Queen’s ‘Round the River’ 5K

On Wednesday 2nd April Queens University held this popular fixture on NI race calendar which spans the Stranmillis and Annadale Embankments. Its flat and fast course attracts some of the provinces top athletes. On this occasion NI Half Marathon record holder Paul Pollock made an appearance, which attracted a lot of publicity to the event.

The lure of a quick 5k time and it being a club championship event resulted in 29 athletes from OAC in attendance, making it one of the better represented clubs amongst the turnout of nearly 600 runners. In a field where the front runners were getting times close to 14 minutes, it was always going to be difficult for us to grab a podium place, but we did very well by our own standards.

John Craig 00:17:00
Joe Craney 00:17:52
Thomas Leitch 00:18:06
Graeme McNabb 00:18:18
Stephen Orr 00:18:56
Desmond Fahy 00:19:15
Mark McFeeters 00:19:59
Louise Lemon 00:20:26
Brian Todd 00:20:25
Lyndsey Pronger 00:20:40
Paul McGovern 00:20:46
Michael O’Donoghue 00:20:47
Ian Grant 00:21:40
Anne Moore 00:21:53
Julie McKimm 00:21:59
Jo Patterson 00:21:58
Joy McAleer 00:22:23
Martin Doherty 00:22:24
Rachel Lyle 00:22:38
Emma McWilliams 00:22:38
Jacqueline Maxwell 00:22:43
Sharon Dickenson 00:23:37
Jim Harris 00:24:01
Raymond Leitch 00:24:20
Sharon Corken 00:24:20
Paul Gruhn 00:24:54
Selina Myles 00:24:59
Ursula Graham 00:31:21

Athletes that got 5k PB’s on the day include Joe Craney, Michael O’Donoghue, Sharon Corken, Martin Doherty and Julie McKimm and almost certainly more.

Overall its difficult to finds fault with this event. Well organised with soup and pizza afterwards and a quality shirt, its an event we’re sure to return to.