Last week Sperrin Harriers attended various race meetings and were out in force at the SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon on Sunday 30th. They also attended a variety of Parkruns.
On Saturday 29th the Knockmany Running Club hosted this challenging race at Knockmany Forest, Clogher, County Tyrone. The event was held in aid of the Chest Heart and Stroke charity.
Sperrin Harrier Emma Rice showed the fine form she is in on finishing as the first female overall. Many congratulations to her on a thoroughly well deserved result.
On Sunday 30th 19,500 took to the start line of this year’s much anticipated SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon. It was a day made memorable by the sheer size of the event, matched only by the scale of the participants’ dedication and determination. The course consisted of a single lap, starting and finishing close to the centre of Ireland’s world famous capital city, on a day which provided fine running conditions. The event was a poignant one given that it was an objective of the late Fergal Mulgrew to complete, and he was in the minds of all who knew him as they took on the 26.2 miles challenge just over two weeks after his loss.
The Harriers had a strong showing with almost 40 members taking part. Pierce McCullagh was first Harrier home finishing 13th in his age category in 2:40:06, an extraordinary performance which placed him 63rd in a talent laden and tenacious field of competitors. That it was his first marathon made the achievement all the more remarkable, heralding the beginning of an outstanding day for Sperrin Harriers. Brian Taggart produced a characteristically impressive showing, coming home in 2:51:00, with Connor Martin scoring a personal best of 2:58:19. Marty McDermott joined them soon afterwards with a personal best of his own in 2:58:43, completing the exceptional quartet of Harrier men to finish under the three hour mark.
Paul McLaughlin registered his own formidable time when he crossed the line in 3:09:08, followed by Joe Loughran in 3:31:31; Anne Marie McKernan, the first Harrier lady, in 3:36:54, followed by Tanya Quinn in 3:41:16; and then the in form Nicola Gillespie, with a great personal best, in 3:44:51. Gregory Cahoon completed his 26th marathon and his eleventh of the year in a time of 3:45 and Kieran Campbell was the next Harrier home in 3:45:28, pursued by Paul Fearon (3:49:04); Leon McKee (3:50:09); Mark Thom, with a splendid personal best by 7 minutes, in 3:51:16; Patsy Hughes, who enjoyed a tremendous first marathon, in 3:51:17; and Joanne Bell (3:53:26).
Kevin Heenan ended his inaugural marathon well under the four hour mark in 3:55:32, followed by Kay Devlin (3:55:44) who partnered Emily Magowan, to achieve the great time of 3:55:44 in her first marathon. Damien McCaffrey was next in on 3:56:22, followed by Paula Eastwood (3:58:28) and Russell Bell, with a personal best below four hours, in 3:59:16. Deirdre Conway clocked up a personal best of 4:06:00 in her 36th marathon while Darren Warnock (4:06:24) wracked up marathon 81, both remarkable performances given that both had just ran the Armagh Directors Marathon “Take 2” on Wednesday.
Stephanie Henry completed the crowd laden Dublin course in 4:08:51, followed by Jane Thom (4:09:52); Roddy McIvor (4:12:20); Martin Donaghy (4:12:21); Michael McCrory (4:25:07); Gavin O’Hagan (4:35:06); Barry O’Neill (4:36:16); Fiona Atkinson (4:39:14) and Carla Fowley (4:43:23). Roisin Martin completed her first half marathon in 4:43:47, while Thomas McDonald, completed a memorable 104th and final marathon in 4:59:56; and Linda Heenan triumphed over injury to finish her first marathon in 5:29:09.