Harriers Run Across the UK

During a week where members ran locally and further afield the Harriers also celebrated with their awards night on Saturday.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

In a blisteringly fast Parkrun at Cookstown’s MUSA complex, one which saw the course record bested and two of the weekend’s top UK Parkrun times, Andrew Newell took a hotly contested third place with an outstanding PB of 16.16, followed by very impressive performances from Brian Taggart (17.23), Brendan Gildernew (18.07), Paul McLaughlin (18.48) and Sam Cuddy, with his own personal best of 19.42. They were pursued by Damien Coey (20.30); Richard Fox (20.47); Steven Dornan (21.17); Joshua Charleton (22.36); Peter Michell (22.07); Martin Kolbohm (22.33); Mark Reid (23.02); Damien Atkinson (23.04) and Paula Glasgow (23.21).

Dungannon Park Parkrun

On Saturday Dungannon Park celebrated its 100th Parkrun, with Malcolm McCullough completing in 21.17, Rachel Hughes crossing the line in 23.41, and Terry Hughes finishing in 25.48.

Leazes Parkrun, Newcastle

In her first outing at the undulating Leazes Parkrun course Tanya Quinn crossed the line in 23.58.

Gunnersbury Parkrun, London

Jason O’Neill finished Gunnersbury in 21.21.

Antrim Parkrun

James Hepburn achieved a great course PB at Antrim of 20.35.

Valley Parkrun, Newtownabbey

Martin Donaghy took on his first Valley Parkrun with a time of 28.03.

Centre Vale Parkrun, Todmorden

Kevin Heenan completed the Centre Vale course in 30.24.

Sperrin Harriers Dinner Dance and Awards Night

Saturday saw the return of the Sperrin Harriers Dinner Dance and Awards Night in Cookstown’s Glenavon House Hotel, an evening that included good food and entertainment, and one which importantly celebrated the achievements of the club and its members.

Paul McLaughlin was a very worthy winner of the Members’ Member Award 2021, especially given his considerable commitment to the club and prodigious running achievements. The Chairperson’s Award for 2020 and 2021, along with the Members’ Member Award 2020, was won by outgoing Club Secretary Joyce McMullan, someone who has worked tirelessly behind the scenes, motivating club members during the pandemic, and who has been involved for many years with the Winter League and other pivotal Harrier events. The night also introduced the first Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, deservedly won by Mark Reid for his exemplary dedication to the Harriers over two decades, a time during which he has distinguished himself both as runner and coach, along with his organisation of the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile run, an award winning event and fitting tribute to his father.

Club Coach Andrea Linton was recognised for the very valuable training and guidance she offers members, and Chairperson Andrew Newell presented a bouquet of flowers to outgoing counterpart Maureen Mallon, a tribute for the two years during which she led the Harriers through uncertain and tumultuous times.

Very well done to you all.

Many thanks go to everyone involved in the organisation of what was a very memorable and successful evening, and we look forward to Sperrin Harriers continuing to go from strength to strength in the year to come.

Sperrin Harriers Winter League

Sperrin Harriers have launched their 2021/22 Winter League series. The Winter League 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 events are as follows: Lough Fea 5k – Sat 11th December 2021 (Sponsored by Oliver Corey Garages), An Creagan 5M – Sat 8th January 2022 (Sponsored by Coagh Pharmacy), Drum Manor 10k – Sat 29th January 2022 (Sponsored by TES), Parkanuar 10M – Sat 26th February 2022 (Sponsored by Oliver Corey Garages). Further information and entries are available on the club website.