Harriers Enjoy a Stunning Week

In an exciting week for Sperrin Harriers the club held its ladies only Stunnerz in Runnerz 5k at the weekend, while it attended the third leg of the Paul Murray 5k Grand Prix Series on Friday, the Killyclogher 10k on Saturday, and EAMS Summer Solstice marathon on Sunday. The club also took part in a variety of Parkruns.

Stunnerz in Runnerz 5k

On Saturday Sperrin Harriers held their tenth annual Stunnerz in Runnerz race at the picturesque Drum Manor estate, near Cookstown. The ladies only field of over 140 were able to take part in a pre race dance warm-up, before tackling the undulating and testing trail course. Initially the weather included flurries of rain, which eventually gave way to more clement conditions.

Superstars Cookstown was the chosen charity for the race, an organisation which provides life enhancing opportunities for people with learning difficulties. The event also remembered Ashling Murphy, who was tragically killed while running in January, as the club feels it vitally important to assert the right of individuals to engage in activities outside, running and otherwise, without fear of attack or harm; and to express that the gender-based violence exhibited by this case, and dismayingly many others, is wholly intolerable.

In a highly competitive race Harrier Rachael Hughes continued to impress, taking first in 22:55, Sandra Dunseath finishing seconds later in 22:58, with Anne Paul third across the line in 23:30.

AlannaRose Farley was also in formidable form, leading the chasing group of Harriers to take fourth overall, and first in the U17 category, with her time of 23:45. Anne Murphy marked the day with her top 10 finish of 24:54, closely followed by Paula Glasgow (25:09) and Joanne Fingleton (25:25). Dearbhla Glackin joined them in 27:42, to be followed by Wendy McLean (34:14) and Gabrielle McBrien (38:42). Joanne Corey, joined by daughter Eilise who had a great day on achieving her first 5k, crossed the line with Deidre Conway in 54:36. Finally, Laura Treanor concluded proceedings on finishing the course as Tailwalker.

Many congratulations also go to runner Andrea Anderson who celebrated her birthday at the event. Hopefully the rest of her day allowed some time for recovery!

Sperrin Harriers wish to thank our main sponsor Steelweld Cookstown; Jordan Hill from Progressive Physio and Fitness for providing water at the finish; Patrick from Elite Timing; RMB Massage for providing a post race sports massage; the Forestry Service for permission to use the Drum Manor estate; the local businesses who donated a prize for our charity raffle in aid of Superstars Cookstown; and the Sperrin Harrier Team for volunteering their time to organise and conduct the event.

Sperrin Harriers thank everyone who ran the Stunnerz in Runnerz 5k, and look forward to seeing you all next year!

Paul Murray 5k Grand Prix Series

Friday evening saw the third leg of Knockmany Running Club’s Paul Murray Series, which took place at Eskra, County Tyrone.

Paul McLaughlin completed his second run of the series in a fast sub twenty time of 19:24, with Brian Bradley, in his third outing, coming home in 20:09. Nicola Gillespie finished her second series run in 23:59, Louise Kelly ending the day in 26:10.

Killyclogher 10k

On Saturday the 10th annual Killyclogher 10k Road Race and 5k Fun Run/Walk took place from the Killyclogher GAA grounds outside Omagh. Both courses were flat and fast, with the Gina Carrigan Forget Me Not Fund and Enda Dolan Foundation the nominated charities.

Amongst a highly talented field Sperrin Harriers certainly made their mark in the 10k, Pierce McCullagh placing in the top ten with his tremendous time of 35:21. Adrian Devlin also had an outstanding day, registering a fine Personal Best of 36:17, with Paul McLaughlin running to a sub forty time of his own in 39:56. Declan Morrison performed very well to complete in 42:59, with Brian Bradley closely pursuing in 43:08.

EAMS Summer Solstice 2022

The East Antrim Marathon Series Summer Solstice 2022 took place on Sunday from the bandstand at Loughshore Park, Jordanstown. Harriers Leigh Stirrup and Wendy McLean completed the marathon distance, Leigh registering a great PB of 4:19:13, Wendy finishing in 5:28:31. A tremendous achievement in itself, this also represented the second marathon of the year for both runners, with their plan to finish a highly impressive third in seven weeks.

Malahide Parkrun, Dublin

In her first run at the Malahide Castle grounds, Lisa Fitzpatrick joined the field of 217 to complete in 27:15.

Dungannon Park Parkrun

On Saturday Patsy Hughes finished the scenic Dungannon Park course in 24:33.

Derrynoid Forest Parkrun

James Hepburn finished fourth out of 37 at Derrynoid Forest in 21:05.

Wallace Parkrun, Lisburn

Colly Gallagher completed his first outing at the Wallace Parkrun in 26:46.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

66 Parkrunners took part at Cookstown on Saturday, with Damien Kelly leading the Harriers home in 21:39, Tanya Quinn enjoying a fine podium finish, taking third lady in 23:26. Many congratulations to Barry O’Neill who had a very momentous Saturday, finishing his 200th Parkrun in 26:38. He was followed by Martin Donaghy (26:52), Amelia Corey (51:41), Eabha-Rose Fingleton (51:41), Joanne Fingleton (51:50), and Theresa O’Hare, who closed the day as Tailwalker in 53:26.