Chip timing system in operation. We will cease taking entries at 7:15pm sharp (registration opens at 5.30pm).
We recommend that you use or online entry system to guarantee your place. Please follow the link below
Race entry is £11.00 affiliated and £13.00 un- affiliated. The first 250 entries will receive Light Weight Technical Running T-Shir
This race is suitable for all abilities; if you have just started running, as many have recently, this is an opportunity for you to test yourself over a classic road race distance or you can simply run the distance at your ease and have some fun with family and friends;- if you are a seasoned runner then you probably already know that this is a race not to be missed, with the course being undulating but fast and therefore a quick time is guaranteed to anyone taking part. Many a PB has been set here.
The course starts and finishes within the grounds of the campus with the majority of it out on the open quite country roads around Cookstown.
Family Mile Fun Run
Just like last year there will be a Family mile Fun Run / Walk beginning at 6.45pm with registrations being taken from 5.30pm. The Family Mile is suitable for all the family both young and old making the event a prefect family evening outing and in keeping with fun element no times or placings will be recorded. The Fun Run / Walk takes place within the confines of Loughry Campus with no traffic on the course. Entry to the Fun Run / Walk is £5.00 per person with no age restrictions.
Following both races there will be our now famous post race buffet and the presentation of prizes. Please do not rush off home as there are prizes in all age categories and just because you may not have finished in the top 3 doesn’t mean you’re not a winner.
The male course record is held by Paul Rowan who ran a time of 24:16 in August 2002. Jill Shannon holds the female course record running a time of 27:30
About Stanley Reid
Stanley Reid took up running in 1995 at the age of 60. In 1998 along with other keen runners from the local area he formed a club based at Loughry College, who were known as the Cookstown Harriers (later to be reformed as Sperrin Harriers). Stanley picked the club strip which was a bright yellow vest and shorts with red and blue down the sides. Over the years the clubs membership grew and they were seen running all over Northern Ireland and further afield. The club soon earned the nickname “The Canaries” due to their bright running strip.
Although late to the sport of running Stanley was a natural. He completed the Belfast and Dublin marathon within his first year of running and was to become a regular at the Belfast marathon as well as completing the Boston Marathon. He regularly attended the Cross Country races and had the great honour of representing Northern Ireland in the Masters Cross Country on several occasions. He was a great man for fundraising and was given an award by Cookstown District Council in recognition of his efforts. In 2004 Stanley suffered a stroke which unfortunately cut short his running career. He was still very much interested in the running club and would always look out for the results in the local papers.
In 2002 the club decided to hold a 5 mile race in Loughry Campus with Stanley the driving force behind it. The race was a great success and has since become a permanent fixture on the Athletics Calendar. Stanley sadly passed away on 14th October 2012. He was gentleman and a real inspiration to the running fraternity and is deeply missed by everyone who knew him. Sperrin Harriers feel it only fitting to rename the race in honour of the man who not only organised the inaugural race but help establish our running club.