On 11th November the Davagh Forest 10K marks the beginning of the ninth Sperrin Harriers Winter Series, an event which has grown into one of Northern Ireland’s best loved set of trail races, attracting all types of runners from the beginner to top athletes. Its popularity is testament to the scenic venues, great atmosphere, and warm welcome that make the Series so unique.
Last year’s Winter Series was the most successful to date, attracting almost 900 entries, with well over 400 individual athletes taking part in one or more of the five races. Runners from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland took part, with the Lough Fea 5K showing particular growth, experiencing more than a 40% increase in attendance. The Series drew a significant number of high profile athletes, making for strong competition in what is now considered to be one of the premier fixtures in the winter running calendar.
The variety of races remains the same as last year, with a 5k, two 10k courses in two different venues, a 5 mile, and a 10 mile run; and the last four events have been arranged to ensure the distances gradually increase to assist training for the 2018 season.
The 5 events comprising the Winter Series are:Davagh Forest 10K, on 11th November 2017 >> Lough Fea 5K, on 2nd December 2017 >> An Creagan 5M, on 13th January 2018 >> Drum Manor 10K, on 27th January 2018 >> Parkanaur Forest 10M, on 10th February 2018 >> Pre-Register >>
Prizes will be given to the top five men and women in each individual race as the series progresses, and will not be based on a persistent points system as was the case in the past.
Entry to each race is £6 affiliated and £8 unaffiliated, with tea, coffee and refreshments served to all runners taking part.
Registration will open prior to each event from 11am, with all races starting at 12 noon. It will be possible to register from 10.30am for the first race at Davagh Forest on 11th November.
Please pre-register on line prior to the event. Runners are required to complete the registration form once. Your details will be retained for all of the races in the 2017/2018 series
We look forward to seeing you!