Like many different aspects of life, running clubs have found their usual activities curtailed by the ongoing pandemic. However, the members of Sperrin Harriers have been far from dormant.
There have been a number of virtual races and challenges in recent weeks. The Cara Bundoran virtual races have taken place throughout the month of March. Peter Mitchell completed the 10k in a time of 45.40. Jarleth Loughin, Kevin McCullagh and Brian Taggart all completed the 10 mile. Both Jarleth and Kevin got personal best times for the distance with times of 68.37 and 77.07 respectively.
James Hepburn put his Winter training to good use. He ran 26.2 miles, completing his first marathon distance in 3 hours 37 minutes.
A number of members are participating in the Virtual Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge. This entails covering 874 miles within a 12 month period. Tanya Quinn and Paula Glasgow were the first Harriers to cover the distance. They took just 5 of the allotted 12 months. Richard Fox has also completed the challenge. Mark Reid and Gillian Robsinson are both well on their way to reaching the total.
It has now been a year since the last Parkrun event was held. Over the last 12 months, many runners across the world have continued with the virtual (not)parkrun events. To mark the year anniversary a number of Harriers completed the 5k distance on 20th March. It was a notable occasion for Brian O’Donnell who ran a new personal best with a time of 19.49. Also taking part were Mark Reid, Tanya Quinn, Gillian and Ellie Robinson, Paula, Hannah and Ellen Glasgow, Richard Fox, Martin Kolbohm and Steven Dornan.
Club coach, Mark Reid is set to complete a 50 mile challenge on Saturday 10th April. Having turned 50 last year, the challenge is in aid of The Hub BT80, an organisation which promotes self-care through mental health and well-being workshops. Last year Mark suffered from depression and received essential support from the Hub. Anyone who would like to support Mark can donate through his Go Fund Me page.