The runners of Sperrin Harriers started the New Year just as they finished the last, turning out in numbers at a large variety of events with many achieving personal bests and podium places.
This New Year’s Eve 5 miler remains a firm favourite. Around 750 runners took part, including some very talented athletes, with a remarkable winning time of 25 minutes. Amongst the field were over 30 Harriers.
Connor Martin led the club home in a fantastic time of 28.32, good enough to see him achieve yet another PB. Tanya Quinn was the first Harrier lady in 38.10.
A number of other Harriers also achieved Personal Bests. They were Damien McCaffrey (33.59), Paul Fearon (35.04) Peter Mitchell (35.47), Stephen Lynch (38.05) and Joanne Fingleton (41.06).
The full list of Harriers’ results are as follows; Paul McLaughlin (31.25), Brendan Gildernew (31.32), Luke O’Neill (33.43), Steven Fearon (34.04), Brian Bradley (34.22), Richard Fox (34.40), Raymond Thom (34.48), Jason O’Neill (35.02), Doc Martin (36.04), Paul O’Gara (36.22), Jarleth Loughran (36.45), Steven Dornan (37.13), Shane Curtis (37.40), Kevin McCullagh (37.43), Niall Devlin (38.10), Michael McCrory (39.12), Martin Kolbohm (39.32), Tony O’Neill (39.41), Patricia Boyle (39.42), Roddy McIvor (41.48), Dearbhla Glackin (44.04), Eoin Loughran (44.20) and Barry O’Neill (44.26).
Rock New Year’s Day
The first races of 2020 took place at Rock 5k and 10k. This event is well known for the relentlessly undulating courses.
In the 10k event, Brian Taggart successfully defended his title after claiming the win for a second year running. He took the victory in a time of 36.13. He was followed by club mate Andrew Newell who took second in a time of 37.05.
Also competing in the 10k were Patsy Hughes (48.41), Gavin O’Hagan (49.53) and Martin Kolbohm (51.14).
In the corresponding 5k event, Niall Devlin (24.18), Stephen Lynch (25.01) and Grainne O’Hagan (40.20) all ran well.
The first Saturday of the New Year, along with the mild conditions, saw large numbers flock to local Parkruns. In addition, a few Harriers traveled further afield.
At MUSA Cookstown, Andrew Newell continued his fine run of performances with a first place finish in a time of 18.02. Joanne Taggart was the first lady to finish. She completed the course in 20.31, earning a new PB in the process.
Jarleth Loughran (20.25) and Joanne Fingleton (24.19) also earned new PBs with their respective times.
Gavin O’Hagan completed his 50th Parkrun when he crossed the line along with his son in a time of 33.22.
The full list of results are as follows; Brian Taggart (20.28), Richard Fox (21.28), Doc Martin (21.31) Steven Fearon (21.32), Damien McCaffrey (21.53), Karen Devlin (22.39), Tanya Quinn (22.40), Martin Kolbohm (23.07), Paula Glasgow (23.38), Mark Reid (23.50), Hannah Glasgow (23.55), Ellen Glasgow (24.06), Roddy McIvor (24.46), Barry O’Neill (25.40), Fiona Atkinson (26.08), Ellie Robinson (26.36), Deirdre Conway (27.10), Carmel Fuller (32.22) and Gillian Robinson (35.06).
At the forever picturesque Dungannon Park event, several Harriers took part, all putting in good performances; Luke O’Neill (20.52), Patsy Hughes (23.54), Tony O’Neill (24.15) and Ryan Treanor (with his nephew) (27.25).
Gerard Jones and Catherine Farley both completed Armagh Parkrun. This is a course known for its tough hills. They completed the course in 21.54 and 25.16 respectively.
At Antrim Parkrun, Stephanie Henry ran a fantastic time of 26.48.
A number of Harriers took part in Knocknacarra Parkrun in Galway.
Paul McLaughlin ran a swift time of 20.02. He was closely followed by Brian Bradley in 20.40. Louise Kelly also ran well with a time of 26.12.
Armagh ‘Beat the January Blues’
On Sunday, Damien McCaffrey ran the Armagh ‘Beat the January Blues’ Half Marathon in a great time of 1.39.14.
The Sperrin Harriers Winter League continues with the An Creagan 5 Mile on 11th January 2020. This event is sponsored by Trade Mouldings, Cookstown.
This course, located between Cookstown and Omagh, provides a balance of undulating stretches with flat straights, making it 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