Sperrin Harriers enjoyed success at a range of events both near and far at the weekend. It began on Saturday with the Brutal Extreme Triathlon in Wales, and included various Parkruns, one of which was in Burnley, Lancashire. On Sunday club members made their mark at the prestigious Waterside Half Marathon in Derry/Londonderry.
The Brutal Extreme Triathlon
On Saturday 31st The Brutal Extreme Triathlon took place in Llanberis, North Wales, an event once voted ‘The World’s Toughest Triathlon’ by 220 Triathlon. The course began with a swimming section in the beautiful if bracing lake Padarn; progressing to a cycle race which included eye catching scenery and challenging hills; concluding with the running portion that started on an undulating trail around the lake and ended with a climb and descent of Snowdon, Wales’s highest mountain.
Sperrin Harrier and talented tri-athlete Cheryl Cardwell excelled to not only overcome the challenging elements and terrain but also place as 3rd female overall. Her outstanding achievement saw her swim 1.2 miles in 32:37, cycle 58 miles in 3:58:15, and run 15 mountainous miles in 53:05 (lake trail) and 01:48:51 (Snowden climb and descent), to complete in 07:25:34.
Waterside Half Marathon
One of Northern Ireland’s premier athletic events, the 38th Waterside Half Marathon took place in Derry/Londonderry on Sunday. Over 2,000 competitors took to the course which started at Ebrington Square and wound around the historic city, including many landmarks such as the iconic Peace Bridge, ultimately finishing in St. Columb’s Park. The event was part of the Athletics Northern Ireland Championships.
Sperrin Harriers performed outstandingly amidst a highly talented field, Pierce McCullagh placing 9th overall, 2nd in the M40 age category. Brian Taggart was 14th overall, 4th M40, and Paul McLaughlin took 3rd in the M50 class. Congratulations also go to Martin Kolbohm who picked a great venue at which to record his new half marathon personal best.
Pierce McCullagh 1:12.53 (9th) (2nd M40)
Brian Taggart 1:16:41 (14th) (4th M40)
Paul McLaughlin 1:26:07 (3rd M50)
Brian Bradley 1:32:59
Raymond Thom 1:36:21
Mark Reid 1:39:25
Richard Fox 1:40:52
Amanda Donnelly 1:41:57
Martin Kolbohm 1:47:49 (PB)
Saturday saw many fine performances and achievements from the Harriers at a variety of Parkrun events. Ryan Treanor and Andrew Newell led the field at Dungannon once more, taking first and second respectively, with Ryan scoring a course PB in the process. The evergreen Patsy Hughes also had a momentous weekend, not only completing a fabulous 150th Parkrun but also celebrating it with a new course personal best.
At Cookstown David McNally brought the Harriers home with a fine course PB, while Laura Treanor finished as the 2nd lady overall, and Peter Mitchell registered his second personal best in a row at MUSA by a huge 26 seconds. Congratulations also go to Jason O’Neill who reached a tremendous landmark, the event representing his 100th Parkrun.
Ryan Treanor 18:56 (1st) (PB)
Andrew Newell 19:14 (2nd)
Patsy Hughes 22:52 (PB) (150th Parkrun)
Malcolm McCullough 22:55
Martin Donaghy 25:31
Barry O’Neill 26:49
David McNally 19:27 (PB)
Laura Treanor 20:59 (2nd Lady)
Peter Mitchell 21:00 (PB)
Jason O’Neill 22:06 (100th Parkrun)
Tanya Quinn 22:53
Hannah Glasgow 23:53
Ellen Glasgow 24:20
Stephen Lynch 25:10
Damien Atkinson 25:42
Gillian Robinson 32:35
Bernie Sonner 33:45
Theresa O’Hare 39:09
Kieran Campbell 23:23
Kevin Heenan 27:20 (First time at course)