Multiple Marathons for Harriers at the Weekend

Sperrin Harriers had a highly eventful week, attending the two day Mourne Mountain Marathon which commenced on a Saturday that also included the Loughmacrory Fundraising 5M and considerable success at a variety of Parkruns. On Sunday the club turned out in numbers for the much anticipated Belfast Half Marathon.

Mourne Mountain Marathon

The Mourne Mountain Marathon is Ireland’s only two day endurance and navigation event, held each year in the sublime mountains of Mourne in Northern Ireland. Over the course of the gruelling competition, which took place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd, the team of Sperrin Harrier Robert Johnston and Simon Hodge of Mourne Mountain Runners competed in the 55 km Elite category. This consisted of reaching 28 map coordinates in the shortest time using a map and compass, all while carrying camping gear and food. Impressively they completed their objectives in 8:32:16 on day one, and 6:37:21 on day two, an overall time of 15:09:37 seeing them finish 10th overall. Many congratulations to both Robert and Simon on an outstanding achievement.

Loughmacrory Fundraising 5M

On Saturday the Loughmacrory Fundraising 5M was held in support of the Coronary Care ward of Enniskillen’s South West Acute Hospital, and the local Macmillan palliative care team. The day consisted of an untimed 5M run or walk on the undulating roads surrounding Lough Macrory, Co. Tyrone, with a more leisurely one mile lap of its shores also available. Harriers Barry O’Neill and Malcolm McCullough joined the large number in attendance for this very worthwhile cause.

Belfast Half Marathon 2019

A rain swept Sunday hosted the 7th annual Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon, the largest event of its kind in Northern Ireland attracting a field of 5,000 to the capital city. The waterlogged competitors followed a flat and fast course which started and finished at Ormeau Park, encompassing many notable landmarks, from Victoria Park to Cornmarket, the Falls Road to Botanic Avenue. This year’s official charities were the Belfast Arthroplasty Research Trust (BART); Cancer Focus NI; Stroke Association; Air Ambulance NI and Action Mental Health.

An impressive contingent of almost fifty Harriers joined the thousands taking part, headed by Andrew Newell, with Joanne Taggart leading the club’s ladies. On a day of fine performances in adverse conditions special mention goes to the huge number who achieved personal bests, namely Paul O’Gara; Gavin O’Hagan; Amanda Donnelly; Luke O’Neill; Richard Fox; Shane Curtis; Peter Mitchell (by 14 minutes); Anne Murphy; Grainne O’Hagan; Joanne Fingleton; Damien Aktinson; Dervla Glackin; Gillian Robinson; Brian Morgan and Theresa O’Hare. Gergo Poloskei also shone on Sunday, as it represented his first half marathon.

Above all, congratulations to everyone who took part. The fabulous turnout and results achieved are testament to the formidable commitment, determination, and talent shown by Sperrin Harriers as a club. Very well done to you all.

Andrew Newell 1:19:19

Brendan Gildernew 1:21:03

Joanne Taggart 1:30:49

Connor Martin 1:33:27

Paul McLaughlin 1:33:31

Paul O’Gara 1:34:32 (PB)

Gavin O’Hagan 1:35:37 (PB)

Raymond Thom 1:35:39

Amanda Donnelly 1:35:45 (PB)

Luke O’Neill 1:35:46 (PB)

Richard Fox 1:36:03 (PB)

Robert Newell 1:40:26

Damien McCaffrey 1:41:03

Laura Treanor 1:42:32

Tony O’Neill 1:42:56

Gerard Jones 1:42:58

Karen McGuigan 1:43:15

Doc Martin 1:43:20

Shane Curtis 1:44:22 (PB)

Steven Dornan 1:44:30

Peter Mitchell 1:44:44 (PB)

Karen Devlin 1:45:30

Tanya Quinn 1:45:44

Niall Devlin 1:45:58

Anne Murphy 1:46:03 (PB)

Russell Bell 1:46:31

Catherine Farley 1:47:00

Norman Fuller 1:47:08

Patricia Boyle 1:48:59

Grainne O’Hagan 1:50:11 (PB)

Kevin Heenan 1:52:19

Gergo Poloskei 1:57:17 (First half marathon)

Joanne Fingleton 1:57:40 (PB)

Damien Aktinson 1:57:44 (PB)

Dervla Glackin 1:58:45 (PB)

Martin Donaghy 1:59:42

Gillian Robinson 2:01:27 (PB)

Louise Kelly 2:04:43

Stephanie Henry 2:09:32

Emma Duffy 2:10:48

Brian Morgan 2:12:58 (PB)

Fiona Aktinson 2:17:20

Joyce McMullan 2:18:06

Maureen Mallon 2:20:16

Briege McCann 2:22:11

Kieran McHugh 2:22:21

Jacinta Morgan 2:28:58

Bernie Sonner 2:38:52

Theresa O’Hare 3:08:03 (PB)


In another winning week of parkrunning for the Harriers Ryan Treanor took first place at Dungannon once again, with Andrew Newell achieving second overall in his inaugural outing at the Valley Parkrun. Ellie Robinson had a particularly special weekend as she celebrated the eve of her birthday with a tremendous new personal best at MUSA.

Dungannon Park:

Ryan Treanor 19:13 (1st Place)

Patsy Hughes 23:10

Catherine Farley 27:57

Valley Parkrun, Newtownabbey:

Andrew Newell 19:38 (2nd Place)

MUSA, Cookstown:

Mark Reid 20:14

Fergal McElroy 21:03

Jason O’Neill 21:25

Steven Dornan 22:45

Stephen Lynch 22:47

Damien Coey 22:49

Ellen Glasgow 23:05

Hannah Glasgow 23:31

Ellie Robinson 23:51 (PB)

Norman Fuller 23:52

Richard Fox 26:21

Tanya Quinn 26:23

Maureen Mallon 28:27

Melissa Glasgow 30:51

Carmel Fuller 33:35