The award winning Stanley Reid 5 mile Classic returns in 2022

After a Covid enforced break in 2020 and a virtual option in 2021, Sperrin Harriers are delighted to announce that the 2022 Stanley Reid 5 mile classic is now open for registration and will take place on Friday 5th August from Loughry campus, Cookstown.




Race details

Now in its 19th year the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic takes place on Friday 5th August 2022, from Loughry Campus Cookstown.  It is dedicated to the memory of Stanley Reid, a fine runner in his own right who organised the first 5 mile classic in 2002. He was also instrumental in the formation of Cookstown Harriers, later to become Sperrin Harriers.

Many thanks to our main sponsor, Henry Brothers (Magherafelt) Ltd, for helping to make this event possible.

The course starts and finishes within the grounds of Loughry Campus, and covers the scenic country roads around Cookstown. It is an undulating but fast route, suitable for runners of all abilities, and also ideal for those with ambitions of a quick time. In addition, the course is measured and certified by Athletics NI, and the event will be chip timed.

Race entry is £15 for affiliated runners, and £17 for those unaffiliated. The minimum age for participants is 15.

This race is suitable for all abilities; if you have just started running, this is an opportunity for you to test yourself over a classic road race distance or you can simply run the distance at your ease and have some fun with family and friends;- if you are a seasoned runner then you probably already know that this is a race not to be missed, with the course being undulating but fast and therefore a quick time is guaranteed to anyone taking part. Many a PB has been set here.
The course starts and finishes within the grounds of the campus with the majority of it out on the open quite country roads around Cookstown.


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About Stanley Reid

Stanley Reid took up running in 1995 at the age of 60. In 1998 along with other keen runners from the local area he formed a club based at Loughry College, who were known as the Cookstown Harriers (later to be reformed as Sperrin Harriers). Stanley picked the club strip which was a bright yellow vest and shorts with red and blue down the sides. Over the years the clubs membership grew and they were seen running all over Northern Ireland and further afield. The club soon earned the nickname “The Canaries” due to their bright running strip.

Although late to the sport of running Stanley was a natural. He completed the Belfast and Dublin marathon within his first year of running and was to become a regular at the Belfast marathon as well as completing the Boston Marathon. He regularly attended the Cross Country races and had the great honour of representing Northern Ireland in the Masters Cross Country on several occasions. He was a great man for fundraising and was given an award by Cookstown District Council in recognition of his efforts. In 2004 Stanley suffered a stroke which unfortunately cut short his running career. He was still very much interested in the running club and would always look out for the results in the local papers.

In 2002 the club decided to hold a 5 mile race in Loughry Campus with Stanley the driving force behind it. The race was a great success and has since become a permanent fixture on the Athletics Calendar. Stanley sadly passed away on 14th October 2012. He was gentleman and a real inspiration to the running fraternity and is deeply missed by everyone who knew him. Sperrin Harriers feel it only fitting to rename the race in honour of the man who not only organised the inaugural race but help establish our running club.