Athletics: Good performances from Sperrin Harriers in Bobby Rea XC

The Sperrin Harriers team at the Bobby Rea Cross Country races, which took place at Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor
The Sperrin Harriers team at the Bobby Rea Cross Country races, which took place at Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor

Last Saturday, the NI Cross Country season moved further south to Kilbroney Park near Rostrevor, for the Bobby Rea XC.

The adverse weather conditions had continued during the week and into Saturday, leaving the course conditions very difficult for the runners.

The Harriers were one of the best represented team on the day, with approx 20 runners taking part in the races, which included a 3 and 5 mile distance.

In the ladies race our top finishers were Nuala Kelly, who was the first Harrier to cross the line in 24th place, with Jacqueline Mulligan (34th) and Tanya Black (43rd) not far behind.

In the men’s race, Michael Crawley was the first of the Harriers to finish in an overall 25th place with Sean O’Gara close behind in 30th and Bliadhan Glass finishing in 40th place.

Overall, a very strong performance by everyone who took part, and another superb turnout by the Sperrin Harriers team. Well done “Team Sperrin Harriers”!

The more members we have attending the cross country events, the more points we can score as a team, so please give consideration to participating in future races.

The next Cross Country race is the McConnell Shield at Ballyclare on Saturday 9th November.

Ladies:- 24th- Nuala Kelly 22:07; 33rd- Tommy Harraghy 22:49; 34th- Jacqueline Mulligan 22:50; 43rd- Tanya Black 23:25; 67th- Joanne Bell 25:32; 69th- Nicola Gillespie 25:53; 80th- Louise Kelly 27:29; 88th- Fiona Devlin 29:10; 89th- Denise Campbell 29:30; 99th- Caoilfhionn Quinn 32:52.

Mens’esults: 25th- Michael Crawley 29:52; 30th- Sean O’Gara 30:25; 40th- Bliadhan Glass 31:33; 43rd- Paul McLaughlin 31:56; 46- Neil Campbell 32:08; 57th- Alan Shaw 33:15; 61st- Sam Taylor 33:39; 78th- Toirleach Gourley 35:57; 85th- Kevin Conway 36:46; 97th- Barry O’Neill 39:10.

Enniskillen 5k:- Pierce McCullagh and Russell Bell took part in this event on Friday evening, which had a huge attendance of over 300 runners. Pierce had a brilliant run finishing in 5th place overall and a finish time of 16:40. Russell crossed the line in 61st finishing 21:52. Well done lads!

Chicago Marathon:- Peter McKenna competed in this event last weekend and finished in 4:43, a great achievement. Well done Peter!

Parkrun: Several Harriers took part in the Cookstown run on Saturday, however results have not been published.

Parkrun (Cookstown) continues every Saturday at 9.30am at Mid Ulster Sports Arena, for further info please refer to

The first race of the Winter League takes place this weekend at the new venue – “Davagh Forest”, this is a 10k trail race and should prove an exciting start to the league.

Members are encouraged to come and, if you don’t want to race, any help with registration, course marshalling and post-race refreshments will be much appreciated.

Directions: For anyone using a GPS the Postcode is BT79 8JH. If you are using a GPS check that it is bringing you to Davagh Rd. entrance. (and NOT Bells Quarry entrance which is on Lough Fea side of Davagh Forest) – details on

Winter League fixture list: Davagh Forest (New Venue) 10k on November 2; Lough Feagh 5k on December 14; Drum Manor 10k on January 18; An Creggan 5M on February 1; Lough Feagh 10M on March 1.

“Beginners To Winners” continues at Meadowbank Sports Arena Magherafelt on the running track and welcomes newcomers off all abilities to come along to a ‘relaxed’ ‘no pressure’ environment.

Please come to training on Monday or Wednesday, where one coaches or members will be glad to have a chat with you.

It is essential that members send through their results so that they can be included in our weekly press release.

Please send reports, results, updates Gary McGuckin – contact details are available on club website.

Harriers train in Magherafelt at Meadow Bank Sports Arena on a Monday at 6.45pm, and a Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Cookstown training is at Loughry College on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm.