Nine Sperrin Harriers complete the London Marathon

THE London Marathon took place on Sunday, with nine Sperrin Harriers members making the weekend trip to the event.

The last few months of hard work surely paid off once everyone was on the course and passing landmarks like the Millennium Dome, Tower Bridge and Big Ben, to name but a few.

With weather conditions near perfect, and much warmer than NI, the team reported that getting used to running in the warmer temperatures was a challenge, as all training had taken place in either cold or mild conditions.

Nevertheless, everyone made it to the finish, and it was Aidan O’Hagan who ran a tremendous race and broke the 3 hour barrier with a finishing time of 2.53, next was Dermot McElhinney in 3.14, followed by Paul McLaughlin in 3.27. Raymond (Sun Tan) Tomb had a great run in 3.32, closely followed by Gary Coleman 3.36 and Gary Ward 3.37. The final 3 Harriers to cross the line were Martin Donaghy 3.44, Paul (Doc) Martin 3.47 and Darren Warnock in 3.55. Congratulations and well done to everyone who took part!

Gortin 10k

Well done to Eoin Loughlin who took part in the Beragh 10k and finished in 10th place in a time of 41.23.

Titanic Quarter 10K

SIX Sperrin Harriers made the trip to Belfast for the annual TQ 10k, first Harrier home was Ashley Hughes in 39.29, followed by Russell Bell in 45.48. First lady home for the club was Ciara Coyle in 46.52, followed by Nicola Gillespie 51.59, Deidre Conway 52.33, and Louise Kelly 53.23. Well done everyone!

Cooley Legends Half Marathon

Last Saturday Karen Alexander travelled to Carlingford, County Louth (Ireland) for the Cooley Legends Half Marathon. This event is organised by the Setanta Triathlon Club and attracted participants from as far away as Germany, Algeria, the USA and Hungary. Karen continued on her winning streak, taking the ladies 1st overall prize by completing the event in 1.34, and also finished 7th overall. Well done again Karen.

Inishowen Half Marathon

Martin McGirr and Gary McGuckin made the trip to Buncrana in Co Donegal on Sunday morning for the Inishowen Half Marathon. Conditions shortly into the race were storm like, with rain and hail coming in from the Atlantic, on top of this a testing course with quite a few hills was in front of them. Regardless of the conditions Martin completed the course in 1.36, with Gary not far behind in 1.39.

Stunnerz In Runnerz

Sperrin Harriers are proud to announce the second year running of the very successful ‘LADIES ONLY STUNNERZ IN RUNNERZ’ sponsored by JK Coaches. This event is due to take place on Saturday 15th June 2013 at Meadowbank Sports Arena Magherafelt at 12pm. This event covers a distance of 5 miles and gives all Ladies a choice to Walk, Jog or Race.

This is certain once again to be a fun filled ‘ girly day out’, the day will include a D.J. playing all your favourite tunes and also a dance warm-up to get you motivated at the start line, first 200 entrants will receive a ‘Stunnerz in Runnerz’ t.shirt and a girly goody bag. Afterwards you can avail of stalls showing their ware and fare, massage, reflexology and the famous Sperrin Harriers buffet for all to enjoy.

We will also have a raffle on the day with lots of great prizes all in aid of our chosen charity, NI Cancer Focus. This event is open for all ladies to come out in force and enjoy the experience, one not be missed. So whether you’re the very beginner to the experienced competitive runner this event caters for all and it is guaranteed to be full of fun. On-line registration is now open, £11 for affiliated and £13 for non-affiliated.

Please visit our website to register you can also register on the day from 10am until 11.45am. Please check out our Sperrin Harriers Facebook page and keep an eye out in the local press over the next few weeks for upcoming information, put this date on your calendar. Saturday 15th June, we will look forward to seeing all you lovely ladies there. Walk, Jog, Race YOU set the pace!

Results and upcoming events

In order to ensure that all race results and events are captured in time for our weekly press release, Members are advised to ensure that they send through their times, reports, updates Francis Purvis or Gary McGuckin – contact details are available on the club website.


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

Cookstown training takes place at Loughry College on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 6.30pm.

Beginners and new members are welcome, as we cater for all abilities.

For those people interesting in a long training run, Sean Donnelly helps co-ordinate these at the weekend, so please keep an eye on Facebook and the Club Website for details.