Fine Day at the Stanley Reid 5M

Sperrin Harriers held their Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic on Friday 2nd August, where both the Harrier men and women ably distinguished themselves. In addition members attended the Dervock Dark Hedges Half Marathon, Run for Fionntán 10k and 5km, and a variety of Parkruns over the weekend. Harriers also took part in two triathlons, Saturday’s Tri the Lough Triathlon, and the previous week’s Tri Tyrone Middle Distance Triathlon.

Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic

On Friday 2nd August, a day which saw almost 400 turn out for the main event and family fun run, the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic took place on the undulating roads around and within the Loughry Campus in Cookstown. This marked its 18th year, and the talented field of 298 competitors were greeted by especially warm and dry conditions.

The event, named after Stanley Reid who was pivotal in the foundation of the Sperrin Harriers, was held in conjunction with our generous main sponsor, Henry Brother’s Magherafelt, and this year’s chosen charity, the Mid Ulster Motor Neurone Disease Association.

A high quality race saw Gideon Kimosop (1Zero1) finish first overall, with Grace Carson (Mid Ulster AC) the first lady across the line, in 26:33 and 28:45 respectively. Well done to the runners up Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) and Pauline McGurren, who completed in 26:53 and 31:36; and to third placed Colin Heron (Keep ‘er Lit) and Aisling Murray (Carmen Runners), in 27:14 and 31:51.

A tremendous turnout of 45 Sperrin Harriers ran on the day, with many members winning awards. Connor Martin (28:47) was 2nd in the Male 35 category; Paul McLaughlin (31:26) 2nd Male 50; Doc Martin (35:43) 2nd Male 60; Karen Devlin (38:17) 1st Female 45, with a PB to boot; Patricia Boyle (39:47) 2nd Female 45; and both Ellen Glasgow (2nd Female Junior) and Hannah Glasgow (3rd Female Junior) achieved a great PB of 39:51. PBs were also registered by Robert Newell (34:04), Richard Fox (34:35), Gergo Poloskei (39:46), Ellie Robinson (42:02) and Damien Atkinson (42:42). Very well done to you all!

Congratulations to Harriers Connor Martin, Andrew Newell, and Brendan Gildernew who placed first in the Men’s team competition; and to Laura Treanor, Karen Devlin and Tanya Quinn who finished as the second Ladies’ team overall.

The full Harrier results are as follows:

Connor Martin 28:47 (2nd M35)

Andrew Newell 29:28

Brendan Gildernew 30:09

Paul McLaughlin 31:26 (2nd M50)

Robert Newell 34:04 PB

Luke O’Neill 34:16

Paul O’Gara 34:28

Richard Fox 34:35 PB

Gerard Jones 35:31

Doc Martin 35:43 (2nd M60)

Declan Morrison 35:45

Laura Treanor 35:50

Damien Coey 35:52

Damien McCaffrey 35:58

Fergal McElroy 36:18

Raymond Thom 36:30

Paul Fearon 36:32

Steven Fearon 36:32

Steven Dornan 36:40

Toirleach Gourley 37:24

Eoin Loughran 37:30

Kevin McCullagh 37:31

Peter Mitchell 38:13

Karen Devlin 38:17 PB (1st F45)

Malcolm McCullough 38:38

Tanya Quinn 38:43

Martin Kolbohm 38:56

Shane Curtis 39:28

Gergo Poloskei 39:46 PB

Patricia Boyle 39:47 (2nd F45)

Ellen Glasgow 39:51 PB (2nd Female Junior)

Hannah Glasgow 39:51 PB (3rd Female Junior)

Martin Donaghy 41:00

Ellie Robinson 42:02 PB

Jane Thom 42:23

Damien Atkinson 42:42 PB

Joanne Corey 42:42

Louise Kelly 42:56

Stephen Lynch 43:28

Dearbhla Glackin 44:12

Stephanie Henry 44:12

Thomas Hegarty 44:24

Joe Curry 44:27

Lisa Fitzpatrick 45:22

Kevin Heenan 1:12:08 (Tail Walker)

The ‘Family Mile Fun Run/Walk’ was also an important part of Friday’s activities, with runners of all ages taking to the course that wound through Loughry Campus.

The Club’s gratitude goes to the many individuals and organisations who made the event possible, including Loughry College for providing a wonderful venue, to Oliver McCullagh for organising timing and the finish line, and to Michelle Coey for her fabulous photographs.

Thank you to Mark Reid, along with Kay Devlin, and all who assisted in the marshalling and organisation of the race, and to Bernie Sonner and her team for providing a wonderful spread of food.

Finally, thank you to all who ran in Friday’s events, both the 5M and Family Fun Run. We hope to see you again next year!

Tri the Lough Triathlon

The Tri the Lough Triathlon took place at Loughmacrory on Saturday 3rd, in County Tyrone. Held by the Omagh Triathlon Club it consisted of a 300m swim, 10km bike, and 3km run.

Very well done to Harrier Kieran McHugh for completing his first triathlon, and also for his success in raising money for the Charis charity in the process.

Dervock Dark Hedges Half Marathon

On Saturday 3rd the Dervock Dark Hedges Half Marathon, organised by Springwell Running Club, followed an undulating and famously picturesque route through the rolling Antrim countryside. Well done to Harriers Norman Fuller (1:55:27), Jane Thom (2:05:38) and Claire Fuller (2:17:58) who all bested the testing course.

Run for Fionntán 10k and 5km

Sunday 4th saw the Run for Fionntán event take place in Ballymaguigan, close to the shores of Lough Neagh and the town of Magherafelt, held to raise money for a young member of St Comgalls GAC.

There was solid representation from Sperrin Harriers, many of whom had already raced at the weekend.


Toirleach Gourley 47:33

Jarlath Loughran 47:42

Damien Coey 48:20

Kevin McCullagh 48:51


Raymond Thom. 21:52

Paula Glasgow. 23:40

Karen Devlin 23:54

Hannah Glasgow 24:30

Russell Bell 24:54

Ellen Glasgow 24:55

Ellie Robinson 26:31

Gillian Robinson 27:05

Kieran McHugh 29:22

Bernie Sonner 34:52

Well done to Karen McGuigan and Fiona Atkinson who ran with their sons in the family fun run.

Tri Tyrone Middle Distance Triathlon

The highly regarded Tri Tyrone Middle Distance Triathlon took place on Saturday 27th at Eskragh Lough, Dungannon. Now part of the Triathlon Ireland BMW National Series, the event was hosted by the Tri Limits Triathlon Club.

On a day consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle, concluding with a half marathon run, Harrier Cheryl Cardwell performed brilliantly, battling tenacious competition to place as 9th female overall and 2nd in her age category, with a 37 min swim, 2h 54m cycle, and 1h 53m run.


Harriers attended a wide variety of Parkruns at the weekend, with Joanne Taggart placing second overall and first lady at Sligo, while Nicola Gillespie took second lady at Limavady. Many congratulations also go to Bernie Sonner for celebrating her 50th Parkrun at Cookstown. Well done to you all!

Musa (Cookstown) Parkrun:

Luke O’Neill 20:17

Steven Fearon 20:35

Richard Fox 20:55

Team Oliver 22:03

Martin Kolbohm 23:32

Tanya Quinn 24:25

Stephen Lynch 25:49

Barry O’Neill 26:26

Stephanie Henry 26:55

Joanne Corey 27:31

Paul Fearon 28:15

Maureen Mallon 30:23

Bernie Sonner 33:36 (50th Parkrun)

Linda Heenan 34:21

Kevin Heenan 34:22

Dungannon Parkrun:

Patsy Hughes 23:05

Laura Treanor 23:31

Martin Donaghy 25:43

Rostrevor Parkrun:

James Hepburn 22:39

Sligo Parkrun:

Joanne Taggart 20:36 (2nd overall, 1st lady)

Limavady Parkrun:

Nicola Gillespie 24:25 (2nd lady)

Dundalk Parkrun:

Theresa O’Hare 39:22