Harrier Success at Fergal’s 10 Miler

On Saturday Sperrin Harriers turned out in numbers for Fergal’s 10 Miler, also taking podium places at the Dungannon and Cookstown Parkruns.

Fergal’s 10 Miler

Fergal’s 10 Miler was held on Saturday 19th, located in the starkly beautiful countryside of the Davagh Forest region outside Cookstown. Always a much anticipated date in the running calendar, this annual event is of particular significance as it celebrates the life and memory of Acorns AC athlete Fergal Mulgrew. The course, which was quite different to that followed in previous years, started and finished at Broughderg Community Centre, and covered six miles of winding roads leading to and from Davagh, along with a four mile trail route through the forest itself. Over 220 runners braved the challenging terrain, with contributions going to this year’s chosen charity, S.T.E.P.S. Mental Health.

Well done to everyone who took part, with the strong turnout of Sperrin Harriers headed by Paul McLaughlin who placed second in the M50 category, followed by Raymond Thom, while Cheryl Cardwell led the club’s ladies to take first F45. Many congratulations also go to Norman Fuller who was second M55, and Bernie Sonner who took first F65. It was also a memorable day for Martin Kolbohm who registered a tremendous personal best of 1:21:24, slicing 1 min 20 secs from his previous fastest time.

Paul McLaughlin 1:07:49 (2nd M50)

Raymond Thom 1:14:40

Cheryl Cardwell 1:16:57 (1st F45)

Richard Fox 1:17:05

Dean Corey 1:17:55

Norman Fuller 1:18:06 (2nd M55)

Kevin McCullagh 1:18:12

Patsy Hughes 1:18:13

Damien Coey 1:19:30

Tony O’Neill 1:19:53

Steven Dornan 1:20:15

James Hepburn 1:20:45

Jason O’Neill 1:21:12

Martin Kolbohm 1:21:24 (PB)

Doc Martin 1:21:36

Tanya Quinn 1:21:38

Peter Mitchell 1:26:01

Martin Donaghy 1:26:22

Grainne O’Hagan 1:26:51

Gavin O’Hagan 1:26:51

Joanne Fingleton 1:29:14

Malcolm McCullough 1:30:25

Fiona Atkinson 1:40:08

Bernie Sonner 2:10:18 (1st F65)

Sperrin Harriers extend their heartfelt thanks to the Mulgrew family, and Acorns AC, for providing such tremendous hospitality on a day which remembered Fergal and the invaluable impact he had on all who knew him.

Parkruns

Saturday held double significance for Harrier Andrew Newell who celebrated his 50th Parkrun by taking first place at Dungannon, while Kevin Heenan also had cause to celebrate as he achieved a new course PB. At MUSA Fred Devlin distinguished himself on finishing second in a closely contested race.

Dungannon Park:

Andrew Newell 18:32 1st Place

Kevin Heenan 25:23 (Course PB)

MUSA, Cookstown:

Fred Devlin 18:04 2nd Place

Ryan Treanor 18:25

Mark Reid 19:50

Damien McCaffrey 21:23

Stephen Lynch 22:23

Gillian Robinson 24:55

Ellen Glasgow 24:57

Hannah Glasgow 24:59

Brian Taggart 25:31 (accompanied his son)

Theresa O’Hare 41:05

Citypark, Craigavon

Kieran Campbell 22:39

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 or £9 unaffiliated. Tea, coffee and refreshments are served to everyone taking part.

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!