Leading up to the start of the Sperrin Harriers Winter League this weekend the club ran at the Run Forest Run Minnowburn 5k & 10k, along with a variety of Parkruns, on Saturday 2nd, also attending the Decathlon Belfast 10k and Slieve Gullion G8:19 8M & 8k on Sunday 3rd.
Run Forest Run Minnowburn 5k & 10k
On Saturday a field of over 600 attended the Minnowburn 5k & 10k which took place at the wooded southern edge of Belfast, an event representing the start of this season’s Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run Winter Race Series. Both distances started and finished on the acclaimed Mary Peters Track, including forest trails and country roads which progressed through the National Trust property of Minnowburn and along the banks of the River Lagan.
Well done to Brian O’Donnell who tackled the difficult and mixed terrain of the 10k to finish in 47:37.
Decathlon Belfast 10k
The Decathlon Belfast 10k took place on Sunday, starting and finishing at the Decathlon sports shop on the outskirts of Belfast near Holywood. Almost 650 runners completed the single lap route which doubled back on itself as it drew close to Victoria Park.
Tanya Quinn led the Harriers home in 48:40, with Gergo Poloskei having a tremendous run to achieve a personal best of 49:24, while Stephanie Henry crossed the line in 54:33.
Slieve Gullion G8:19 8M & 8k
On Sunday Slieve Gullion Runners held their second annual G8 race, the G8:19 8M & 8k, which took place in the forest park located on the eastern slope of the Slieve Gullion Mountain in County Armagh. The day consisted of an 8M run and 8k run or walk, distances which followed forest trails and tarmac roads across the highly testing landscape. The chosen charity for this year was the Fight for Alfie Campaign.
Harrier David O’Brien braved the mountainous slopes to complete the 8k run in 57 minutes.
Saturday saw Sperrin Harriers in winning form as they turned out in numbers for the weekend’s Parkruns. Congratulations to Ryan Treanor who produced another impressive performance to finish ahead of the field in his inaugural outing at Craigavon, while Andrew Newell also excelled to be first across the line at Carrickfergus, his second win in as many races at the event and a course PB.
Ryan Treanor 18:06 (1st) (Course first timer)
Kieran Campbell 23:12
Andrew Newell 18:08 (1st) (Course PB)
Martin Donaghy 25:23
Catherine Farley 26:53
Jason O’Neill 20:58
Mark Reid 21:08
Peter Mitchell 21:39
Norman Fuller 21:48
Stephen Lynch 21:54
Richard Fox 22:23
Martin Kolbohm 22:49
Hannah Glasgow 23:12
Ellen Glasgow 23:34
Team Oliver 24:05
Joanne Corey 25:27
Stephanie Henry 25:57
Tanya Quinn 26:03 (Pacer)
Fiona Atkinson 26:38
Jarleth Loughran 27:29
Maureen Mallon 29:35
Carmel Fuller 32:33
Jacinta Morgan 35:05
Theresa O’Hare 40:15
Gillian Robinson 40:15
Sperrin Harriers Winter League 2019/20
On 9th November the Davagh Forest 10k marks the beginning of the 11th Sperrin Harriers Winter League, an event which 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 5 races comprising the Winter League are:
- Davagh Forest 10k, on 9th November 2019
- 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:
Our first event, the Davagh Forest 10k, starts at 12 noon, involving a scenic and testing trail route through the beautiful rolling landscape outside Cookstown. Many thanks to ‘Outsource’ who are sponsoring the race.
We look forward to seeing you there!