Sperrin Harriers put in outstanding performances on both Saturday and Sunday, a weekend where the club attended the Armagh City Festival of Running, the Storming the Castle 10k, the Lurgan Lakes & Lough 10M, and the Dungannon and Cookstown Parkruns.
Armagh City Festival of Running
The weekend saw the 4th Armagh City Festival of Running take place around the historic Cathedral City. It consisted of a full marathon, half marathon and 10k on Sunday, along with the exhausting ‘BACK2BACK’ event which involved two marathons over Saturday and Sunday.
Many congratulations to Harrier Brian Taggart who excelled yet again to take first place in the half marathon, while Deirdre Conway achieved the tremendous feat of completing back to back marathons.
Storming the Castle 10k
Celebrating its fifth year on Sunday the Storming the Castle 10k took place at Carrickfergus, on the north shore of Belfast Lough. It comprised a fast, flat course, starting at the Carrickfergus Amphitheatre, and followed a picturesque route before finishing at the 12th Century Norman Castle near Carrickfergus Town centre. In addition the event was part of the fourth Novosco 10k Grand Prix Series.
Harrier Andrew Newell had a fine race, surmounting stiff competition and high temperatures to take 8th out of a field of 872, crossing the line in 36:53.
Lurgan Lakes & Lough 10M and 5k
Taking place on Sunday the Lurgan Lakes & Lough 10M and 5k, hosted by St Peter’s AC Lurgan, was a scenic, multi terrain, and challenging run on the paths and trails of the Oxford Island nature reserve. The course also progressed around the lakes of Craigavon, and finished on the southern shores of Lough Neagh. It was an event held in support of the Mandeville unit in Craigavon Hospital.
Very well done to the Harrier men who braved the testing 10M course and oppressive heat, namely Richard Fox (1:20:50), Steven Dornan (1:28:23), Kevin Heenan (1:34:59), and Martin Donaghy (1:42:11).
Sperrin Harriers had great success at both the Dungannon and Cookstown Parkruns on Saturday, taking top three places in both. At Dungannon, and in a hotly contested race, Andrew Newell emerged the worthy winner, with Ryan Treanor successfully fighting for third overall. Not to be outdone Laura Treanor also distinguished herself, placing as the first lady overall. Congratulations go to Kevin Heenan who registered a new course PB.
At Cookstown Fred Devlin took third place overall, with twins Hannah and Ellen Glasgow continuing to impress on finishing as second and third ladies respectively. Very well done to Peter Mitchell who slashed 30 seconds from his previous fastest time to achieve a new PB.
Andrew Newell 18:45 (1st)
Ryan Treanor 19:10 (3rd)
Laura Treanor 21:58 (1st Lady)
Kevin Heenan 25:59 (PB)
MUSA (Cookstown) Parkrun:
Fred Devlin 18:23 (3rd)
Paul O’Gara 20:14
Steven Fearon 20:28
Damien Coey 20:30
Brian O’Donnell 20:56
Peter Mitchell 21:26 (PB)
Damien McCaffrey 21:27
Richard Fox 22:03
Jason O’Neill 22:08
Patsy Hughes 22:18
Martin Kolbohm 22:42
Hannah Glasgow 23:39 (2nd Lady)
Shane Curtis 23:43
Ellen Glasgow 23:54 (3rd Lady)
Norman Fuller 23:56
Stephen Lynch 24:48
Barry O’Neill 24:58
Ellie Robinson 25:28
Bernie Sonner 34:03