Sperrin Harriers Announce Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic 2022

During a busy week, Sperrin Harriers were proud to announce that their Stanley Reid Memorial 5 Mile Classic has opened for registration, and will take place on Saturday 6th August. On Friday the club attended the final leg of the Paul Murray 5k Grand Prix Series, also participating at a wide variety of Parkruns on Saturday. In addition, Harriers are to take part in the upcoming Reach Backyard Ultra Marathon.

Paul Murray 5k Grand Prix Series

Friday evening saw the fourth and final leg of Knockmany Running Club’s Paul Murray Series, which took place at Eskra, County Tyrone.

Paul McLaughlin finished his third run of the series in a fine sub nineteen time of 18:45, with Brian Bradley completing the full set of four races in 19:46. Congratulations to Declan Morrison for whom Friday marked his first competitive 5k, to add to his tally of other distances, registering an impressive time of 20:17, Nicola Gillespie rounding off her third series race in 23:48.

Sligo Parkrun

Very well done to Joanne Taggart who took to the podium yet again, securing first lady at Sligo in 21:10, amongst a field of almost 70.

Derrynoid Forest Parkrun

Congratulations to Michael McCrory who registered a new Course Personal Best at Derrynoid of 25:34.

Bangor Parkrun

Colly Gallagher joined a large field of 190 for his first outing at Bangor, completing in 26:01.

Dungannon Park Parkrun

Martin Donaghy ran alongside a turnout of 68 at Dungannon, coming home in 27:52.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

On a day when 60 Parkrunners took to the Cookstown course, Damien Coey led the Harriers across the line in 20:43. He was followed by Steven Dornan (21:21); Richard Fox (23:06); Catherine Farley (24:14); Dearbhla Glackin (24:59); Louise Kelly (25:39); Barry O’Neill (26:42); Joyce McMullan (28:42); Odhran Mitchell (54:05); and Gillian Robinson, who finished the day as Tailwalker in 54:19.

Reach Backyard Ultra Marathon

On Saturday 25th June Sperrin Harriers Paula McMenemy and Sam Cuddy are to join Team RSD (Royal School Dungannon) who will be taking part in the Reach Backyard Ultra Marathon, running a 4.2 mile loop of Lurgan Park every hour for 8 consecutive hours. In total they will cover a formidable 34 miles, which is of special significance as Reach works in schools within that range (from Banbridge to Dungannon). A highly worthwhile cause, Reach Mentoring is an organisation that seeks to support young people at risk of educational exclusion, who are struggling with behavioural and emotional difficulties.

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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.

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:


We hope to see you there!