PBs and Podium Places in Busy Week for Harriers

Harriers attended, and had success at, a wide variety of races during the week, namely the Coleraine Campus 5k, Carlingford 10k, The Bundoran 10, Shane’s Castle Half Marathon, and a variety of Parkruns. The club is also holding free and open training sessions over the month of March for interested runners of all abilities.

Coleraine Campus 5k

On Friday the Coleraine Campus 5k event covered the roads within the grounds of Ulster University, Coleraine. The evening hosted both open and elite races, and supported the Downs Syndrome Association charity.

A talented quartet of Harrier men raced the 5k course, Andrew Newell completing in a highly impressive 16:12, followed by formidable performances from Gordon Linton (17:32), Mark Gibson (17:38), and Gareth Linton (20:34).

Carlingford Half Marathon and 10k

On Saturday the Carlingford Half Marathon and 10k took place in aid of St Brigid’s Special School. Both routes began and finished in the picturesque village of Carlingford, encompassing the beautiful surrounding landscape.

A large contingent of Harrier ladies took to the 10k course, led by Nicola Gillespie in 52:31. She was followed by Emma Duffy who achieved a tremendous personal best of 58:49, with Stacey Cheevers also having cause to celebrate on completing her first 10k in 59:16. Jacinta Morgan joined her at the finish in 60:45, pursued by Maureen Mallon in 60:53, Joyce McMullan in 63:29, and Melissa Glasgow in 66:42.

The Bundoran 10

The Bundoran 10 race was held on Saturday at the County Donegal seaside town of Bundoran, following a striking coastal route which included the Wild Atlantic Way.

Vincent Hollywood had a fine run on the day, completing the scenic course in 70:05.

Shane’s Castle Ultra, Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k

In an event which covered a wide range of distances, Saturday saw the Shane’s Castle Ultra take place within the estate of the eponymous and iconic ruin in County Antrim. The course consisted of trails, tarmac and footpaths, comprising a 13.1 mile loop.

Steven Dornan completed the half marathon route, crossing the line in 1:47:00.

Ecos Parkrun, Ballymena

Gordon Linton followed his tremendous performance from the Coleraine Campus 5k on Friday evening with another distinguished run on Saturday morning, scoring another first place at Ecos Park in 18:10.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

A large contingent of Harriers tackled the MUSA Parkrun on Saturday, Rachel Hughes leading the charge with a fabulous sub 20 minute course personal best of 19:56, netting first lady in the process. Paul McLaughlin crossed the line with Rachel, followed by Sam Cuddy (20:26), Malcolm McCullough (20:39), and Paula McMenemy with a tremendous course PB of her own in 21:34. Mark Reid completed in 21:35, pursued by Tanya Quinn in 23:54, Catherine Farley in 23:56, Martin Donaghy in 26:59, and Barry O’Neill in 27:17.

Derrynoid Forest Parkrun

In only the second outing of this new Parkrun course, James Hepburn completed the three lap forest trail in 20:28, followed by Martin Kolbohm in 24:26, and Jane Thom in 26:01.

Sperrin Harriers Open Training for March

Are you thinking about joining a running club but not sure if it’s for you? Sperrin Harriers are extending an invitation to try out a month for free, where you can meet the team, and see if it’s suitable to your needs in a friendly and welcoming environment. Open to all abilities, these training sessions take place on Tuesday 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th March at 6.30pm, located at the Railway Go Karting track on the Moneymore Road outside Cookstown. Sessions are taken by NI/UK qualified coaches, and are ideal for anyone looking to start running, improve their running, or join a club. We hope to see you there!

Our website can be found at www.sperrinharriers.co.uk