The first in person race of the year took place on Saturday 24th April, signalling the beginning of the end of a long lockdown period. However, the continuation of virtual events is a reminder that running is not quite back to pre-pandemic times just yet. Nevertheless, the resumption of club training has been welcomed by all.
Andrew Newell competed in the half marathon at Down Royal Racecourse, located just outside Lisburn. The event was organised by ChampionChip, who must be commended for their efforts in providing a safe racing environment. Andrew finished with a time of 86.11.
Declan Morrison also recently completed a half marathon event. Declan completed the Armagh Virtual Festival of Running half marathon in a time of 1.40.38.
The May Bank Holiday weekend is usually a spot reserved for the Belfast Marathon. However, due to Covid, it has been postponed until September. In its place, a number of Harriers took part in the Belfast Virtual Half Marathon. They were Dearbhla Glackin, Gillian Robinson, Maureen Mallon, Emma Duffy, Brian Taggart and Jarleth Loughran. Jarleth ran a personal best for the distance with a time of 89.42.
Fresh after completing his 50 mile charity challenge, Mark Reid has recently completed a virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge, having successfully run the 874 miles distance within the allotted time frame.