Harrier Success at the Weekend

Over the weekend Sperrin Harriers took to the winners podium at the Get to Muck 5k on Sunday and at a variety of Parkruns on Saturday. In addition, and following on from the previous week, the club had attended the EAMS 100th Marathon Celebration (Saturday 7th) and Marathon Club Ireland Dundalk Marathon (Sunday 8th) at which a Harrier lady achieved back to back marathons.

EAMS 100th Marathon Celebration

The ‘EAMS 100th Marathon Celebration’ on Saturday 7th was both the 100th marathon of the East Antrim Marathon Series, and also recognition of that impressive landmark. It took place on the challenging Station Road route, consisting of four laps of the Monkstown Woods, a nature reserve located in a busy urban area in Newtownabbey, County Antrim. For Harrier Deirdre Conway the event was all the more remarkable as it represented the first of two marathons she was to complete at the weekend.

Marathon Club Ireland Dundalk Half & Full Marathon

The Dundalk Half & Full Marathon took place on Sunday 8th in the heavily wooded countryside of Ravensdale, located in the foothills of the Cooley Mountains to the north of Dundalk, County Louth. The event was in part held to promote awareness of the life threatening condition called Sepsis, with runners encouraged to wear pink as a mark of their support.

Outstanding in and of itself, Deirdre’s second marathon of the weekend also meant she had achieved two back to back marathons in the space of 14 days, a doubly extraordinary feat of endurance.

Get to Muck 5k

Sunday’s 4th annual Get to Muck 5k took place at the Todds Leap Outdoor Centre, Ballygawley, on a mud soaked and obstacle strewn off road course. The event was held in aid of the Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke charity, and of the hardy souls who braved the highly challenging route Harrier Cheryl Cardwell distinguished herself yet again on finishing as the first female, seventh overall, in 34:19.

Parkruns

Saturday saw a deluge of 8 Harrier personal bests at the MUSA Parkrun in Cookstown, many achieving huge improvements over their previous fastest times. Not content with placing 2nd in a highly competitive field of 154, Ryan Treanor also registered a fine new PB, as did Luke O’Neill, Peter Mitchell (his third in consecutive runs at MUSA), Brian O’Donnell, Gergo Poloskei, Dearbhla Glackin, Damien Atkinson, and Gillian Robinson (her third from four MUSA outings). Joanne Corey also had ample cause to celebrate as she crossed the line of her 50th Parkrun.

At Dungannon Andrew Newell continued to impress, placing 2nd out of 154, while Karen Devlin was the 3rd lady in a field of 242 at Antrim, even more noteworthy as it was her first time at that particular event.

MUSA, Cookstown:

Ryan Treanor 17:40 (PB) (2nd)

Brendan Gildernew 18:19

Luke O’Neill 19:51 (PB)

Peter Mitchell 20:17 (PB)

Brian O’Donnell 20:33 (PB)

Jason O’Neill 21:29

Damien McCaffrey 21:32

Team Oliver 22:17

Martin Kolbohm 22:59

Damien Coey 23:28

Stephen Lynch 23:44

Gergo Poloskei 23:47 (PB)

Dearbhla Glackin 24:28 (PB)

Ellie Robinson 24:29

Ellen Glasgow 24:40

Damien Atkinson 24:41 (PB)

Gillian Robinson 24:54 (PB)

Hannah Glasgow 24:55

Joanne Corey 25:57 (50th Parkrun)

Norman Fuller 27:09

Bernie Sonner 33:44

Theresa O’Hare 40:50

Dungannon Park:

Andrew Newell 18:49 (2nd)

Patsy Hughes 23:04

Martin Donaghy 25:25

Barry O’Neill 26:22

Antrim:

Karen Devlin 22:20 (3rd Lady)