Winter League Lough Fea 5k
On Saturday 14th December 2019, the second race of the Winter League, the Lough Fea 5k, took place in the striking foothills of the Sperrin Mountains. While the competition heated up the opposite held true for the weather, as ice, snow and freezing temperatures tested even the hardiest of runners and made for an appropriately wintry event.
Surmounting the elements Colin Herron of Keep ‘Er Lit was first overall in a convincing time of 17.11, followed by Seamus Bradley in 17.58, with Jason Wilson of Ballymena Runners nipping at his heels to take third in 18.04.
In a closely contested battle amongst the ladies Catherine Roberts of North Down AC took first with a time of 23.09, second was Anne Paul, City of Derry, in 23.20, shadowed by Judith Buchanan, Springwell Running Club, who crossed the line seconds later in 23.29.
The host club turned out in numbers, with Adrian Devlin making his mark as the first Harrier across the line, placing 8th overall and 5th in the Male 30 category, followed by Paul McLaughlin and Raymond Thom. Many congratulations to Doc Martin who was 1st Male 60, and to Hannah Glasgow, Ellen Glasgow and Ellie Robinson who took all three top spots (first to third respectively) in the Female Junior 15-18 classification. Not to be outdone Carmel Fuller ended the day 5th in the Female 50 class.
The full club results are as follows:
Adrian Devlin 19.18 (8th overall and 5th Male 30); Paul McLaughlin 21.29; Raymond Thom 22.09; Paul Fearon 22.29; Paul O’Gara 22.33; Peter Mitchell 22.38; Doc Martin 22.46 (1st Male 60); Richard Fox 23.00; Shane Curtis 23.06; Malcolm McCullough 23.24; Toirleach Gourley 23.24; Steven Dornan 23.36; Patsy Hughes 23.59; Hannah Glasgow 24.37 (1st Female Junior 15-18); Michael McCrory 25.28; Tanya Quinn 25.32; Ellen Glasgow 25.39 (2nd Female Junior 15-18); Nicola Gillespie 25.59; Joanne Fingleton 26.25; Ellie Robinson 26.48 (3rd Female Junior 15-18); Jane Thom 27.19; Barry O’Neill 27.39; Louise Kelly 28.48; Kieran McHugh 31.10 and Carmel Fuller 34.30 (5th Female 50).
Sperrin Harriers wish to thank all those who took part in the Lough Fea 5k, the runners, their supporters, and everyone involved in staging and organising the event. The club also thanks Kelly’s Pharmacy in Stewartstown for being the main sponsor.
Lough Fea 5K 2018 Race Review – part of the 2018/2019 Winter league
Well done to all those who took part in the Lough Fea 5K. There was an amazing turnout, given the adverse weather conditions, with over 100 hardy souls braving the cold, wet and windy conditions. As a number of streams flowing into Lough Fea had spilled out onto the course path by the start of the race, the runners had to negotiate flowing water at various locations on the course, making sure every part of them got wet!
Competition was strong and despite the stormy conditions and wet course, some great times were achieved, with a number of finishers breaking the 20, 19 and 18 minute thresholds. Ballymena Runners AC showed up in numbers and in the men’s race it was club member Ben Morrow who took the honours, crossing the line first in a great time of 17:03. He was followed by Darragh Crossan of Foyle Valley AC in 17:33, with Niall Higgins (Magherafelt Harriers) completing the first three in 17:56.
In the ladies, again it was a Ballymena Runners AC who took the honours with Gillian Wasson first to finish in a time of 20:48. Literally hot on her heels was Olivia Mullin (Greencastle AC) who also finished in 20:48, with Laura Mitchell of host Club Sperrin Harriers completing the top three.
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 Mid Ulster Council for the use of the scenic venue, to those providing the timing services, Emergency Medical Services for providing medical cover for the event, J&K Contracts for provision of facilities, and of course to race sponsor Mill Wheel Bar, Dunnamore. We look forward to seeing you at the next race An Creagan 5 Mile in the New Year on 12th January 2019.
The finalised results from the Lough Fea 5K 2018 are available by clicking on the button belowLough Fea 5K 2017 Results
The category placings and points awarded in Race 2 are available by clicking on the button belowLough Fea 5K 2018 Categories Points
This 5K course is flat and fast and is suitable for both experienced runners aiming for a fast time, and also beginners / novice runners looking for an easy starter race. As usual there will be refreshments served after the race.
Your usual road running shoes are suitable for all our trail races. However it may be advisable to wear shoes that give you sufficient support as some of the trails can be uneven with loose or soft surfaces.
Lough Fea is located half way between Cookstown and Draperstown along the B162 (Lough Fea Road). For anyone using a GPS the Postcode is BT80 9TU.
If travelling from Cookstown take the B162 (Lissan Road / Lough Fea Road) for Draperstown and travel for five miles. Lough Fea will be on your left hand side.
If travelling from Draperstown, take the B47 (Sixtowns Road) through the village of Straw. Turn left at the crossroads onto the B162 (Disert Road / Lough Fea Road) and travel for approximately four miles. Lough Fea will be on your right hand side.
Lough Fea 5K 2017 Race Review
Well done to all of those who took part in the Lough Fea 5K and congratulations to our prize winners. The first five males home were Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC), Shane Donnelly (Unaffiliated), Paul McCafferty (Sparta), Michael Murphy (Derry Track Club) and Seamus Bradley (Unaffiliated), all completing in less than 18 minutes. In the ladies Grace Carson (Mid Ulster AC), Gemma McDonald (Ballycastle Runners), Olivia Mullin (Greencastle AC), Katrina Sinclair (Unaffiliated) and Laura Mitchell (Sperrin Harriers) were the first five ladies to complete the course within 22 minutes.
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 Mid Ulster District Council for the use of the venue, to Tobermore Ltd for the use of their grounds, and to Oliver McCullagh for providing the timing. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year at An Creagan 5M on 13th January 2018.