A spokesperson for the Ballyclare-based club explained: “The committee and wider membership body of the County Antrim Harriers running club would like to pay tribute and express their gratitude to their outgoing Chairman Colin Gilmore for being a dedicated member of the County Antrim Harriers committee for over 17 years.
“During his 17 years as part of the committee, he has held numerous positions including, committee member, Men’s captain, Treasurer and Chairman.
He has facilitated some significant changes over this period from growing the membership of the County Antrim Harriers from 27 to 162 and more recently navigated the club with unwavering leadership through the pandemic, keeping members active and engaged through innovative virtual weekly and monthly challenges and rewards.
“Most significantly during his tenure as Chairman, Colin has facilitated the inception of the 10km and 5km May Fair races which have grown to be one of Northern Ireland’s most popular fixtures in the local road running community.
“Notably, this event helps to raise vital funds for many local charities. This year alone over £3,000 was donated to carefully chosen worthy local causes including Friends of the Cancer Centre, Age NI, Cancer Lifeline, FND Matters, the food bank and Sands NI, from proceeds of the CAH May Fair races.”
A spokesperson for the non-profit making organisation added: “Colin would argue that other members deserve the credit for these achievements, butwithout his guidance and support many of these initiatives would never have got past the ideas stage.
“Under his watch County Antrim Harriers has grown and improved immensely and the members are grateful for his tireless service and contributions.”
Chris Dickey has been appointed the new Chairman of County Antrim Harriers.
Congratulations to our April Member of the Month, John Holmes. John is a regular attender of club runs and improvement sessions. John enjoys representing CAH at many events, in particular at recent races in America including his age grade win in Alabama. John is always a great encourager on club runs and during races.
This race at began at City Hall, with approximately 2,500 bushy-tailed runners weaving through the streets of the City Centre and making their way upwards to the Falls, before returning back towards Great Victoria street, up Dublin road and Botanic avenue towards Queens, through the Gardens towards Stranmills embankment with the final 2.75km within Ormeau Park. Parts of the race which were off-road through Botanic Gardens and Ormeau Park.
There was a craic-ing turnout from the Club with a few well-deserved stonking PBs for Suzanne, Stephanie and Karen!
Special thanks to Margaret Beattie for coming out this morning to support us all on route and for collecting race packs on Wednesday.
Well done to Karen Wilson, Stephanie Hamilton and John Holmes for blasting round the Walled City 10 miler in Derry today. Conditions were perfect with Karen hitting an amazing PB and Steph making her 10mile debut for the club!
CAH Marathon Superstar Suzanne Kennedy has completed the 2023 Tokyo Marathon this morning running a fantastic personal best of 3hrs 37 mins. Suzanne completed the 6 marathon majors this morning to get her Six Star medal. She is the first harrier to complete all 6 within a year. She ran every marathon from strength to strength with grit, determination and a smile. Suzanne is now also a Guinness world record holder for participating in the marathon with the most 6 star finishers! We are immensely proud of her as a club!
It all began on 5th September with Helen and Ruth delivering an outstanding and very enjoyable series of grass training sessions for the 38 Club members who participated. Helen & Ruth’s dedication and hard work ensured we were well prepared for the XC season.
This year 19 Club members participated the various XC races throughout the season. It was by far the best turnout of Harriers for many years.
The season kicked of with the NI Masters qualifying race for the British and Irish XC in Dublin. Wendy once again was selected for the FV70 age category. She ran very strongly in Dublin wearing her NI vest with pride. Margaret was fortunate enough to attend and run in the Open Race. It was a very proud and memorable day for both.
The XC league races followed with the CAH ladies fielding a Team for 6 qualifying races, in Comber, Belfast, Cookstown, Mallusk, Stormont, and finally then NI Seniors XC in Comber.
We were joined this year by Aaron, Andrew, Darren, Sean and Stu who made up a Men’s Team for the Mathieson Cup. The men gave a great performance and we hope they will return next season.
Our new Club member Rachel McCartney joined us gave a fantastic performance in 4 of the League races. We also were delighted to welcome Emma and welcome back Carol Annesley who has recently recovered from a prolonged period of injury.
Overall we had a great XC season. We wore our club colours with pride. We look forward to more muddy adventures next season.