On Saturday 10 October 241 runners took to the roads around Ballynahinch for the Run to Remember. The 5k race was organised by Atlas Running on behalf of Ballynahinch British Legion. The overall winner was John Craig (Victoria Park & Connswater AC) in 17:12 and Sarah Graham (Mourne Runners) finished first lady in 20:25. Four Harriers were running, Stephen Waterson was first to cross the line in 22:34, Anne McClurg finished in 26:55, Debra Jordan in 27:02 and Roland Coey 27:20.
Saturday also saw the fifth Tollymore Trail Marathon Event. Run by 26 Extreme there was an ultra-marathon (40 miles), full marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) and 10k options for runners, all run on routes through the forest trails of Tollymore Forest Park. 80 ran the marathon and Ballydrain’s Drew Fowler placed 3rd overall in a time of 3:11:23 behind winner Chris Denton 3:07:02 and Mark Walker 3:08:03. This was a 47 minute course PB for Drew and a fantastic achievement on a punishing course only a week after he ran the EAMS marathon in a PB time of 3 hours. Three other members took on the challenge of the marathon, Craig Bradley finished in 3:32:30, Paul Edgar in 4:00:24 and Catherine Miskelly in 4:29:52.
319 runners ran the half marathon with winner Breege Connolly (City of Derry AC) setting a new course record of 1:21:13. Harrier Lisa Whitcroft placed 8th lady in a time of 1:49:06. Christina McConnell completed the course in 2:07:23, Holly Hunniford in 2:07:38, Deborah Sherlock in 2:20:04, and Laura Linter in 2:20:36.
On Sunday 11 November twelve members travelled to Monaghan for the NI & Ulster Novice Cross Country Championships at Scotstown GAA Grounds. Letterkenny AC did-the-double winning both the ladies 4000m race (Niamh Kelly) and men’s 6000m race (Eoin Hughes). In the team race it was top three to score for the ladies and four for the men. Amanda Perry finished 9th out of the field of 80, followed by Claire Ingram in 11th and Andrea Mockford in 58th; this saw the ladies place 7th out of the 15 ladies teams running. In the men’s race Glen Taylor was first home for the Harriers in 45th place out of a field of 111 followed by Drew Fowler in 53rd, Nathan Beattie in 54th and Daniel Burns in 55th.
Special mention should go to Drew Fowler and Catherine Miskelly who both ran the cross-country having completed the Tollymore trail marathon the day before.