Harriers enjoy a successful week

In a week which saw the official launch of the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic, Sperrin Harriers attended a wide variety of Parkruns, both near and far, with a great deal of success.

Rostrevor Parkrun

Congratulations to Andrew Newell who led a field of 33 Parkrunners in his inaugural outing at the undulating and picturesque two lap course at Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, finishing in an unassailable 18:34.

Garvagh Forest Parkrun

Amongst a field of 31, many congratulations go to Gordon Linton who finished first at the two lap trail course in 18:59.

Derrynoid Forest Parkrun

Michael McCrory enjoyed a highly successful Saturday, taking an impressive third overall with a new Course Personal Best of 25:20. It was also a notable occasion for Theresa O’Hare as the day marked her first time at the tree lined event, which she finished in 54:31. Well done to you both.

Dungannon Park Parkrun

Malcolm McCullough joined a 58 strong turnout at the picturesque Dungannon Park, completing in 21:12.

Cabinteely Parkrun, Dublin

Martin Donaghy ran with a field of 104 at Cabinteely Park, stately surroundings and originally the garden of an old manor house, completing his first outing at the course in 28:59.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

On a Saturday which saw 59 at Cookstown, Paul McLaughlin was the first Harrier home in a sub 19 time of 18:56. He was joined at the finish by Tanya Quinn (23:36); Louise Kelly (25:14); Barry O’Neill (27:21); Amelia Corey (54:48); and Odhran Mitchell (55:21); with Gillian Robinson completing as the event’s volunteer Tailwalker in 57:01.

Official Launch of the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic

On Thursday the award winning Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic enjoyed its official launch at Superstars Cafe in Cookstown, the event’s supported charity. Race Director Mark Reid attended with Club Chair Andrew Newell and the Sperrin Harrier team, along with Julie McKeown of Henry Brothers, the generous main sponsor.

The club wishes to thank Superstars Cafe for their tremendous hospitality, and for all the important work they do to provide assistance and opportunities to people with learning disabilities.

Further information may be found at http://www.superstarsclub.org.uk/

The Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic is to be held on Saturday 6th August at 12noon from Loughry campus, Cookstown.

Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic

After a Covid enforced break in 2020, and a virtual option in 2021, Sperrin Harriers are delighted to announce that the 2022 Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic is open for registration. Now in its 19th year this award winning event is to take place on Saturday 6th August at 12noon from Loughry campus, Cookstown. It is dedicated to the memory of Stanley Reid, a fine runner in his own right who organised the first 5 mile classic in 2002. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Cookstown Harriers, later to become the Sperrin Harriers.

The course starts and finishes within the grounds of Loughry Campus, and covers the scenic country roads around Cookstown. It is an undulating but fast route, suitable for runners of all abilities, and also ideal for those with ambitions of a quick time. In addition, the course is measured and certified by Athletics NI, and the event will be chip timed.

Race entry is £15 for affiliated runners and £17 for those unaffiliated. The minimum age for participants is 15 years.

The first 250 entrants will receive a technical running top.

For a more relaxed evening there is the ‘Family Mile Fun Run/Walk’. This takes place at 11.15am within the confines of Loughry Campus, away from any traffic. It is suitable for all the family, both young and old, and all fun run finishers will receive a medal. Entry is £5.

The event supports local charity Superstars Cafe Cookstown, with a donation going towards their vital services which provide life enhancing opportunities for people with learning difficulties.

Many thanks to our main sponsor, Henry Brothers (Magherafelt) Ltd, for helping to make the day possible.

Registration is available online at the Sperrin Harriers website:

Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic

We hope to see you there!

c/o Sperrin Harriers