A Busy Weekend For Sperrin Harriers

In an eventful and successful weekend the club attended a variety of events, including the Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships and various Parkruns.

Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships 2022

The Ulster Schools Track and Field Championships 2022 took place at the Antrim Forum on Friday and Saturday, providing an opportunity for young athletes of a range of ages to compete in a wide variety of events.

On Saturday the Championships enjoyed a full stadium and fine weather conditions, which provided an excellent atmosphere for the participants, with medals presented by high profile dignitaries from the athletics world, including the iconic Lady Mary Peters. Many congratulations go to Harrier AlannaRose Farley who shone on the day, achieving a tremendous Personal Best time of 5:29 in the Intermediate Girls 1500m.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

Saturday celebrated the ninth year of the highly popular MUSA Parkrun, and in a day also made special by some very fast times Harrier Andrew Newell placed second amongst a field of 104 with his highly impressive sub 17 performance of 16:38. Mark Reid followed with a swift run of his own, crossing the line in 19:18, to be followed by Steven Dornan (21:07); Paula McMenemy and Damien Kelly in 22:26; Martin Kolbohm (23:21) and Tanya Quinn (23:33). Damien Atkinson finished in 23:46, Barry O’Neill in 27:01, while Junior Harrier Amelia Corey recorded a fabulous Personal Best of 33:38, and Theresa O’Hare completed the day in 54:05.

Harrier Bernie Sonner also achieved a milestone at the event, it marking the 50th occasion she has volunteered at the MUSA Parkrun. Very well done to her, and indeed to all those who volunteer and make Parkruns as a whole possible.

Antrim Parkrun

Mark Gibson distinguished himself once again on Saturday, placing 2nd out of 244 with a Course Personal Best of 17:42.

Dungannon Park Parkrun

Saturday saw a turnout of 75 Parkrunners at Dungannon, including Harriers Rachel Hughes and Patsy Hughes who crossed the line in 23:03 and 24:20 respectively.

Citypark Parkrun, Craigavon

Kieran Campbell joined the 221 Parkrunners at Craigavon, completing the single lap course around the lakes in 23:27.

Superstars Cafe Cookstown

During the week Sperrin Harriers ‘Stunnerz in Runnerz’ Race Director Tanya Quinn visited the team at Superstars Cafe Cookstown, a tremendous organisation that provides help and opportunities for people with learning difficulties, and which is the chosen charity for the club’s Stunnerz in Runnerz event. The occasion also provided a chance to display the specially designed running vests which are available to the first 200 entries. Stunnerz and Runnerz takes place in the Drum Manor estate at 12 noon on Saturday, 11th June.

Sperrin Harriers thank Superstars Cafe Cookstown for their gracious hospitality, and more information on the important support they provide to the local community can be found at www.superstarsclub.org.uk

Stunnerz in Runnerz

After a Covid enforced break Sperrin Harriers is excited to announce that our ladies only Stunnerz in Runnerz is back.

The event takes place on Saturday 11th June at 12 noon, and covers a chip timed 5k at the scenic Drum Manor Forest Park, outside Cookstown. The day will include a dance warm up at the beginning, with an ice cream van on site for essential refreshment afterwards.

Walk, Jog, Race, You Set the Pace.

We would like to thank our main sponsor Steelweld Cookstown.

Our chosen charity this year is the locally based Superstars Cafe Cookstown, which provides life enhancing opportunities for people with learning difficulties.

Registration is online only, with no on the day entries, and is £13 affiliated or £15 un-affiliated.

Due to high demand race entries have now been capped, and once filled we will close our online registration. Unfortunately there will be no chance to register on the day.

The first 200 entries will receive a specially designed running vest top.