Weekly Report – 20th March-26th March 2023

Queen’s 5k

Some midweek running for a few OACers last Thursday at the Queen’s 5k. This race starts on the Annadale Embankment and follows a loop along both Embankments between the Ormeau and King’s Bridges. A flat and fast course allowed for some great times below, especially considering some of the guys were doing their peak marathon training weeks at the time – expecting even faster 5k times from them after the end of April.

Andrew Carson – 17.59
Keith Weir – 18.16
Robin Montgomery – 19.44
Sam Rainey – 21.02
Brian Todd – 22.33

10 Mile Coast Road Run

This is a very scenic out and back course, with the potential to be very fast but also with the potential for some brutal headwinds. Obviously the wind Gods were kind on Saturday morning as the folks below were all able to put in great times – no idea how Andrew and Robin did that after the Queen’s 5k on Thursday!

Danny Bradley – 56.43
Andrew Carson – 1.00.38
Robin Montgomery – 1.07.00
Gillian McGucken – 1.34.19

NIMRA British Championship Race – Mourne Marauder

Finally a race with some elevation. This race starts in Donard Park in Newcastle for approximately 16km in the Mournes, and over 1200m of climbing! This is run in the memory of the 16 airmen who lost their lives in WW2 plane crashes around the race course. Andy Tees placed 50th – very impressive considering the calibre of runners taking part.

Andy Tees – 1.56.41

Belfast Zoo 5k

Sticking with the theme of hills our latest Club Championship race was on Sunday at the Belfast Zoo 5k. A 2 lap course taking us past various animal enclosures – making it surprisingly enjoyable despite the elevation. A great turnout from the club on this one with 15 of us taking part and yours truly taking home 20 points in the men’s championship and Julie McKimm doing the same in the women’s. Well done to everyone racing, and big thanks to Martina Saravia who got great pictures of everyone.


Sean Tanuvasa – 20.40
Keith Weir – 21.10
Michael O’Donoghue – 23.04
Stephen Anderson – 26.03
Brian Todd – 27.40
Simon Cordoba – 28.02


Julie McKimm – 25.13
Sarah Steer – 27.31
Alison Canning – 28.32
Elaine Weston – 28.45
Judith McCann – 29.50
Elaine Bates – 32.00
Selina Myles – 32.11
Jenny Powell – 32.34
Emily Paisley – 33.04

Omagh Half-Marathon

Possibly saving the best for last as Andy McIntyre achieved a new personal best at the Omagh Half-Marathon with a time of 1.14.53, which was enough for him to finish 25th out of over 2000 runners. Brilliant time Andy, really well done!

Andrew McIntyre – 1.14.53
Verity Cornford – 1.55.21
Anne Devlin – 2.31.14

Parkrun Report


A slow news week on the parkrun front! At least a couple of members managed to tick off a new location giving me something to write about here; Kimberley Reynolds at Waterworks, and Andrew McIntyre at Sixmilewater. Their 26th and 38th locations respectively. Thank you both.



Kimberley Reynolds – 29.38
Alison Canning – 29.39

Belfast Victoria

Tom Smith – 22.25
Paul Woodman – 24.33
Anna Rankin – 25.34
Martin Walker – 27.09
Andrew Mackenzie – 30.02


David Montgomery – 20.18
Chris Heaney – 24.32
Lizzie McNicholl – 28.41


Melinda Wilkinson – 30.38


Ian Wilson – 26.33


Rodney Corrigan – 25.48
Verity Cornford – 26.42
Jackie Grant – 28.52
Mairead Napier – 46.18


Colin Simpson – 23.21
Steven Gilliland – 23.22
Chris Woods – 24.31
David Gilliland – 24.35
Pauline Bayliss – 24.44


Andrew McIntyre – 19.36


Sean Tanuvasa – 22.41
Keith Weir – 22.43

Knockbracken Reservoir

Richard Bryson – 22.47