included a 2.2 mile swim in the calm waters of Romagna, a 112 mile cycle, and a 26.2 run! Another absolutely amazing feat.