Steede and Alexander Victors in First Race of Winter League at Davagh Forest

There was an amazing turn out for the first round of the 2016/17 Winter League at Davagh Forest on Saturday 10th December 2016, with 183 entries made up of runners from over thirty running clubs and numerous unaffiliated runners. The numbers entered represented an increase on last year’s entry numbers, which is testament to the scenic venues and great atmosphere provided by the series.

In perfect weather conditions the athletes left the Trail Head Car Park and made their way around the 3K Green Trail before returning to the car park and then heading out on the longer 7K Blue Trail. Jonny Steede of Glens Runners impressed from the off, building up an unassailable lead to win in a time of 35:01. Acorns AC athlete Eoin Hughes tracked Steede around the testing 10K course but was unable to surpass the eventual victor and finished in 35:52 to take second place. Third place went to local athlete Michael Crawley (City of Derry) who crossed the line in a time of 36:16.

In the ladies local athlete Karen Alexander (Acorns AC) was the clear winner in the ladies competition when she completed the scenic course in 39:58. Second placed lady was Ciara Toner of Springwell Running Club, who finished in 44:11 and running stalwart Anne Paul (City of Derry) was third lady crossing the line less than a minute later in 45:02.

Thank you to all those who supported the event and particular thanks goes to those who helped stage the enjoyable event. We look forward to seeing you in the new year at the next race, the Lough Fea 5K on 7th January 2017. The full set of results can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

Davagh 10K Results
Pre Registration Form, Results, Rules & Scoring, etc are on the Winter League Series page.  Winter League 2016/17

Race Details

The first race in the Winter League will once again be the 10K on the Forest Trails at Davagh Forest on 10th December 2016 at 12 noon. Click on the links below for further details.
For anyone using a GPS the Postcode is BT79 8JH. If you are using a GPS check that it is bringing you to the Davagh Road entrance. (and NOT the Bells Quarry entrance which is on the Lough Fea side of Davagh Forest)

Course Route Guide

Directions to Davagh Forest – by Car

If you are using GPS the Postcode is: BT79 8JH. If you are using GPS check that it is bringing you to the Davagh Road entrance (and NOT the Bells Quarry entrance which is on the Lough Fea side of Davagh Forest)

If travelling from Cookstown or Omagh, Davagh Forest is signposted off the A505 Cookstown to Omagh Road at Dunnamore.

Directions from Cookstown


If travelling from Draperstown, take the B47 through the village of Straw before bearing left on the Sixtowns Road. Turn left on the Davagh Road signed East Sperrins Scenic Route and after 3 miles the trailhead will be on your left hand side.

Directions from Draperstown



Davagh Forest 10K 2015 Results Davagh 10K 2014 Results