In the lead up to Halloween Sperrin Harriers ran the Spooktacular 5K on Friday, took top places across a variety of Parkruns on Saturday, and turned out in force to achieve a raft of personal bests at the 40th Dublin Marathon on Sunday.
The annual Spooktacular 5K took place in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, on Friday 25th. Appropriately for the Halloween season it was held at night with many runners sporting scary fancy dress, with bespoke medals awaiting participants at the finish. The course covered the town centre, starting at Belmore Street to end at Townhall Street, and was attended by a record turnout of almost 1300 runners.
Ryan Treanor produced a tremendous performance amongst the highly competitive and numerous field, placing 11th overall in 17:43. He was joined by David O’Brien who continued his return from injury to complete in 28:51.
KBC Dublin Marathon 2019
On Sunday 27th a record breaking field of 22,500 from home and abroad attended the 40th anniversary of the Dublin Marathon, the biggest event of its kind in Ireland and fifth largest city marathon in Europe. It was a day made memorable by the sheer size of the occasion, matched only by the scale of the participants’ dedication and determination. The course consisted of a relatively flat loop which started and finished in central Dublin, with runners setting out from Fitzwilliam Street to traverse the historic capital city before crossing the line at Merrion Square North near Trinity College.
Heralding what was to become an outstanding Sunday for Sperrin Harriers Connor Martin led his clubmates home in style, achieving a PB while placing both 20th in the M35 category and 117th overall amongst a world class field. Next were Brendan Gildernew (78th M40) and Joanne Taggart (32nd F35 and 152nd Lady) who also distinguished themselves with highly impressive performances and personal bests of their own. Indeed it was a day of PBs, with congratulations going to Paul O’Gara, Amanda Donnelly, Richard Fox, Jarleth Loughran, Karen McGuigan, Karen Devlin, Patricia Boyle, Gerard Jones, Catherine Farley and Fiona Atkinson. Niall Devlin also had a momentous day on not only completing his first marathon but doing so under the four hour mark.
- Connor Martin 2:42:27 (PB)
- Brendan Gildernew 2:52:57 (PB)
- Joanne Taggart 3:17:33 (PB)
- Paul McLaughlin 3:18:44
- Pierce McCullagh 3:25:05
- Paul O’Gara 3:29:51 (PB)
- Amanda Donnelly 3:30:56 (PB)
- Richard Fox 3:31:50 (PB)
- Brian Bradley 3:36:15
- Tanya Quinn 3:41:32
- Jarleth Loughran 3:48:33 (PB)
- Karen McGuigan 3:50:59 (PB)
- Nicola Gillespie 3:51:24
- Karen Devlin 3:53:13 (PB)
- Niall Devlin 3:57:24 (First marathon)
- Patricia Boyle 3:58:44 (PB)
- Kevin Heenan 4:00:27
- Norman Fuller 4:05:41
- Gerard Jones 4:06:37 (PB)
- Catherine Farley 4:09:07 (PB)
- Fiona Atkinson 4:17:56 (PB)
- Claire Fuller 4:44:44
- Deirdre Conway 4:57:00
Congratulations to everyone who took part in Dublin, an occasion which represented the culmination of much hard training and preparation, and very well done to those who achieved personal bests or were brave enough to tackle the marathon distance for the first time. Special mention also goes to the Harrier support team who lent such invaluable encouragement to their club mates throughout the day.
On a Saturday where Sperrin Harriers turned out in numbers for Parkrun events Andrew Newell recorded another first at Dungannon, while Ryan Treanor took second at MUSA, with a PB to boot.
Ryan Treanor 17:19 (PB) (2nd overall)
Brian O’Donnell 20:33
Damien Coey 21:34
Stephen Lynch 21:41
Jason O Neill 21:43
Martin Kolbohm 22:47
Joanne Corey 26:27
Jarleth Loughran 27:14 (ran with his daughter)
Team Oliver 27:55
Ellen Glasgow 31:10
Hannah Glasgow 31:10
Gillian Robinson 31:11
Ellie Robinson 31:12
Norman Fuller 31:17
Bernie Sonner 33:37
Theresa O’Hare 39:51
Andrew Newell: 18:41 (1st overall)
Patsy Hughes: 23:31
Martin Donaghy 24:11 (Course first timer)
Sperrin Harriers Winter League 2019/20
On 9th November the Davagh Forest 10k marks the beginning of the 11th Sperrin Harriers Winter League, an event which 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 5 races comprising the Winter League are:
- Davagh Forest 10k, on 9th November 2019
- Lough Fea 5k, on 14th December 2019
- An Creagan 5M, on 11th January 2020
- Drum Manor 10k, on 1st February 2020
- Parkanaur Forest 10M, on 15th February 2020
All races are chip timed and entry is £7 affiliated, £9 unaffiliated. Tea, coffee and refreshments are served to everyone taking part.
Our first event, the Davagh Forest 10k, starts at 12 noon, involving a scenic and testing trail route through the beautiful rolling landscape outside Cookstown. Many thanks to ‘Outsource’ who are sponsoring the race.
We look forward to seeing you there!