Harriers run throughout the week

In a week poised just before the beginning of a national heatwave, Harriers attended the Cancer Focus Fundraiser at Eskragh Lough, along with a variety of Parkruns both near and far.

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Fundraiser Run

During the week Harriers Wendy McLean and Leigh Stirrup took part in a run for Cancer Focus NI that took place at Eskragh Lough near Dungannon, and which was held to raise much needed funds to support cancer patients and their families in Northern Ireland. Very well done to you both.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

55 took part on Saturday at Cookstown, with congratulations to Brian Taggart who placed third overall in a great time of 18:32. Tanya Quinn crossed the line in 23:26; with Barry O’Neill completing in 27:27; Odhran Mitchell in 52:34; and Gillian Robinson, as volunteer Tailwalker, in 53:59.

Dungannon Park Parkrun

Dungannon Park welcomed 42 runners and walkers on Saturday, with Malcolm McCullough taking third overall in a Course Personal Best time of 20:50.

Witney Parkrun

Gordon and Gareth Linton travelled to the Witney Parkrun in Oxfordshire for the first time on Saturday, the 234 strong field tackling a mixture of terrains at the West Witney Sports and Social Club, with Gordon completing in 20:56 and Gareth in 23:09.

Buncrana Parkrun

52 Parkrunners tackled the out and back course at Buncrana, Donegal, which followed the picturesque coastal path to Porthaw beach. Three Harriers took to the route for the first time, Shane Curtis crossing the line in 22:58, with Eabha-Rose Fingleton (33:33) and Joanne Fingleton (33:34) finishing together.

Derrynoid Forest Parkrun

Michael McCrory and Theresa O’Hare joined 20 Parkrunners at Derrynoid, finishing the wooded course in 25:42 and 54:32 respectively.

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