Belfast Half Marathon

Conditions were just about perfect for the Belfast Half on Sunday, with over 3500 toeing the line at Ormeau Embankment.

First of the sizeable North Down contingent was Dale Murray, 1:13:15 representing a superb PB and 11th place overall. Francis Marsh claimed his customary age category win, and 21st place, in a time of 1:15:55, with Ross Murray (1:17:06/28th) and Dan Trimble (1:19:28/53rd) also showing up well.

Eamonn O’Reilly (1:25:55) was close to his very best, Fiona McQuillan (1:26:06) broke new ground with a fine PB, while Aaron McCauley’s first sub 90 (1:29:15) was a surprise to him as much as anyone else, but was no less deserved.

The strong running continued with Nick Anderson (1:30:43), a fantastic new best for Sarah Gibson (1:31:45), and an age category win for Les Wilkinson (1:32:15).

Brian Geddis (1:32:00) was in fine form, Clair Quigley (1:32:28) claimed an excellent new PB, Christopher Ballentine crossed in 1:35:10, whilst Valerie McDonough and Fiona McVicar were both awarded 1:36:06, a new best for the latter, with Lisa Tomalin (1:36:26) close behind, in yet another PB.

Strong running from Keith Gilmore (1:39:58) and Alastair Hamilton (1:40:37) was followed by Tim Cooke’s fastest ever half (1:41:01), Lucia Williams crossed in 1:41:56, Christopher Williams in 1:45:38 and Andrew Muir in 1:46:36. Clare Russell recorded 1:48:06, while Paula Simpson dipped under 1:50 for the first time, with a well judged effort of 1:49:50. Matt Ormesher clocked in with 1:51:14, John Ferguson with 1:55:15, while Cliff McCausland (1:55:58) continued New York marathon prep and Caroline Steele claimed a brand new PB of 1:58:04. Nicola Stevenson (2:17:12), Noreen McCausland (2:25:09) and Pat O’Driscoll (2:33:32) completed North Down representation on another excellent day for the club, with fine performances all round and much to be proud of.


 Belfast Half – Results