Sperrin Harriers celebrate a successful year at Awards Night

The biggest date in the Harriers’ calendar, The Annual Awards Night, was hosted in the Greenvale Hotel Cookstown and what a night this was from start to finish.

With a crowd of Harriers all suited, booted and glammed till the nines all trainers were left at home and the dancing shoes were on. After a lovely meal it was time for the speeches and presentation of awards, the first award of the evening was the international award which goes to members who have competed at an international level and of course these awards went to no other than our two finest who have done us proud repersenting N.I. at the cross country championships and that was, Irwin Speirs (aka the legend) and Donal Gallagher.

The second award of the night was one voted by the club members on who they feel has contributed in helping and encouraging members and this was the ‘Members Member Award’ which went very deservingly to the one and only Coach Sean Donnelly for all his hard work and dedication, next up was an award which is decided by the club chairman Francis Purvis and this is the ‘Club member Award’ this award is based on a member who made an outstanding achievement in their running and of course there could only be one person for this and that was Mr. Darren Warnock on his successful year of running all across the country and beyond and his collection of medals and PBs to go with it.

This year saw the first awards which gave members the chance to compete in 2 five mile races and 2 Half Marthons which would go to those with the fastest times.

The Five Mile winners were, Male - Open - Chris McPeake, V/35 - Dairmuaid O’Kane, V/40 - Mel Hughes, V/45 - Paul McLaughlin, V/50 - Paul Martin, V/55 - Trevor Dallas, V/60 - Irwin Speirs. Ladies - Open - Pauline McGurgan, V/35 Angela O’Neill, V/40 - Louise Kelly, V/45 - Monica Mullin, V/50 - Frances C Wilson, V/55 - Bernie McNally.

Half Marathon winners were, Male - Open - Aaron Meharg, V/35 - Fergal Mulgrew, V/40 - Alan Shaw, V/45 - Paul McLaughlin, V/50 - Martin Donaghy, V/55 - Trevor Dallas. Ladies - Open - Joanne Bell, V/35 - Tanya Black, V/40 - Louise Kelly, V/45 - Monica mullin.

Well done to everyone on what was definitley a fantastic year for the club. Afterwards there was plenty of celebrating with music from the band hype with some dance moves busted giving everyone a chance to clock up a few miles on the dance floor.

Saturday also saw a good few Harriers competing in the very popular Park Runs, and yet again smashing through with great times -

Citypark Run in Craigavon results - 1st Donal Gallagher - 17.21, 4th Mel Hughes - 18.52 (first parkrun), 7th Neil Campbell - 19.31, 16th Darren Warnock - 21.12 (first parkrun), 24th Russell Bell - 23.21.

Portrush Parkrun - Gregory Cahoon 4th position - 20.24 (first parkun), great running guys on such a cold and frosty morning!

Saturday 8th December will see in our 3rd winter league trail race at Drum Manor, this is a tough, challenging 10k trail route which will finish a years racing in style. Registration opens at 11am and the race will kick of at twelve noon, £3 affilated and £4 non-affilated, refersehments wil be served afterwards. Hope to see you all there.

Also congratulations are in order for Karen Alexander who ran the 10 miler at Annalong in aid of the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team. Karen was 1st lady to cross the finish of the hilly course.

Training continues every week at Cookstown and Magherafelt, Cookstown on a Tuesday and Thursday at Loughrey at 6.30pm and Monday and Wednesday at Medowbank at 7pm (on the road Monday night and Track session Wednesday night) also dont forget track session on Saturday 10.30am great way to help with ur speed. We cater for all abilites,new members always welome