Sperrin Harriers Run at Home and Abroad

In a week during which members took part in events both locally and internationally the club attended the Kells and Connor Half Marathon on Saturday, also producing noteworthy performances at a variety of Parkruns. On Sunday Harriers attended the sun kissed Palma de Mallorca Marathon, and somewhat less Mediterranean Saintfield 5k.

Kells and Connor Half Marathon and 5 Miler

Saturday saw the Kells and Connor Half Marathon and 5 Miler take place at the neighbouring villages of Kells and Connor, near Ballymena. Attracting a field of 220 the event incorporated the infamously challenging Ladyhill Road, with a piper located at the top of a gruelling climb to spur on the beleaguered runners.

Shane Curtis and Stephen Lynch proved themselves more than a match for the testing half marathon route, finishing in 1:49:05 and 1:49:14 respectively.

Palma de Mallorca Marathon

On Sunday Sperrin Harriers made their way to Spain for the Palma de Mallorca Marathon. Situated on the south coast of Mallorca the event took place in the city of Palma de Mallorca, capital of the Balearic Islands region. The course wended its picturesque way along the Palma Bay promenade, providing views over the turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea before heading towards the Santa María Cathedral, ultimately concluding in the historic old town area. Along with the marathon, half marathon and 10k races also took place.

Enjoying the sunnier climes were Tanya Quinn and Doc Martin who finished the half marathon together in 1:57:14, with Roisin Martin completing the 10k in 1:12:40.

Saintfield 5k, 10k and Fun Run

Sunday’s 3rd annual Saintfield 5k and 10k took place at Saintfield, County Down, a race included in the Novosco 10k Grand Prix series. Hosted by Saintfield Striders the event started at the local sports club, returning there after traversing the surrounding village and countryside.

Well done to David O’Brien who ran the 5k distance.


Harriers took to the podium after a strong turnout and string of fine performances at Saturday’s Parkruns, notably Andrew Newell who placed first at Dungannon, with Brian Taggart seizing third in a race which saw the course record broken at Cookstown.

MUSA, Cookstown:

Brian Taggart 16:53 (3rd Place)

Ryan Treanor 18:27

Brendan Gildernew 18:28

Damien McCaffrey 20:50

Brian O’Donnell 20:56

Jason O’Neill 21:11

Hannah Glasgow 22:52

Ellen Glasgow 23:20

Team Oliver 23:33

Norman Fuller 24:49

Joanne Corey 26:39

Bernie Sonner 34:20

Theresa O’Hare 38:57

Dungannon Park:

Andrew Newell 18:47 (1st Place)

Patsy Hughes 23:07

Martin Kolbohm 24:00

Martin Donaghy 25:05

Barry O’Neill 26:12

Centre Vale Park, Todmorden (West Yorkshire):

Kevin Heenan 25:57 (First time at course)

Sperrin Harriers Winter League 2019/20

On 9th November the Davagh Forest 10k marks the beginning of the 11th Sperrin Harriers Winter League, an event which 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 5 races comprising the Winter League are:

  • Davagh Forest 10k, on 9th November 2019
  • Lough Fea 5k, on 14th December 2019
  • An Creagan 5M, on 11th January 2020
  • Drum Manor 10k, on 1st February 2020
  • Parkanaur Forest 10M, on 15th February 2020

Entry to each race is £7 affiliated and £9 unaffiliated, with tea, coffee and refreshments served to all runners taking part.

Our first event, the Davagh Forest 10k, starts at 12 noon, and involves a chip timed, scenic and testing trail route through the beautiful rolling landscape outside Cookstown. Many thanks to ‘Outsource’ who are sponsoring the race.

We look forward to seeing you there!