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Weekend Preview


Harriers will be sending a strong squad to the Cookstown 5 mile Road Race promoted by Sperrin Harriers.

Alan O’Hara and Darryl Blair are making the journey and will feature at the top end of the race.

Alan O'Hara could be favourite in the absence of Stephen Scullion

Last year’s winner Cathy McCourt will be favourite again for the women’s race should she run. Stephen Scullion may also run and will be favourite if he does.

The course is pb friendly so we’re expecting some decent times by the travelling stags. This is a great race run over rolling country roads and Sperrin put on an excellent post race spread. Showering facilities are available.

Start time 7.30pm.

More information on the race here: http://www.sperrinharriers.co.uk/news/read.php?id=80


The Ards Charity 5 Mile Road Race is promoted by Ards Borough Council and is the final event in their three race series which included the Ards Half Marathon and Portaferry 10.

There is a steep incline in the first mile but runners make some time back with a downhill last mile.

Jim Benson, Stevie Walker and a small contingent from the club are travelling to this event.

Start time 7pm in Londonderry Park.

More information on the race here: http://www.ards-council.gov.uk/leisure-centres/ards-half-marathon/ards-triple-series.php


The third race on Friday night is the Carlingford 5km.

In the absence of Paul Blaney organising a post race pub crawl, Harrier numbers may be down on last year.

However, Conor Curran is making the journey in the hunt for a fast work out before travelling to Birmingham the next day where he will represent Northern Ireland Masters over 3000m on Sunday.

Run over a fast, flat course taking in the town centre, the Carlingford 5km has attracted big names for the last 5-6 years. With 2000 euros in cash prizes on offer, it could tempt some of Ireland’s elite runners.

The “fast finishing” Eoin McQuillan and new recruit Judi Graham are also making the journey down.

Start time is 8pm.

More information on the Carlingford 5km here: http://www.glenmoreac.com/


Gladys Ganiel will also race south of the border this weekend when competing in the AnnaGassan Viking 10km run on Saturday.

This is the first year of the race which starts in Annagassan, takes in a coastal route and finishes at the foot of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains.

Again, there is generous prize money on offer with 200 euros to the mens’ and womens’ winners – and we’re sure Gladys’s piggy bank will be a bit heavier come Saturday night.

More information on the Annasgassan 10km here: http://www.runireland.com/events/annagassan-viking-10k-run


Finally, for anyone not interested in Friday night racing, there is always the popular Park Run 5km on Saturday morning.

Overall leader Damien Gill is due to take part along with the regular Saturday morining Harrier regulars.

Start time is 9.30am.

More information on the Waterworks Park Run here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/waterworks/home