Sperrin Harriers attended a variety of Parkruns at the weekend, achieving a number of podium places and personal bests in the process.
MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown
A large turnout of Harriers joined the field of 114 who took to the Cookstown course on Saturday, Paul McLaughlin leading the club home in 19:21, to be joined at the finish soon afterwards by James Hepburn in 19:36. Many congratulations to Steven Dornan who registered a fine course personal best of 20:59, followed by Shane Curtis (21:15); Jason O’Neill (21:29); Sam Cuddy (21:30); and Richard Fox (21:36). Tanya Quinn ended the day as second lady overall with her time of 23:00, pursued by Joshua Charleton (23:53); Paula McMenemy (24:04); Martin Kolbohm (24:04); Damien Atkinson (24:20); Melissa Glasgow (32:08); with Amelia Corey getting a tremendous new PB of 48:34.
Dungannon Park Parkrun
On Saturday another sizeable contingent of Harriers was among the 99 Parkrunners met by cool and dry conditions at Dungannon. Malcolm McCullough completed the two lap course in 21:16, with Rachel Hughes excelling once again to repeat her double achievement from last week by running to another personal best, of 21:53, and once more taking second lady overall. Gavin O’Hagan celebrated his first outing at the Dungannon course by finishing in 23:40, to be followed by Patsy Hughes in 24:45, with many congratulations to Dearbhla Glackin who registered a new course PB of 25:46. Martin Donaghy crossed the line in 27:25, closely pursued by Nicola Gillespie in 27:29, while Jane Thom marked the day with a great new course personal best of 28:34, Barry O’Neill finishing in 29:15.
Gordon Linton produced another fine performance on finishing fourth out of 154 in his first run at the Omagh course, completing in 18:22.
Citypark Parkrun, Craigavon
Kieran Campbell ran with the field of 211 at Citypark, finishing in 23:12.
Run, Walk and Cycle for Séanna
On Sunday 16th Harriers attended the Run, Walk and Cycle for Séanna event, organised by Na Fianna Runners and Na Fianna CC. The day involved a 5k walk or run, also including a 30 mile cycle, and was organised to help raise vital funds for Séanna Corr to travel to Hope4Cancer, a cancer treatment centre in Mexico that has the potential to help save her life.
Séanna is a previous member of the club, and we wish her all the very best with her fund raising and essential cancer treatment.
Anyone wishing to donate towards Séanna’s treatment can use her family’s GoFundMe page at www.gofundme.com/f/rzw9a4-help-seanna-beat-cancer
Sperrin Harriers Winter League
The Sperrin Harriers Winter League continues with the Drum Manor 10k on 29th January, kindly sponsored by TES. It consists of an undulating course which comprises two laps of the famously picturesque Drum Manor forest outside Cookstown, encompassing the area’s striking central lake amongst other landmarks.
The League concludes with the Parkanaur 10M on 26th February (Sponsored by Oliver Corey Garages).