Sperrin Harriers achieve Parkrun PBs and top spots

Sperrin Harriers attended a wide variety of Parkruns at the weekend, securing plenty of Personal Bests and podium places in the process.

Dungannon Park Parkrun

Many congratulations to Andrew Newell who led the field of 62 across the line on Saturday, taking first overall in 18:30. Malcolm McCullough followed in 21:23, with AlannaRose Farley excelling to place as first lady in 22:34. Patsy Hughes finished in 24:15, while Dearbhla Glackin was on fine form as she ran to a new Course Personal Best of 25:01.

Upton House Parkrun, Dorset

Gordon Linton had a tremendous first run on the trail paths at Upton Country Park in Dorset, taking second overall amongst the large turnout of 257 in 18:26, Gareth Linton marking his own inaugural outing at the course with a time of 23:24.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

75 turned out at Cookstown on Saturday, with Brendan Gildernew leading the Harriers home in 19:13. Tanya Quinn and Grace Glackin crossed the line in 23:46 and 34:52 respectively, with congratulations going to Odhran Mitchell who recorded a great new Personal Best of 36:06. The runners were seen home by Gillian Robinson, who completed as volunteer Tailwalker in 55:21.

Limavady Parkrun

Colly Gallagher ran four laps of Blackburn Path to complete his first outing at the Limavady course in 23:03, Martin Donaghy crossing the line in 27:54.

Citypark Parkrun, Craigavon

Terry Hughes joined the ample field of 178 to finish his lap of the Craigavon lakes in 25:22.

Portrush Parkrun

Joyce McMullan took on the difficult sands of Portrush, running amongst a sizeable turnout of 216 to end the day in 32:21.

Garvagh Forest Parkrun

In his first run at Garvagh Forest, Martin Kolbohm completed the trail course in 24:50.

Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic

After a Covid enforced break in 2020, and a virtual option in 2021, Sperrin Harriers are delighted to announce that the 2022 Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic is open for registration. Now in its 19th year this award winning event is to take place on Saturday 6th August at 12noon 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 the Cookstown Harriers, later to become the Sperrin Harriers.

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 years.

The first 250 entrants will receive a technical running top.

For a more relaxed evening there is the ‘Family Mile Fun Run/Walk’. This takes place at 11.15am within the confines of Loughry Campus, away from any traffic. It is suitable for all the family, both young and old, and all fun run finishers will receive a medal. Entry is £5.

The event supports local charity Superstars Cafe Cookstown, with a donation going towards their vital services which provide life enhancing opportunities for people with learning difficulties.

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

Registration is available online at the Sperrin Harriers website:

Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic

We hope to see you there!

c/o Sperrin Harriers