Sperrin Harriers Run at Pats 5

On Saturday Harriers attended the Pats 5 event in celebration of the life of Pat Mallon. The club also ran at the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon on Sunday, and had very successful showings at a variety of Parkruns over the weekend.

Pats 5 Walk and Run

A sunny Saturday played host to a very special event in Pomeroy Forest Park, celebrating the life of the sorely missed and much respected Pat Mallon. The large turnout was testament to the regard in which he is held, and participants were able to run or walk the testing and picturesque 5k course. On Sunday Pat’s second passion was celebrated with a tractor run, the weekend’s events helping to raise money for Diabetes UK and Chest, Heart & Stroke (NI).

Harriers attended in numbers, with Richard Fox completing the course in 23:11, followed by Steven Dornan (23:50); Joanne Fingleton (24:53); Paula McMenemy (25:10); Damien Kelly (25:12); Martin Kolbohm (25:41); Jane Thom (26:59); Nicola Gillespie (27:28); Tanya Quinn (27:55); Leigh Stirrup (27:58); Norman Fuller (31:21); Wendy McLean (32:20); Jacinta Morgan (32:55); Joyce McMullan (33:23); Maureen Mallon (33:39); Melissa Glasgow (35:13) and Bernie Sonner (40:00).

EDP Lisbon Half Marathon

On Sunday, and celebrating its 31st anniversary, thousands of runners flocked to Portugal’s capital for the EDP Lisbon Half Marathon and Vodafone 10k, the country’s biggest running event.

The half marathon route followed the shores of the River Tagus, with a striking start crossing the impressive 25 de Abril bridge and a finish overlooked by the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos monument. A fast course, it has played host to the half marathon world record on multiple occasions. The EDP Lisbon Half Marathon is included in the new international running series, the Super Halfs, joining five top international Half Marathons, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Prague and Valencia.

Well done to Paul McLaughlin, who braved testing temperatures to run the half marathon distance in a great time of 1:29:41.

Citypark Parkrun, Craigavon

AlannaRose Farley had a great run around the Craigavon lakes to take third lady in 22:17, amongst a large field of 232, Kieran Campbell following in 23:01. Many congratulations to Catherine Farley who reached the fabulous milestone of her 100th Parkrun, crossing the line in 23:06.

Portrush Parkrun

Gordon Linton took a tremendous third overall alongside a sizeable field of 177, to complete a route run entirely on the Portrush sands in 19:09. Gareth Linton enjoyed a significant performance of his own, achieving a course personal best of 22:38.

Falls Parkrun, Belfast

Colly Gallagher tackled another Parkrun course for the first time, completing the scenic Falls Park route in 23:02.

Derrynoid Forest Parkrun

James Hepburn finished the forest course in 21:38, Michael McCrory joining him in 26:04.

Dungannon Park Parkrun

Patsy Hughes and Martin Donaghy crossed the line at Dungannon in 24:26 and 28:08 respectively.

MUSA Parkrun, Cookstown

60 Parkrunners attended Cookstown on Saturday, with Sam Cuddy completed the course at Loughry campus in 20:29. Congratulations to Paula McMenemy who finished as first lady in 22:13, followed by Damien Kelly (22:14) and Shane Curtis (22:54), with Tanya Quinn taking her own place on the podium as third lady in 24:09. Barry O’Neill and Maureen Mallon crossed the line in 27:03 and 29:15 respectively.

Stunnerz in Runnerz

After a Covid enforced break Sperrin Harriers is excited to announce that our ladies only Stunnerz in Runnerz is back.

The event takes place on Saturday 11th June at 12noon, and covers a chip timed 5k at the scenic Drum Manor Forest Park, outside Cookstown. The day will include a dance warm up at the beginning, with an ice cream van on site for essential refreshment afterwards.

Walk, Jog, Race, You Set the Pace.

We would like to thank our main sponsor Steelweld Cookstown.

Our chosen charity this year is the locally based Superstars Cafe Cookstown, which provides life enhancing opportunities for people with learning difficulties.

Registration is online only, with no on the day entries, and is £13 affiliated or £15 un-affiliated.

The first 200 entries will receive a specially designed running vest top.

The link for entry can be found at www.sperrinharriers.co.uk/road-races/stunnerz/

c/o Sperrin Harriers