Hughes and Murray Take Top Honours at Stanley Reid

On a beautiful summer’s evening, runners from far and wide took to the country roads on the edge of Cookstown for the 17th annual Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Race. An entry list of almost 350 confirmed its popularity and the pleasant weather conditions ensured for a strong start line.

As the runners set off from the grounds of Loughry College, the Acorns AC duo of Eoin Hughes and Glenn Donnelly made their intents clear, taking an early lead ahead of Eoin Mullan (Omagh Harriers) and club mates Pierce McCullagh and Brian Taggart of host club Sperrin Harriers. After completing the loop and turning back for home at Desertcreat, the running order remained the same to the finish line where Hughes finished in an impressive time of 26.55 just ahead of Glenn Donnelly (27.08), with Eoin Mullan managing to edge out Brian Taggart in a tightly fought contest to take third place in 27.32.

In the ladies, the trio of Leanne Sands (Acorns AC), Aisling Murray (Carmen Runners) and Olivia Mullin (Greencastle AC) closely tracked each other around the course. Although Sands set the pace for most of the race, it was Murray who got the upper hand going into the last mile to take first place in a great time of 33.30, just ahead of Sands who finished in 33.34. Olivia Mullan completed the podium line up finishing just seven seconds behind the winner in 33.37.

Well done to all in completing and congratulations to all the prize winners, including overall male and female team winners Acorns AC. A great evening was had by all, with a large number of participants also taking part in the popular family mile also. Sperrin Harriers would like to thank all those that participated, and particularly all those that helped staged the event both club members and friends of the club, and including neighbouring clubs who helped in staging the event. Particular thanks goes to the race sponsor Henry Brothers of Magherafelt, to Loughry College for the use of the venue and facilities, to Emergency Medical Services for their medical cover, to the photographers and the marshals on the course, to those who provided the timing and results, and of course to all those that provided and organised the wonderful after race refreshments.

The full results are available by clicking on the button below:-




Race details

Now in its 17th year the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic takes place on Friday 3rd August 2018, from Loughry Campus Cookstown, at 7.30 pm. 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.

This year’s chosen charity is INSPIRE mental health, wellbeing and recovery , a local charity committed to ensuring that people affected by depression in the Mid Ulster area have access to high quality support services.

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.

Please note that a light weight technical running T-Shirt is available for the first 250 entries.

Race entry is £11 for affiliated runners, and £13 for those unaffiliated. Entry is available on the night and will be £13 for affiliated runners, and £15 for unaffiliated entrants. The minimum age for participants is 15.

Online registration for the Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic is available at and Sperrin Harriers facebook page

For a more relaxed evening there is the ‘Family Mile Fun Run/Walk’. This event takes place at 6.45 pm within the confines of Loughry Campus, away from any traffic. It is suitable for all the family, both young and old, and in keeping with the fun aspect no times or placings will be recorded. There is no age limit and all fun run finishers will receive a medal. Entry for this event is £5, and registration takes place on the night.

Changing facilities are available and there will be a post race buffet at the finish. Prizes are to be awarded for all categories.

This race is suitable for all abilities; if you have just started running, as many have recently, 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.