As the next race in the club’s Winter League approaches, many club members used the weekend’s fixtures to fine tune their preparation. The fourth race in the series takes place at Drum Manor on Saturday, starting at 12 noon.
As usual, Harriers were out in numbers at the local parkrun events, as well as a few other races across the province.
At MUSA Cookstown, there were a couple of PBs. Karen Devlin finished the course in 22.00, not only earning a new personal best, but finishing as third lady in the process. Also achieving a PB was Damien Atkinson who ran well to finish in a time of 24.12.
Also competing at the event were Brendan Gildernew (18.55), Paul McLaughlin (19.08), Damien McCaffrey (20.00), Tanya Quinn (22.11), Michael McCrory (23.15), Gavin O’Hagan (23.30), Paula Glasgow (23.51), Stephanie Henry (24.14), Hannah Glasgow (24.16), Ellen Glasgow (24.25), Jane Thom (25.26), Dearbhla Glackin (25.28), Kevin Heenan
(25.48), Gillian Robinson (26.34), Fiona Atkinson (26.39), Deirdre Conway (28.44) and Carmel Fuller (32.17).
At Dungannon Park, Andrew Newell took the top spot with a quick time of 18.21.
A number of Harriers also took part. They were Gerard Jones (21.55), Catherine Farley (24.33), Barry O’Neill (26.32) and Martin Donaghy (29.13).
At Craigavon, Cheryl Cardwell was the first lady to finish in a swift time of 22.23. Russell Bell also completed this course, with a time of 22.54.
St Patrick’s College, Dungiven 10k
On Saturday, Martin Kolbohm and David Stewart ran at the Dungiven 10k. They both put in good performances, finishing in 48.58 and 52.12 respectively.
Northern Velocity Dog Leap Half Marathon
On Sunday, Steven Dornan completed the Northern Velocity Dog Leap Half Marathon with a great time of 1.49. This event was held in the picturesque Roe Valley Park, Limavady.
The Sperrin Harriers Winter League continues with the Drum Manor 10k, on 1st February 2020, starting at 12 noon. This event is sponsored by Oliver Corey Garages.
This course, located just outside Cookstown, is run through the forest, and with hills and long flat straights, it is a good test for runners of all abilities.
The Winter League has grown into one of Northern Ireland’s best loved set of trail races, attracting all types of runners from beginners to top athletes. Its popularity is testament to the picturesque venues, great atmosphere, and warm welcome that make the League so unique.
The 2 remaining League races are:
- Drum Manor 10k, on 1st February 2020
- Parkanaur Forest 10M, on 15th February 2020
All races are chip timed and entry is £7 affiliated, £9 unaffiliated. Tea, coffee and refreshments are served to everyone taking part.