Sperrin Harriers Virtually Active

There was plenty of weekend activity for Harriers with a plethora of virtual races and challenges, as well as fundraisers for local charities. For many, it was the first time in a lengthy period in which they could wear their familiar red and white club vests.

Brainwaves ½ marathon

Organised by Carmen Runners, this fundraiser event was in aid of Brainwaves. Over a dozen Harriers took part, completing the 13.1 mile distance over the weekend. The event raised nearly £30,000.

Brainwaves supports local patients and their families who are fighting brain tumours.

Lissan House Fundraiser

Located in the picturesque grounds of Lissan House, this fundraiser supported the upkeep of the house and grounds. Local man David Graham organised the event and ran 100 miles over 2 days.

Stephen Lynch represented the Harriers around the 5 mile scenic loop. Stephen ran 26.2 miles and subsequently completed his first marathon. The trails and hills combined to make a challenging course making his achievement all the more impressive.

Miles for Mind

Club member Emma Duffy helped raise funds for The Hub in Cookstown. Across the month of May, Emma ran and walked over 80 miles.

Support for mental health services are needed now more than ever and so all support is greatly appreciated.

MA RA TH ON Challenge

This virtual relay consisted of 4 leg relay with each runner covering 10.5km. Organised by the NN Running Team, which can boast of having some of the world’s finest runners, including Eliud Kipchoge, Kenenisa Bekele and Debits Azimeraw, meant that competing Harriers took part in a truly global event.

The Stroke Association

The club’s chosen charity for the year is the Stroke Association. The proceeds of Stunnerz ‘n’ Runnerz and the Stanley Reid Memorial races would have supported this charity. However, they have both been cancelled.

However, this Saturday (13th June) the club has organised a virtual event for its members to help raise funds for the Stroke Association. This will take the form of a virtual 5k race.