82nd McConnell Shield

With the new skippers Jill and Stephen providing clear instructions and targets from the outset of the XC season and with a bun-filled cosy gazebo on offer, who could turn them down?

This race was the second of the 4 XC races being targeted for points and as ever the runners and support crew done the club proud. The race is split into a 3 mile race for Women and over 60 Men and then a 5 mile race for Men.

The ladies and ‘mature’ (over 60) men kicked off the fresh afternoon at 1:30 and was won by Catherine Whoriskey of City of Derry AC in 17:10:

46th Julie McKimm 22:10
60th Emma McWilliams 23:22
77th Jacqui Maxwell 24:28 3rd in Age Cat
84th Jenny Powell 24:59
110th Catherine Fearon 27:16
125th Sharon McFarland 29:39  

60+ Men

9th Brian Todd 20:49
20th Reg Sanlon  24:12

The men started at 2pm and it was won by Conor Duffy of North Belfast Harriers in 25:43:

39th Andy McIntyre 30:09
55th Michael Broadhead 31:41
64th Robin Montgomery 32:04
67th Eric Fairfield 32:07
68th Des Fahy 32:11
108th Andrew Acheson 34:56
115th Michael O’Donoghue 35:10
161st Ian Reid 50:10

Andy McIntyre tried to match his time with his new birthday but…he was too quick…an excellent 30:09 and 39th place. Happy birthday Andy.

The Athletics NI XC League standings, after Comber and Bobby Rea shows the ladies with 19 points and in 7th place out of 22 XC teams, whereas, the men have 18 points and sit in 6th place out of 25 teams. Mighty Oaks XC is the next targeted race on Saturday 19 November although I’m not sure if Jill and Stephen have informed the full coach-load OAC-ers that there is a race on and that it’s not just a day trip to the shops and pubs!