Sperrin Harriers in action at Washingbay and Parkrun

The hotly anticipated Washingbay Green Run finally got the green light to proceed after numerous COVID related postponements. The fast courses provided an excellent opportunity for runners to put in fast times and, for many, to sharpen their focus ahead of Autumn marathons.

Sperrin Harriers at Washingbay

Runners had a choice of 3 distances over which to compete in, but all took advantage of the flat roads next to Lough Neagh; 5k, 10k and ½ marathon.

Opting for the 5k were Brian, Joanne and Charlie Taggart. Brian finished with a time of 17.14, meanwhile Joanne and Charlie finished in a brilliant time of 24.34.

In the 10k race, Peter Mitchell was the first Harrier home in a time of 47.43. He was closely followed by Patsy Hughes (48.49), Damien Atkinson (50.49) and Tanya Quinn (50.52). Damien finished with a personal best time for the distance.

In the half marathon, Pierce McCullagh backed up his performance from the Antrim Coast Half Marathon in August, finishing 3rd with a swift time of 74.03.

Also taking part in the half marathon were; Paul McLaughlin (84.33), Declan Morisson (1.39.28), Steven Dornan (1.44.40), Shane Curtis (1.44.56) and Gavin O’Hagan (1.55.21).

At local Parkrun events, Harriers continued the run of good performances with a number of top 3 finishes.

At MUSA parkrun, Jarleth Loughran finished 3rd overall with a time of 19.33 and was followed by Richard Fox with a time of 22.20.

At Dungannon Park parkrun Laura Treanor finished as first lady with a time of 23.53 and Malcolm McCullough finished 3rd overall with a time of 20.59, which was also a course personal best. Catherine Jones also took part finishing in 25.56.

Andrew Newell finished first overall at Carrickfergus parkrun with a time of 17.29.