Athletics: Karen Alexander clocks up another win for Sperrin Harriers

Karen Alexander who claimed yet another victory at the weekend this time at the Moira Cross Country
Karen Alexander who claimed yet another victory at the weekend this time at the Moira Cross Country

Most of the Harriers squad took a break after a busy racing schedule over Christmas and New Year; however, Karen Alexander decided to take part in the Moira XC.

City of Lisburn AC welcomed athletes from across the province to their annual race, in the scenic Moira Demesne in County Down.

Karen held the lead from the start, and dominated the 3 mile race crossing the finish lines in 16:26, with Shileen O’Kane (Lagan Valley) taking 2nd place and Larnes Geraldine Quigley finishing third.

Due to adverse weather conditions, there was no Parkrun at Cookstown MUSA. Other results:- Derry- 6th Martin McGirr 20:17; Armagh- 2nd Neill Campbell 20:58.

Countdown is on to Drum Manor 10k this Saturday.

It’s the next race in Sperrin Harriers Winter League is in the scenic Drum Manor Forest park just outside Cookstown.

This is the third event in the 5 race fixture, registration will take place from 11am with the start at midday. Entry on the day is £5 for club members and £6 for non-affiliated.

The Ccub will require help on the day from members with marshalling, registration etc, therefore even if you are planning to participate, please come along and help out.

Cross Country Update

After six off the eight races in the NI XC league, Sperrin Harriers ladies are certainly making an impact sitting on 35 points in 6th place. With 1 point behind Omagh and 3 behind North Belfast it’s all to run for in the last couple of races. The men’s team also are sitting on 35 points and have moved up a place in the table to 6th place, a few points behind North Belfast.

Next two races are as follows: Saturday 8th February, Enniskillen XC; Saturday 22nd February, Stormont XC Belfast.

Mens Table- City of Derry 86; North Down AC 58; Foyle Valley AC 48; Springwell RC 48; North Belfast Harriers 44; Sperrin Harriers 35; Orangegrove AC 28; Ballymena Runners 26; Annadale Striders 14; Newcastle AC 12; East Down AC 10; Inishowen 3; Lifford AC 2; Lagan Valley AC 2.

Ladies League Table

Springwell RC 87

City of Derry AC 68

North Down AC 52

North Belfast Harriers 39

Omagh Harriers 36

Sperrin Harriers 35

Foyle Valley AC 30

Orangegrove AC 22

Lagan Valley AC 16

Ballymena Runners 15

Dromore AC 10

Co Antrim Harriers 4#

Larne AC 2

East Down AC 2.

Harriers train in Magherafelt at Meadow Bank Sports Arena on a Monday at 6.45pm, and aWednesday at 7.30pm. Cookstown training is at Loughry College on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm.

Watch out for details of the new ‘Beginners To Winners’ programme, due to start on Monday 27th January.

Winter League remaining fixture list:- An Creggan 5M on 1st February, Lough Feagh 10M on 1st March.

Various events are taking place this month, it is essential that members send through their results so that they can be included in our weekly press release.

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

Some Upcoming Athletics NI fixtures:- Drum Manor 10k– Saturday 18th January; Gosford 10k– Saturday 18th January; St Patricks College Dungiven 10k – Saturday 25th January; Lurgan Park XC – Saturday 25th January.