North Belfast Harriers host annual Belfast Hills event
By Ryan Maxwell
On Saturday 30th May 2015, nearly one hundred athletes turned out for the 3rd annual Belfast Harriers Belfast Hills 8.8k mountain-trail race; the event is also on the Northern Ireland Mountain Running Association (NIMRA) calendar.
In the men’s race, it was a close battle between the host clubs Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers) and Newcastle AC’s David McNeilly, a man who has shown good recent form after returning from injury. In the end, it was Neil Carty who edged it, winning in 32:28 (1st place), with David settling for 2nd place in 32:36 (2nd place). Another North Belfast Harriers man, Nat Glenn, secured 3rd place in 33:00.
In the ladies race, Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC), bettered her third place finish from Thursday’s Hill & Dale Series event at Loughshannagh, when she sealed victory in 38:10 (1st place). Club mate, Hazel McLaughlin (Lagan Valley AC) took the runners up spot in 41:32 (2nd place), before Helen Weir (North Belfast Harriers) crossed the line in 42:55 (3rd place).
Top 3 Men: 1st Neil Carty (North Belfast Harriers) – 32:28, 2nd David McNeilly (Newcastle AC) – 32:36, 3rd Nat Glenn (North Belfast Harriers) – 33:00
Top 3 Ladies: 1st Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley AC) – 38:10, 2nd Hazel McLaughlin (Lagan Valley AC) – 41:32, 3rd Helen Weir (North Belfast Harriers) – 42:55