Club Report – Sperrin Harriers Winter League action continues at An Creagan (2019/2020 Winter League Season)
The hotly anticipated An Creagan 5 miler was held on Saturday. This was the third race in the club’s Winter League. T
An Creagan 5 miler
Once again, the winter weather turned up. The wind and rain provided testing conditions for this scenic event, particularly when combined with the challenging terrain.
However, this certainly did not deter high quality racing. Six men managed to finish in under 30 minutes. Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) took the top spot with a very impressive time of 26.39. He was closely followed by Colin Heron (Keep ‘er Lit) in 26.52. Adrian Scullion (Knockmany Running
Club) took third place in 28.07.
The standard was also high amongst the ladies. Catherine Roberts (North Down AC) was the First Lady to finish. She completed the course in a time of 34.36. In second place was Anne Paul (City of Derry), with a time of 36.04. Completing the ladies podium was Irene Clements (1Zero1) who
finished in 36.21.
The host club also put in some very strong performances. The standout performers were undoubtedly those who achieved personal bests in such a gruelling race. They were Shane Curtis (35.54), Hannah Glasgow (39.45) and Joanne Fingleton (40.43).
The full list of Harriers results are as follows; Andrew Newell (29.56), Brian Bradley (33.52), Raymond Thom (34.53), Doc Martin (36.05), Kevin McCullagh (36.28), Peter Mitchell (36.48), Luke O Neill (37.08), Steven Dornan (37.15), Niall Devlin (37.33), Malcolm McCullough (38.06),
Tanya Quinn (38.25), Tony O Neill (39.29), Patricia Boyle (39.37), Michael Mc Crory (40.08), Nicola Gillespie (40.17), Stephen Lynch (40.19), Ellen Glasgow (40.36), Plunkett Lagan (42.32), Ellie Robinson (43.43), Dearbhla Glackin (44.25) and Sharon Lagan (49.36).
The club would like to thank the sponsor of the event, Trade Mouldings Cookstown, and all others who helped facilitate the event.
Next Race in the series is 1st February 2020 at Drum Manor Cookstown.
Report from An Creagan 5M 2019 Race Review – part of the 2018/2019 Winter league series
Well done to all those who took part in our third race of the Series, An Creagan 5M. There was an amazing turnout with 170 runners toeing the line in perfect running conditions.
Competition was strong yet again and despite some tricky parts on the course, some great times were achieved, with a number of finishers breaking the 30 minute thresholds. Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) led from the off and held his lead take the honours, crossing the line first in a great time of 27:24. He was followed by Connor Reid of Ballymena Runners AC who finished in 28:22, just a second ahead of Seamus Bradley (Unaffiliated) who completed the first three in a great time of 28:23.
In the ladies, once again it was Gillian Wasson of Ballymena Runners AC who took the honours first to finish in a time of 32:31, complementing her wins in the first two races of the Series at Davagh Forest 10K and Lough Fea 5K. Olivia Mullin (Greencastle AC) repeated her second place at Lough Fea 5K finishing in 33:42, with Laura Mitchell of host Club Sperrin Harriers completing the top three in 35:05 to complement her second place at Lough Fea 5K.
Well done to all those who took part and thank you to all of those who helped stage the event and supported the runners on the course. Particular thanks goes to An Creagan Centre for the use of the venue and the post race refreshments, to those providing the timing services, Emergency Medical Services for providing medical cover for the event, and of course to race sponsor Trade Mouldings, Cookstown. We look forward to seeing you at the next race Drum Manor Forest 10K on 2nd February 2019.
The finalised results from the An Creagan 2019 are available by clicking on the button belowAn Creagan 5M 2019 Results
The category placings and points awarded in Race 3 are available by clicking on the button belowAn Creagan 5M 2019 Categories Points
Find out more about the course here: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/274026942
An Creagan is located approximately halfway between Cookstown and Omagh along the Barony Road. For anyone using a GPS the Postcode is BT79 9AQ.
If travelling from Cookstown, take the A505 (Omagh/Drum Road) and travel for approximately 13 miles. Entrance to An Creagan will be on your right hand side (sign posted).
If travelling from Omagh, take the A505 (Cookstown Road) and travel for approximately 13 miles. Entrance to An Creagan will be on your left hand side (sign posted).
An Creagan 5M 2018 Race Review
Well done to all of those who took part in An Creagan 5 Miler and congratulations to our prize winners. The first five males home were Jason Wilson (Ballymena Runners AC), Matthew Neill (Omagh Harriers), Conor Maguire (Omagh Harriers), Brian Taggart (Sperrin Harriers) and Pete Neill(Omagh Harriers), all completing in 30 minutes or less. In the ladies Gillian Wasson (Ballymena Runners AC), Karen McLaughlin (Springwell Running Club), Olivia Mullin (Greencastle AC), Amanda Donnelly (Sperrin Harriers) and Laura Mitchell (Sperrin Harriers) were the first five ladies to complete the course in 36 minutes or less.
Thank you to all who helped to organise the race and assisted on the day as well as all those runners who supported it. Thank you also to An Creagan Centre for the use of the venue and to Oliver McCullagh for providing the timing. We look forward to seeing you at our next race Drum Manor Forest 10K on 27th January 2018.