Harriers take on the Belfast City Marathon

Sperrin Harriers produced a great showing at the 40th Belfast City Marathon on Sunday, placing highly and achieving personal bests to boot. There was also success for the club at a variety of Parkruns over the weekend.


Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon

On Sunday thousands attended the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon, an occasion made all the more notable as it marked the event’s 40th anniversary.

The route encompassed all four areas of Belfast, North, South, East and West, with a somewhat sodden start at the striking Stormont Estate leading to a dramatic finish in Ormeau Park.

Sperrin Harriers were well represented in the main marathon, Andrew Newell leading the way with yet another fabulous run to place 15th overall amid a highly talented and numerous field, also achieving a highly impressive personal best of 2:40:58. Pierce McCullagh crossed the line with his own sub three hour performance of 2:56:10, closely pursued by Gordon Linton in 3:01:37; Joanne Taggart in 3:21:31; Damien Coey in 3:36:33; Mark Reid in 3:41:28; while Declan Morrison marked the day with a great new personal best of 3:43:23.

Congratulations also go to the Sperrin Harrier Relay Team, namely Richard Fox, Annie Murphy, Rachel Hughes, Louise Kelly and Kieran McHugh, who completed the Belfast course in a speedy 4:05:21. Harriers Damien Atkinson, Tanya Quinn and Joanne Fingleton were also in action on the day, running for work and charity teams.

Very well done to the Harrier runners, and their supporters, for making Sunday such a memorable and successful 40th Belfast City Marathon.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

Both finishing in the top 5 out of 61, Brian O’Donnell and Paul McLaughlin had great runs to complete in 19:04 and 19:23 respectively, Brian achieving a fine course personal best in the process. They were joined at the finish by Damien Kelly (20:53); Paula McMenemy (23:06); Patricia Boyle (23:07); Martin Kolbohm (23:10); Tanya Quinn (24:10); Sam Cuddy (24:10); Timothy Johnston (26:52); Barry O’Neill (26:54); Amelia Corey and Eabha-Rose Fingleton who crossed the line together in 51:52; Joanne Fingleton (52:00); with Theresa O’Hare closing proceedings as volunteer Tailwalker in 52:37.

Dungannon Park Parkrun

43 attended Dungannon on Saturday, with Malcolm McCullough placing third overall in 21:44, AlannaRose Farley ably distinguishing herself on taking first lady in 23:42. Patsy Hughes finished soon afterwards in 23:49, to be joined by Catherine Farley and Nicola Gillespie in 25:34 and 26:11 respectively.

Sligo Parkrun

Norman Fuller took to the Sligo Parkrun for the first time on Saturday, finishing in 28:59.

Armagh Parkrun

Colm Gallagher ran at yet another Parkrun course for the first time, completing the multi terrain route in 22:54.

Ecos Parkrun, Ballymena

Gareth and Gordon Linton crossed the line together at Ecos Park in 20:56, with many congratulations to Gareth who registered a great new course PB in the process.

Stunnerz in Runnerz

After a Covid enforced break Sperrin Harriers is excited to announce that our ladies only Stunnerz in Runnerz is back.

The event takes place on Saturday 11th June at 12noon, and covers a chip timed 5k at the scenic Drum Manor Forest Park, outside Cookstown. The day will include a dance warm up at the beginning, with an ice cream van on site for essential refreshment afterwards.

Walk, Jog, Race, You Set the Pace.

We would like to thank our main sponsor Steelweld Cookstown.

Our chosen charity this year is the locally based Superstars Cafe Cookstown, which provides life enhancing opportunities for people with learning difficulties.

Registration is online only, with no on the day entries, and is £13 affiliated or £15 un-affiliated.

The first 200 entries will receive a specially designed running vest top.

The link for entry can be found at www.sperrinharriers.co.uk/road-races/stunnerz/

c/o Sperrin Harriers