Sperrin Harriers had an action packed weekend, with the club’s own race at Drum Manor as part of the Winter League, a variety of Parkrun events, Irwin Speirs Memorial Cup XC, as well as a number of other races.
Drum Manor 10k
The penultimate race in the Sperrin Harriers Winter League series took place at Drum Manor Forest Park. The 10k event proved to be a difficult race, with some tough hills and uneven terrain.
Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) continued his fine form, with another win. He took the top spot in a time of 36.32. Once again, he was followed by Colin Heron (Keep Er Lit) in a time of 37.05, who took second. In third place was Seamus Bradley who finished the in 39.04.
The first lady finisher was Sinead Lambe (Dromore Harriers) who finished the race in 42.54. In second place was Helena Quinn (Termoneey) in a time of 45.32. To complete the lady’s podium was Catherine Roberts (North Down AC) who completed the course in a time of 47.28.
The host club was led home by Andrew Newell who completed the race in 41.54. The club’s first lady was Tanya Quinn who finished in 55.44.
The Harriers were also represented by Paul McLaughlin (43.36), Brian Bradley (48.14), Damien McCaffrey (48.38), Shane Curtis (48.51), Kevin McCullagh (50.09), Peter Mitchell (50.35), Doc Martin (50.43), Anthony O’Neill (52.54), Richard Fox (53.47), Hannah Glasgow (56.25), Toirleach Gourley (57.28), Joanne Fingleton (57.55), Ellen Glasgow (59.03), Ellie Robinson (61.12) and Steven Dornan (75.10) (Tail Runner).
Sperrin Harriers would like to thank the many runners, and their supporters, who attended our event, and also show appreciation for the individuals and teams who worked tirelessly in the background to manage proceedings, including race organisation; course preparation; provision of chip timing; medical cover; marshalling; tail running; registration; hospitality and catering; photography; and post race clean up. The club also thanks Oliver Corey Garages for sponsoring the race.
We hope to see you all again for the final event in the series, the Parkanaur Forest 10M on 15th February.
Harriers continued their good form at local Parkrun events.
At the MUSA Parkrun Ryan Treanor put in another good performance with a first place finish in a time of 17.48. He was closely followed by Brendan Gildernew in 18.34, who took third place.
Other Harriers who took part were; Jarleth Loughran (20.27), Damien McCaffrey (21.12), Brian O’Donnell (21.17), Gavin O’Hagan (22.21), Patsy Hughes (22.36), Paula Glasgow (23.30), Damien Atkinson (24.35), Barry O’Neill (25.57), Gillian Robinson (26.53), Fiona Atkinson (27.33) and Deirdre
At the forever picturesque Dungannon Park parkrun, Gerard Jones (23.37), Russell Bell (24.14) and Catherine Farley (24.52) all put in strong performances.
Linda and Kevin Heenan completed the Oldham Parkrun in 37.25 and 37.47 respectively. This event is held in the Greater Manchester area.
Irwin Speirs Memorial Cup XC
The Acorn’s Irwin Speirs Memorial Cup XC took place on Saturday. This was a very poignant event and a fitting mark of respect for such an inspirational and much loved member of the running community.
In the Ladies 3 Mile, Stephanie Henry (28.34) and Jane Thom (28.38) competed, both putting in strong performances.
In the Men’s 4 Mile, Stephen Lynch and Michael McCrory both ran well, with times of 38.28 and 39.30.
Carrickfergus Midnight Half Marathon
Stephanie Henry, Jane Thom and Deirdre Conway all took part in this multi terrain event. The off-road trails and challenging weather made this a very tough challenge, not least because it started at midnight!
Trim 10 Mile
Connor Martin took on the Trim 10 mile. Located in Co. Meath, this event boasts a high quality field of athletes. Connor ran a fantastic race, achieving a new personal best with a time of 58.33.
The Sperrin Harriers Winter League continues with the Parkanaur 10 mile, on 15th February, starting at 12 noon.
This event is sponsored by J & K Contracts, Kildress.
This course is well renowned for its scenic trails and forest paths. It makes for a great challenge and is a fitting end to the League’s series of events.
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 1 remaining League race is:
- Parkanaur Forest 10M, on 15th February.
The race is chip timed and entry is £7 affiliated, £9 unaffiliated. Tea, coffee and refreshments are served to everyone taking part.