Harriers Usher in New Year with a Strong Showing

Sperrin Harriers ended 2021 at the Lough 5 Road Race on Friday, and started 2022 with podium finishes at multiple Parkruns on Saturday.

Lough 5 Road Race

On Friday, New Year’s Eve, the village of Loughmacrory in Co. Tyrone played host to the much anticipated Lough 5 Road Race. Under cloud covered skies the 584 runners saw out the old year on roads which wound through scenic countryside, the course reaching its picturesque conclusion with a lap of Lough Macrory. All proceeds went to local charities, the Termonmaguirc Cancer Patients Comfort Fund, and the Friendly Care Group Termonmaguirc.

Sam Cuddy headed the Harrier contingent, completing the course in 35.02. Vincent Hollywood followed soon after in 35.40, with Richard Fox crossing the line in 36.35. Damien Coey joined his club mates in 37.09, to be followed by Steven Dornan (37.17); Joanne Fingleton, the first Harrier lady, in 38.05; Shane Curtis (38.32); Tanya Quinn (38.41); Martin Kolbohm (40.41); Tony O’Neill (41.45); and Eimear Thom (43.43).

Titanic Festival of Running

In addition to this week’s performances, congratulations to Rebecca Flanagan who ran the 10k race amongst a field of 224 in the Titanic Festival of Running, held at Belfast Harbour Estate on Boxing Day, completing the course in a very fine time of 48.05.

Hillsborough Forest Parkrun

Andrew Newell achieved two firsts on New Year’s Day, leading the field of 195 over the line in his inaugural outing at the course with a tremendous time of 17.51.

Sligo Parkrun

There was a fabulous double podium finish for Sperrin Harriers at the Sligo Parkrun, with Brian Taggart first out of 59 in a winning time of 19.01, Charlie and Joanne Taggart finishing together in 23.18, which gave Joanne third lady overall.

Ecos Parkrun, Ballymena

Gordon Linton distinguished himself at Ballymena on taking third out of 106 with his great 18.36 run.

Castlewellan Parkrun

Rebecca Flanagan marked the New Year by completing the Castlewellan Parkrun in 24.50.

Citypark Parkrun, Craigavon

Harrier ladies took on Craigavon at the weekend, Paula McMenemy marking her first outing at the course by leading the group home in 22.50, followed by Tanya Quinn in 23.21, Oilibhia Farley in 23.55, and Catherine Farley in 25.04.

Sperrin Harriers Winter League

The Sperrin Harriers Winter League continues with the An Creagan 5 Mile on 8th January, kindly sponsored by Coagh Pharmacy. It consists of a course located outside Cookstown and provides a balance of undulating stretches with flat straights, which along with the sometimes uneven terrain represents a good test for every level of runner.

This is followed by the Drum Manor 10k on 29th January (Sponsored by TES); and Parkanaur 10M on 26th February (Sponsored by Oliver Corey Garages).

Further information and entries are available on the club website.