The 11th Sperrin Harriers Winter League began with the Davagh 10k on Saturday 9th, a date during which the club also attended the Drumconrath NS 5k & 10k and a variety of Parkruns.
Winter League Davagh 10k
The Sperrin Harriers Winter League 2019/20 commenced on Saturday with the Davagh 10k. Located in the testing landscape of Davagh Forest, close to Cookstown, County Tyrone, over 140 runners were in attendance from across the province. Those who took part were faced with distinctly wintry conditions, wet, windy, and cold, though for all that the forest remained an arresting backdrop.
Battling the elements Scott Rankin (Foyle Valley AC) (35:36) and Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) (35:45) maintained a commanding lead over the rest of the field to finish first and second respectively, with Seamus Bradley rounding off the top three in 38:10. He was pursued by two of the host’s runners, Andrew Newell (Sperrin Harriers) in fourth (38:47), with Connor Martin (Sperrin Harriers) a fraction behind to take fifth (38:49).
Amongst the ladies Catherine Roberts (North Down AC) achieved a convincing win in 48:34, with Ciara Ryan (Derrytresk Runners) second in 50:03, and Alice Bradley third in 50:21. Jane Talbot (Ballymena & Antrim Athletics Club) was fourth soon afterwards in 50:30, with Adele Tomb (Springwell Running Club) finishing fifth in 51:11.
A formidable turnout of Sperrin Harriers faced the challenging course and weather, led by Andrew Newell who registered a 2nd place in the Male 19-29 league standings along with finishing 4th in the race, Connor Martin taking third Male 30-39 and 5th overall. Luke O’Neill was 4th Male 19-29 and Doc Martin 2nd Male 60, with many congratulations going to Deirdre Devlin who marked her first outing as a Sperrin Harrier by finishing 4th Female 40-49. Anne Murphy was 2nd Female 19-29, while Hannah and Ellen Glasgow both distinguished themselves to take 1st and 2nd Female Junior 15-18 respectively, with Joanne Fingleton 5th Female 30-39. Shane Curtis also had a highly successful day on slicing 2 minutes from his course PB for the event, especially impressive given the adverse conditions.
- Andrew Newell 38:47 (4th Overall) (2nd Male 19-29)
- Connor Martin 38:49 (5th Overall) (3rd Male 30-39)
- Luke O’Neill 45:10 (4th Male 19-29)
- Steven Fearon 45:20
- Raymond Thom 46:55
- Damien McCaffrey 47:41
- Jarleth Loughran 47:54
- Paul Fearon 48:13
- Doc Martin 48:39 (2nd Male 60)
- Shane Curtis 49:03 (Course PB)
- Kevin McCullagh 49:02
- Norman Fuller 49:09
- James Hepburn 49:28
- Peter Mitchell 50:08
- Richard Fox 50:18
- Toirleach Gourley 50:36
- Steven Dornan 50:37
- Stephen Lynch 51:10
- Deirdre Devlin 51:51 (4th Female 40-49)
- Malcolm McCullough 52:25
- Anne Murphy 53:14 (2nd Female 19-29)
- Hannah Glasgow 53:42 (1st Female Junior 15-18)
- Tanya Quinn 55:03
- Ellen Glasgow 55:30 (2nd Female Junior 15-18)
- Nicola Gillespie 56:48
- Kevin Heenan 57:14
- Joanne Fingleton 58:36 (5th Female 30-39)
- Jane Thom 59:14
- Damien Atkinson 61:44
Sperrin Harriers would like to thank the many athletes, and their supporters, who attended our event, and also show appreciation for the individuals and teams who worked tirelessly in the background to manage proceedings, including race organisation; course preparation; provision of chip timing; medical cover; marshalling; tail running; registration; hospitality and catering; photography; and post race clean up. The club also thanks ‘Outsource’ for sponsoring the race.
We hope to see you all again for the second event in the series, the Lough Fea 5k on 14th December.
Drumconrath NS 5k & 10k
On Saturday the Drumconrath NS 5k & 10k (including a 1k children’s run) took place in and around the village of Drumconrath, County Meath. Organised by Drumconrath NS, proceeds went towards fundraising for the school.
Braving a tough course amid cold and windy conditions David O’Brien completed the 5k in 28:59, finishing second in his age category.
Saturday saw Sperrin Harriers run at a selection of Parkruns, Ryan Treanor placing second out of 246 in a highly competitive race at Craigavon, while Karen Devlin also enjoyed a great result on crossing the line as 3rd lady at Cookstown.
Ryan Treanor 18:08 (2nd Overall)
Karen Devlin 22:56 (3rd Lady)
Michael McCrory 24:16
Dearbhla Glackin 25:06
Barry O’Neill 25:31
Gerard Jones 22:22
Russell Bell 24:02
Catherine Farley 24:55
Martin Donaghy 24:59
Sperrin Harriers Winter League 2019/20
The Sperrin Harriers Winter League continues with the Lough Fea 5k on Saturday 14th December at 12 noon, an event located in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains which follows a course that circles the striking lake.
The Winter League has grown into one of Northern Ireland’s best loved set of trail races, attracting all types of runners from beginners to top athletes. Its popularity is testament to the picturesque venues, great atmosphere, and warm welcome that make the League so unique.
The 4 remaining League races are:
- Lough Fea 5k, on 14th December 2019
- An Creagan 5M, on 11th January 2020
- Drum Manor 10k, on 1st February 2020
- Parkanaur Forest 10M, on 15th February 2020
All races are chip timed and entry is £7 affiliated, £9 unaffiliated. Tea, coffee and refreshments are served to everyone taking part.
It is possible to pre-register on the club’s website:
We look forward to seeing you at Lough Fea!