Sperrin Harriers had a busy week, the highlight of which was the second fixture in the club’s Winter League, the Lough Fea 5k
Winter League Lough Fea 5k
On Saturday the second race of the Winter League, the Lough Fea 5k, took place in the striking foothills of the Sperrin Mountains. While the competition heated up the opposite held true for the weather, as ice, snow and freezing temperatures tested even the hardiest of runners and made for an appropriately wintry event.
Surmounting the elements Colin Herron of Keep ‘Er Lit was first overall in a convincing time of 17.11, followed by Seamus Bradley in 17.58, with Jason Wilson of Ballymena Runners nipping at his heels to take third in 18.04.
In a closely contested battle amongst the ladies Catherine Roberts of North Down AC took first with a time of 23.09, second was Anne Paul, City of Derry, in 23.20, shadowed by Judith Buchanan, Springwell Running Club, who crossed the line seconds later in 23.29.
The host club turned out in numbers, with Adrian Devlin making his mark as the first Harrier across the line, placing 8th overall and 5th in the Male 30 category, followed by Paul McLaughlin and Raymond Thom. Many congratulations to Doc Martin who was 1st Male 60, and to Hannah Glasgow, Ellen Glasgow and Ellie Robinson who took all three top spots (first to third respectively) in the Female Junior 15-18 classification. Not to be outdone Carmel Fuller ended the day 5th in the Female 50 class.
The full club results are as follows:
Adrian Devlin 19.18 (8th overall and 5th Male 30); Paul McLaughlin 21.29; Raymond Thom 22.09; Paul Fearon 22.29; Paul O’Gara 22.33; Peter Mitchell 22.38; Doc Martin 22.46 (1st Male 60); Richard Fox 23.00; Shane Curtis 23.06; Malcolm McCullough 23.24; Toirleach Gourley 23.24; Steven Dornan 23.36; Patsy Hughes 23.59; Hannah Glasgow 24.37 (1st Female Junior 15-18); Michael McCrory 25.28; Tanya Quinn 25.32; Ellen Glasgow 25.39 (2nd Female Junior 15-18); Nicola Gillespie 25.59; Joanne Fingleton 26.25; Ellie Robinson 26.48 (3rd Female Junior 15-18); Jane Thom 27.19; Barry O’Neill 27.39; Louise Kelly 28.48; Kieran McHugh 31.10 and Carmel Fuller 34.30 (5th Female 50).
Sperrin Harriers wish to thank all those who took part in the Lough Fea 5k, the runners, their supporters, and everyone involved in staging and organising the event. The club also thanks Kelly’s Pharmacy in Stewartstown for being the main sponsor.
We look forward to seeing you at the An Creagan 5M on 11th January.
Sunday saw Andrew Newell head to Spain for some winter sunshine where he took on the Malaga Marathon. The course mostly hugged the coastline, ensuring a flat route with a gentle breeze that kept the runners cool.
Andrew completed the 26.2 miles in 2.51.38, which earned him a new personal best for the distance.
The adverse weather on Saturday morning wreaked havoc with events across the province, however the MUSA Parkrun in Cookstown defied the elements and proceeded as planned.
On a day which saw Cheryl Cardwell continue her fine run of form, finishing as second lady in a time of 22.39, Sperrin Harriers were also well represented by Jarleth Loughran (21.29), Stephen Lynch (22.13), Karen Devlin (23.41), Tanya Quinn (23.54), Roddy McIvor (24.45), Paula Glasgow (25.25) and Gillian Robinson (27.29).
Special mention must also go to Richard Fox who recently completed his 50th Parkrun event.
Donation to the Motor Neurone Disease Association
On Tuesday Sperrin Harriers were delighted to present the Motor Neurone Disease Association with a cheque for £728.
The money was raised through our races, Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile and Stunnerz ‘n Runnerz. The race directors, Mark Reid and Tanya Quinn, along with other club members, presented MNDA with the donation.
NI Spirit of Running Awards Gala 2020
The inaugural NI Spirit of Running Awards Gala takes place on 29th February, an event designed to celebrate all that is exceptional in the Northern Ireland running scene. Sperrin Harriers are proud to have two members, Brian Taggart (Most Inspirational Male Coach/Leader) and Theresa O’Hare (Most Inspirational Female Runner), and a club event, the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile race (Best 5 Mile Event), recognised in the final shortlist. The club is delighted to be so well represented and wishes all concerned the very best of luck.
Support in this final stage can be shown by using the NI Spirit of Running Awards online voting system.
Greencastle 5 Mile practice run
On Sunday morning Harriers joined a variety of other hardy souls to attend an organised practice run of the Greencastle 5 mile road race. Snow and ice once again featured heavily, however the challenging conditions and course provided all involved with some valuable training.
The Greencastle 5 Miler is to be held, as always, on Boxing Day, and if past events are anything to go by participants will be treated to a fantastic festive race.
Sperrin Harriers Winter League
The Sperrin Harriers Winter League continues with the An Creagan 5 Mile on 11th January 2020.
This course located outside Cookstown provides a balance of undulating stretches with flat straights, and along with the sometimes uneven terrain marks a good test for every level of runner.
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 3 remaining League races are:
- 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.