The 2019/2020 Winter league will visit Parkanaur Forest for its 10m on 15th February 2020. Entry fee is £7 affiliated, £9 unaffiliated.
Parkanaur Forest 10M 2019 Race Review
Well done to all those who took part in our final race of the Series, Parkanaur Forest 10M. Perfect running conditions brought a great turnout with a strong field of over 140 runners starting in mild, sunny conditions.
Due to a group of large trees falling on part of the course during storms in recent weeks, the course had to be altered to avoid this section of the trails. Given the loss of the use of the affected trails along the established the race route and the restricted size of the forest park, the course had to be increased to four laps from the normal three laps and the distance had to be reduced to 9.5 miles on this occasion. However, as previous years’ participants will testify the course is a testing one which more than made up for the reduced distance.
Going into the final race both top spots in the League’s Male and Female Overall Categories had already been clinched by Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) and Gillian Wasson (Ballymena Runners AC) who had won three and four races respectively in the series, and so all eyes were on the various battles between athletes in the Series Age Categories. Of particular interest was the battle for the Male 40-49 category between Ballymena Runners AC’s Kieran Scullion and Niall Higgins who had been slugging it out in previous races and were both on equal points going into the race. Frank Rea of North Down AC had a chance of snatching the Male 60+ category prize from Ballymena Runners AC’s Billy Bamber, while in the ladies 60+ category, Tafelta AC’s Rosemary Hargan was aiming to take the category prize from Brigid Quinn of Ballymena Runners AC.
Stephen Duncan of Omagh Harriers marked his first appearance in the Winter League Series this year with a win in 54:04, but he was pushed all the way by Seamus Bradley (Unaffiliated) who put in a fine performance on the tough course to finish in 54:32, just 28 seconds behind the well known athlete. Kieran Scullion (Ballymena Runners AC) completed the podium finishers in 54:46.
In the ladies, Gillian Wasson of Ballymena Runners AC made it a clean sweep of five wins in the Series breaking the tape in 63:45, while Hayley Ballard (Omagh Harriers) took second place at her first race in the Series, finishing in 66:49, with club mate Lucy McDermott completing the top three in 67:10.
In the Male 40-49 category Ballymena Runners AC’s Kieran Scullion managed to get the upper hand over Niall Higgins to take the Series prize, while Frank Rea (North Down AC) made it three wins in the Series to take his Series age category prize, and Rosemary Hargan also posted a third win in the Series to take her Series age category prize.
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 Forest Service for the use of the venue, to those providing the timing services and refreshments, Emergency Medical Services for providing medical cover for the event, and of course to race sponsor Oliver Corey Garages.
Once again the Winter League has proved a very popular Series with athletes from across Ireland and Britain taking part, and numerous clubs being represented. Thank you to all those who took part, to all of those who helped stage the series of races, and of course to the sponsors of each race. We look forward to the Series Appreciation Night, on Saturday 9th March 2019, further details of which will follow in the next week.
The finalised results from Parkanaur Forest 10M 2019 are available by clicking on the button belowParkanaur 10M 2019 Results
The category placings and points awarded in Race 5 are available by clicking on the button belowParkanaur 10M 2019 Categories Points
The final category placings and points awarded in all five races are available by clicking on the button belowWinter League 2019 Categories Points
The Parkanaur Forest course comprises of three laps of the trail around the forest (as opposed to four laps of Lough Fea) taking you past the stately Parkanaur House and its gardens and along the Torrent River. Parkanaur offers plenty of car parking, toilet facilities and a large room for indoor assembly. The course is suitable for both experienced runners aiming for a fast time, and also runners looking for an easy starter 10 mile 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.
Parkanaur Forest is located close to Castlecaulfield approximately four miles from Dungannon and eleven miles from Cookstown along the B162 (Old Ballygawley Road). For anyone using a GPS the address and postcode is 57 Parkanaur Road, Dungannon BT70 3AA.
If travelling from Cookstown take the A29 (Dungannon Road) and travel for six miles. After passing by Carland take the road on right for Donaghmore. Travel through Donaghmore, branching off to the left for Castlecaulfield in the centre of the village. Travel through Castlecaulfield and the entrance gates to Parkanaur will be on your right hand side one mile outside the village. Click on the button below for Google map directions.
If approaching from the A4 (from Omagh/ Enniskillen direction), take the exit to the left for Castlecaulfield onto Woodlough Road (sign posted for Parkanaur also) and follow the directional signs to Parkanaur by turning right onto Woodlough Road, taking a left onto Old Ballygawley Road, and then a left onto Parkanaur Road. The entrance gates to Parkanaur will be on your left hand side as you turn into Parkanaur Road. Click on the button below for Google map directions.
If approaching from the A4 (from Craigavon/Armagh/Belfast direction), take the exit to the left for Castlecaulfield onto Woodlough Road (sign posted for Parkanaur also) and follow the directional signs to Parkanaur by turning left onto Woodlough Road, taking a right onto Old Ballygawley Road, and then a left onto Parkanaur Road. The entrance gates to Parkanaur will be on your left hand side as you turn into Parkanaur Road. Click on the button below for Google map directions options.
Parkanaur Forest 10M 2018 Race Review
Well done to all of those who took part in the final race of this Winter Series, Parkanaur Forest Park 10 Miler and congratulations to our prize winners. The 2016 Parkanaur winner Gary Slevin (City of Derry Spartans) was the winner again this year in an impressive 56.34, given the wet and muddy conditions of the course. He was followed into second place by Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) with a time of 57.21, which was sufficient to see him take the cup for overall best male performer in the Winter Series this year. Christopher McGuire (Glaslough Harriers) completed in third place in 57.37 followed by fourth place Shane Donnelly (Unaffiliated) in 59.46. Paddy Corr (Unaffiliated) completed the top five in 60.20. In the ladies Cathy McCourt (Unattached) was the first to cross the line in an amazing 65.20, given the tricky conditions. Olivia Mullin (Greencastle AC) rounded off a fine series record overall, finishing second in 73.02 bettering her three previous podium finishes, while Karen McLaughlin (Springwell Running Club) took third place in 73.51 complimenting her previous three top five finishes. Laura Mitchell (Sperrin Harriers) and Linda Petticrew (Ballymena Runners AC) took fourth and fifth places finishing in 76.58 and 79.30 respectively.
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 Forestry Service for the use of the venue and to those who provided the timing.
The results of Parkanaur Forest Park 10M are available by clicking on the button below.Parkanaur 10M 2018 Results
Thank you to all those who assisted throughout the series and provided the refreshments, to the organisations that permitted the use of their venues for the races, and especially to those who participated. We hope you all enjoyed being part of the ninth Winter Series and look forward to seeing you all at the end of the year for the tenth series!