Harrier Success At A Variety Of Distances

Sperrin Harriers took part in events ranging from 1 to 13.1 miles during the week, attending the Keep ‘Er ‘Lit Junior Track Meet, Strabane Lifford Half Marathon, and various Parkruns, with many club members in winning form.

Keep ‘Er ‘Lit Junior Track Meet

On Saturday the Keep ‘Er Lit running club held a track meet at the Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt. Designed as an introduction to athletics for its young participants, the event accommodated a range of ages with distances of 1000m up to 1 mile.

Harrier AlannaRose Farley produced a highly impressive performance in the U17/Senior Mixed 1 Mile, achieving a great sub 6 minute mile time of 5:58.

Indeed, this followed another outstanding outing earlier in the month, on Friday 6th May at the Antrim Forum Sports Complex, where she placed second in the 1500 metres at the Ulster Schools District E Track and Field Championships with a tremendous time of 5:37. This achievement in turn entitles her to run in the Ulster Schools Athletics Final on Saturday 21st May at the Antrim Forum.

Strabane Lifford Half Marathon

The 7th Strabane Lifford Half Marathon took place on Sunday, a cross border event organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council in conjunction with Lifford Strabane AC, and which attracted a field of 865.

Paul McLaughlin led the Harrier contingent home in fine style, crossing the line in 1:27:07. Vincent Hollywood completed in 1:35:17, to be joined by Richard Fox in 1:45:00 and Gavin O’Hagan in 1:48:46. Leigh Stirrup had a great run to register a personal best of 1:51:24, with Grainne O’Hagan and Kieran McHugh ending the day in 2:03:53 and 2:22:19 respectively.

Very well done to you all.

Garvagh Forest Parkrun

Theresa O’Hare attended the Garvagh Forest course for the first time on Saturday, crossing the line in 56:18.

Antrim Parkrun

Out of 210 Parkrunners Mark Gibson placed in the top five at Antrim, finishing in a very swift 18:12.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

In a fast and highly competitive field at the MUSA Parkrun, Adrian Devlin led the way to take first overall out of 58 with a very impressive sub 17 minute personal best of 16:59. Both Paula McMenemy and Tanya Quinn were amongst the top five women on the day with times of 22:56 and 23:32 respectively, to be followed by Damien Kelly (23:52); Damien Atkinson (24:36); Barry O’Neill (27:13); and Junior Harrier Amelia Corey with a great time of 47:53.

Dungannon Park Parkrun

Andrew Newell registered yet another decisive win at Dungannon, completing the course in 18:28. He was followed by Malcolm McCullough in 21:29, with Rachel Hughes also adding to her own tally of top finishes at Dungannon Park on taking first lady in 22:36. Terry Hughes and Martin Donaghy came home in 25:30 and 27:47 respectively.

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 12noon, 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.

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

The link for entry can be found at www.sperrinharriers.co.uk/road-races/stunnerz/

c/o Sperrin Harriers