Harrier Success at the DUNE

On Sunday Sperrin Harriers took to the podium at the DUNE Half Marathon, along with running the Craigavon Lakes 3 Quarter Marathon as part of their training. The club also enjoyed top positions at the MUSA Parkrun.

DUNE Half Marathon

A field of over 450 attended the DUNE Half Marathon on Sunday, an event included in the Pure Running 2019 Half Marathon Series. The course was somewhat altered from last year’s route but still crossed the border between Northern and Southern Ireland, beginning in Newry and concluding in Dundalk.

Harrier Joanne Taggart produced another very impressive performance, taking 2nd female amongst tenacious competition in 1:34:44.

Craigavon Lakes 3 Quarter Marathon

On Sunday the Craigavon Lakes 3 Quarter Marathon took place in Craigavon’s Citypark, consisting of slightly over six laps of the course followed by the local Parkrun. The event included pacers, and was very much geared towards assisting runners in their full marathon preparations.

Taking part on the day were Harriers Richard Fox, who completed in 2:45.13; Tanya Quinn and Doc Martin, who both finished in 2:46.42; Nicola Gillespie (2:55.43); Fiona Atkinson (3:10.13); Kevin Heenan (3:14.01); and Steven Dornan.

The Holywell 3k and Albertville 5k

The first Holywell 3k took place in Antrim on Saturday 28th, organised by Northern Health and Social Care Trust; and the Albertville Harriers celebrated their 100th year by hosting the Albertville 5k on Sunday 29th in Belfast.

Congratulations to David O’Brien who returned from injury to run at both events.


On Saturday Sperrin Harriers took top spots yet again at the MUSA Parkrun, Ryan Treanor following on from last week’s first place with another winning performance at the weekend, achieving a new personal best into the bargain. Brendan Gildernew also continued his fine form, securing yet another top three finish at Cookstown.

MUSA, Cookstown:

Ryan Treanor 17:33 (1st Place) (PB)

Brendan Gildernew 18:38 (3rd Place)

Robert Johnston 20:55

Damien McCaffrey 21:00

Damien Coey 21:45

Paul O’Gara 21:59

Patsy Hughes 22:17

Richard Fox 22:53

Martin Kolbohm 23:17

Hannah Glasgow 23:21

Ellen Glasgow 23:38

Ellie Robinson 24:19

Norman Fuller 25:24

Barry O’Neill 25:27

Gillian Robinson 27:19

Dungannon Park:

Malcolm McCullough 24:51

Martin Donaghy 25:09

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

Entry to each race is £7 affiliated and £9 unaffiliated, with tea, coffee and refreshments served to all runners taking part.

Our first event, the Davagh Forest 10k, starts at 12 noon, and involves a chip timed, 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!