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Harriers Take Top Spots At The Great Rossa Run

Rochdale 10k
On Tuesday 4th the Rochdale 10k took place in the eponymous town in Greater Manchester. 280 runners attended the undulating 10K course, which started in Springfield Park, progressed through Bamford, past Queens Park, through Heywood, and back to Springfield Park.

Congratulations to Kevin Heenan who completed with a course PB of 49:40, an improvement by 20 seconds over his time last year.

Great Rossa Run Half Marathon, 10K and 5K
On Sunday 9th over 650 athletes attended the village of Ardboe in County Tyrone for the 4th annual running of the popular Great Rossa Run 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon races. Hosted by Ardboe O’Donovan Rossa GAC, in association with St Patrick’s Primary School, Mullinahoe, a large contingent of Sperrin Harriers took to the starting line for this event, with the club ably represented at all three distances.

Anticipation grows at the starting line

Half Marathon
The Harrier men and women excelled themselves on Sunday, and Pierce McCullagh was in dominant form amongst a highly competitive field in the half marathon, matching his outstanding win at Ardboe last year with a first place finish of 1:15:12, over one minute ahead of his nearest rival. Brian Taggart had another formidable run to cross the line in 1:20:04, with Brendan Gildernew finishing in 1:32:10, joined by Donal Teague in 1:33:02, Raymond Thom in 1:35:10, and Kevin Darragh in 1:35:18; a personal best by 16 seconds. Harrier Laura Mitchell continues to go from strength to strength, progress clearly evidenced by her finish as the second lady overall in a personal best time of 1:37:00, with Tanya Quinn accompanying her on the podium as the third female in 1:38:28. Brian Bradley also completed the course in 1:38:28, followed by Damien McCaffrey, who finished with a new PB of 1:38:36; Patsy Hughes (1:41:43); Gavin O’Hagan (1:47:48); John Canavan (1:49:46); Barry O’Neill (1:51:55); Ruairi Scullion (1:52:23); Tony O’Neill (1:52:36); James Hepburn (1:52:45), who had a momentous day on completing his first half marathon; Russell Bell (1:53:03); and Stephanie Henry, who bravely battled adversity in the final 5k of the race to finish in 2:06:58.

Pierce McCullagh (centre, with Martin McVey (left) and Eoin Hughes (right) of Acorns AC) who took first place for the second consecutive year at the Great Rossa Run Half Marathon event

Brian Taggart (left) and Pierce McCullagh (right)

Laura Mitchell (left) was the second lady overall, running here with Stephanie Henry (right)

Tanya Quinn was the third female overall, pictured with Brian Bradley (centre) and Brendan Gildernew (right)

Raymond Thom

Kevin Darragh


Patsy Hughes

Maureen Mallon


Damien McCaffrey

Russell Bell and Gavin O’Hagan


Barry O’Neill

Tony O’Neill

Paul McLaughlin has been regularly distinguishing himself with fine performances, and his 10k run at Ardboe was no exception as he placed first in the male 50 category with a time of 38:52. Fegal McElroy was the next Harrier to finish, crossing the line in 43:31, with Joanne Taggart the first Sperrin lady in 45:54. Richard Fox added to his collection of recent personal bests when he completed in 48:55; followed by Michael McCrory (49:35); Paula Ludlow (51:09); Ursula Browne (52:15); Maureen Mallon (58:38); and Joyce McMullan (58:47). A trio of personal bests finished the day, with Jacinta Morgan registering a new PB of 60:07; Stephen McWilliams (61:27) slicing 4 minutes off his previous best at the Great Rossa Run 10k; and Briege McCann achieving her own PB of 62:36.

Fegal McElroy

Joanne Taggart

Richard Fox

Ursula Browne

Michael McCrory, Jacinta Morgan and Briege McCann

In the 5k Roddy McIvor was the first Harrier home in 22:44, with Teresa McCrory completing the course in 36:40.

Roddy McIvor

Ressons-le-Long 10k
Located in the small town of Ressons-le-Long, situated in the Aisne department, Northern France, the Ressons-le-Long 10k took place on Sunday 9th.

Harriers Linda and Kevin Heenan completed this 10k course together in 67:28.

Kevin and Linda Heenan at the Ressons-le-Long 10k

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown
Paul McLaughlin was in fine form on Saturday, finishing 3rd out of a sizeable field of 105 in 19:04, and registering a new personal best by 5 seconds in the process. Fred Devlin completed in 19:37, with Mark Reid crossing the line in 19:59, and Jason O’Neill joining them in 20:39. Kay Devlin had a great run, scoring his second MUSA Parkrun PB in a row when he surpassed his previous best time by 13 seconds, to finish in 20:42. Patsy Hughes came home in 23:29, to be followed by Paula Glasgow, the second lady overall, in 23:46; Richard Fox (24:29); Barry Moore (26:32); Dearbhla Glackin (27:00); David Stewart (27:22); and Maureen Mallon (27:36).

City Park Parkrun, Craigavon
A total of 214 runners took part on Saturday, with Kieran Campbell finishing the Craigavon course in 23:39.

Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic Race Launch
Sperrin Harriers turned out in numbers for the launch of the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic on the evening of Tuesday 4th, at Loughry Campus, Cookstown. Ian Henry was in attendance, representing Henry Brother’s Magherafelt, the event’s generous main sponsor; while Margaret Campbell and Bernie Girvan took part on behalf of this year’s chosen charity, LiLAC Cancer Support, an important organisation committed to ensuring that people affected by cancer in the Mid Ulster area have access to high quality cancer support services.

The launch of Sperrin Harriers’ Stanley Reid 5 Mile Classic, with representatives of Henry Brother’s Magherafelt and LiLAC Cancer Support

Now in its 16th year the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic is to take place on Friday 4th August, from Loughry Campus, Cookstown, at 7.30 pm. It is dedicated to the memory of Stanley Reid, a fine runner in his own right who organised the first 5 mile classic in 2002. He was also instrumental in the formation of Cookstown Harriers, later to become Sperrin Harriers.

The course starts and finishes within the grounds of Loughry Campus, and covers the scenic country roads around Cookstown. It is an undulating but fast route, suitable for runners of all abilities, and also ideal for those with ambitions of a quick time. In addition, the course is measured and certified by Athletics NI, and the event will be chip timed.

Please note that a light weight technical running T-Shirt is available for the first 250 entries.

Registration is £11 for affiliated runners, and £13 for those who are unaffiliated. Places are available on the night and will be £13 for affiliated entrants, £15 for those who are unaffiliated. The minimum age for participants is 15.

Online registration for the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic is available at

For a more relaxed evening there is the ‘Family Mile Fun Run/Walk’. This event takes place at 6.45 pm within the confines of Loughry Campus, away from any traffic.

It is suitable for all the family, both young and old, and in keeping with the fun aspect no times or placings will be recorded. There is no age limit and all fun run finishers will receive a medal. Entry for this event is £5, and registration takes place on the night.

Changing facilities are available and there will be a post race buffet at the finish. Prizes are to be awarded for all categories.

Club Membership
Anyone interested in joining the Club / renewing membership please contact Registration Secretary Louise Kelly, or register online via the club’s website at

Adult membership is £30, and Junior membership is £15.

Registration is now overdue and should be completed as soon as possible.

Well done to all Sperrin Harriers who took part in races this past week, particularly those who achieved a personal best! Please assist the compilation of the weekly press report by e mailing your results to You can also enter your race results at Any member intending to participate in any upcoming race is asked to send details in advance to to ensure inclusion in the weekly report.

Upcoming Events
Mon 10th July – Ballyvea FC 10k Run, Stanley Park, Carrigenagh Road, Kilkeel, County Down. At 7pm

Tues 11th July – The Shore Killough 10k, Killough Community Centre, Killough, County Down. At 7.30pm

Fri 14th July – Sea 2 Sky, Newcastle, County Down. 10k and 5k at 7.30pm, 10k Walk at 6.30pm

Tues 18th July – Portaferry 10 Mile, Portaferry Leisure Centre, Portaferry, County Down. At 7.30pm

Sat 22nd July – Kennedy Kane McArthur Festival of Running, The Dark Hedges Half Marathon Community Centre, Knock Road, Dervock, County Antrim. At 10.45am

Sat 22nd July – Bryansford 5k, Bryansford GAC, Bryansford, County Down. At 12noon

Sat 22nd July – Acorns Blue Belles 5k, Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt, County Derry/Londonderry. At 12noon

Sun 23rd July – Galbally 5 Mile and 5K, Galbally, County Tyrone. At 11.30am

Sun 23rd July – Malin 5K and Malin Mile Fun Run for RNLI, Malin, County Donegal. 5K at 11.30, Malin Mile at 11.05am

Junior Running Camp
Sperrin Harriers junior running camp is a great way for boys and girls aged 12-18 years old to be introduced to the world of running. For those who are interested please contact the club via

Weekly Training
Run in a fun and friendly atmosphere: Weekly training takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm, Loughry Campus, Cookstown. Long run training for marathons, half marathons and 5-10 miles takes place every Sunday at 9:00am, leaving from the ASDA car park, Cookstown. Track training is also available to members every Thursday at the Gortgonis Track, Coalisland, at 6.30pm.

Please remember that your safety is our first priority and high-visibility clothing should now be worn at all times. NO HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING, NO TRAINING. All new members are welcome whatever your current running ability. Further information can be found on Facebook and at

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