Day for PB’s at Laganside

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Sunday 6th September saw the return of the popular Laganside 10k event hosted  by the North Belfast Harriers. This event also doubled as the NI 10k Championships with nearly 1000 runners taking part.

There were 20 North Down AC athletes running this flat picturesque course on a day that brought near perfect running conditions (good news for those chasing PB’s).

Leading the North Down pack from the whistle were Dennis Scott, Craig McMeechan and Francis Marsh followed closely by Ben Caughers and Mark Weir. As the race headed out towards the Queens Bridge there was a slight breeze but this didn’t slow the runners down as Dennis and NDAC rising star Craig passed the 5k marker side by side in 16:47 with Francis Marsh and Ben Caughers not far behind in 16:58 and 17:47 respectively. A little further back in the field Mark Weir and Jamie McMeechan were all looking very strong while David McMeechan, Eamonn Russell and Colin Walker were all working well as a pack.

In the ladies race the on-form Jodie Smith clocked the first 5k in 20:20 while Katie Moore and Steven Wise weren’t far behind with halfway splits of 20:35 and 20:58 respectively. Andrew Muir (with long milage in his legs from his Dublin Marathon Training) was running well as were Gary McQuillan, Paul Galloway who had run with daughter Grace in the Junior Mile before the main event. Trevor Patterson was also having a good run with Jo Moran, Jane Stevenson and Clare russell all following.

As the runners came off the picturesque embankment it was clear that there was going to be a close finish for the 2 leading NDAC men but it was Dennis Scott  who out-sprinted out junior star Craig to be the first NDAC man home in impressive 33:09 and finishing 12th overall. However, Craig finished a mere 3 seconds later in 33:12 and was 16th overall and the first MJ to cross the line. Shortly after Francis Marsh ran his fastest time in several years to finish in 33:31 with Ben Caughers clocking a PB in 35:41. It was these 4 times that managed to clinch the NDAC mens team second place in the ANI Championship. Not far behind Ben Mark Weir had a good run of 36:07 with Jamie McMeechan running a PB of 36:50. The first 6 NDAC finishers were also awarded silver in the Laganside team event.

Also clocking PB’s on the day were Colin Russell, Eamonn O’Reilly, Clare Russell, Jane Stevenson and Katie Moore with good runs also from Steven Wise, Nick Irvine, Jo Moran, Andrew Muir, Gary McQuillan, Paul Galloway and Trevor Patterson.

As always this was a very well organised and enjoyable event by the North Belfast Harriers and it was great to see so many NDAC in attendance and helping to make this event a success.

Full results can be found here: http://www.nirunning.co.uk/results

12

Dennis

Scott

M

MO

0:16:47

0:16:22

0:33:09

0:33:07

16

Craig

McMeechan

M

MJ

0:16:47

0:16:25

0:33:12

0:33:10

20

Francis

Marsh

M

M45

0:16:58

0:16:34

0:33:31

0:33:30

44

Ben

Caughers

M

MO

0:17:47

0:17:55

0:35:41

0:35:41

52

Mark

Weir

M

M40

0:18:06

0:18:01

0:36:07

0:36:01

63

Jamie

McMeechan

M

MJ

0:18:12

0:18:39

0:36:50

0:36:47

133

Nick

Irvine

M

M35

0:19:46

0:19:36

0:39:21

0:39:17

152

David

McMeechan

M

M45

0:20:03

0:19:41

0:39:44

0:39:34

153

Eamonn

O’Reilly

M

M40

0:20:15

0:19:30

0:39:45

0:39:39

161

Colin

Walker

M

M40

0:20:11

0:19:52

0:40:02

0:39:56

175

Jodi

Smith

F

F35

0:20:20

0:20:15

0:40:35

0:40:27

205

Katie

Moore

F

FJ

0:20:35

0:20:44

0:41:18

0:41:13

214

Stephen

Wise

M

M55

0:20:58

0:20:44

0:41:41

0:41:14

271

Andrew

Muir

M

M35

0:22:44

0:21:06

0:43:49

0:43:32

339

Gary

McQuillan

M

M35

0:23:22

0:23:04

0:46:25

0:46:04

375

Paul

Galloway

M

M45

0:23:49

0:23:55

0:47:43

0:47:30

412

Trevor

Patterson

M

M45

0:25:06

0:24:01

0:49:07

0:48:54

453

Joanne

Moran

F

F35

0:26:07

0:24:13

0:50:20

0:49:42

479

Jane

Stevenson

F

F40

0:25:48

0:25:34

0:51:21

0:50:45

503

Clare

Russell

F

F40

0:26:53

0:25:18

0:52:11

0:51:38