Harriers out in force at Navan Fort

Some of the Sperrin Harriers who ran the Armagh 10 Miler on Sunday
Some of the Sperrin Harriers who ran the Armagh 10 Miler on Sunday

Although was a fairly quiet weekend, a sizeable number of Sperrin Harriers were out competing, with the main race being in Armagh.

Seventeen Harriers travelled to Armagh on Sunday to take part in this popular event which took place in unusually warm weather conditions for the time of year. The 10 mile course took the runners from the Navan Centre into the edge of the city and then out the Battleford Road.

After making their way over the hills along this road the runners turned into Knappagh Road, then onto Elm Park Road and finally onto Killylea Road for the return journey to the Navan Centre.

Paul Conway was the first Harrier home in a great time of 64.05, next in was Damien Kerr on 75.11, closely followed by Toirleach Gourley in 75.29. They were joined by Barry O’Neill (76.06), Patsy Hughes (76.46), Russell Bell (77.24) and Dean Corey making a return to competitive running, on 79.04.

Ciara Coyle was the first Lady Harrier back in 79.39, with Tony O’Neill and Roddy McIvor finishing in 80.28 and 80.54 respectively. Louise Kelly put in a strong performance to finish in 87.27, knocking three minutes off her previous personal best.

Andrea Linton was the next lady Harrier to finish in 92.16 and she was joined by Thomas McDonald who finished on a personal best of 94.08. Deirdre Conway, who piloted the Harrier bus to the event, finished comfortably in 96.56. Roisin Martin finished strongly to take third in the F55 category in a time of 98.50, while Maureen Mallon completed the Harriers representation.

In the 4 mile race Harrier David Moan completed in a great time of 25 minutes.

Harrier Tommy Harraghy represented the club in the Algarve, Portugal on Saturday, completing a long 10K (6.64M) in a time of 45.27.

Mark Reid 18.50, Ciaran Donaghy 19.30(PB), Martin Donaghy 20.57, Toirleach Gourley 21.02, Paul Fearon 22.50, Ilythia King 26.36, Martin Quinn 26.39, Bernie Sonner 32.36, Megan Reid 32.52, Niamh McLaughlin 34.09, Michele Eastwood 34.16, Jacinta Morgan 37.47, Teresa O’Neill 40.18 Gavin Wylie 19.55, Stephen McWilliams 28.23

GR8 Dundrum Run 8M on Saturday 18th October @ 1pm

NI Masters Open Cross Country 6K & 8K on Saturday 18th October @ 2pm

Amsterdam Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K on Sunday 19th October

Any member intending to participate in any of the above races is asked to send details in advance to pro.sperrinharriers@gmail.com to ensure inclusion in weekly report.

Only two weeks to the first race in our winter league trail series. First race is Davagh 10K on 1st November, followed by Lough Fea 5K on 6th December, Drum Manor 10K on 17th January 2015, An Creagan 5M on 31st January 2015 and Lough Fea 10M on 28th February 2015.

Train in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Training continues as usual at 6.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Loughry. Anyone wishing to train on Sunday morning can contact Sean Donnelly.