Davagh Forest 10k Trail Run

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Davagh Forest 10k Trail Run thumbnailChris Millar, Ciara Toner, Thomas Moore, Monica McCarthy, Michael Johnson, Pamela Howe, Andrew Wilmot, Karen McLaughlin, Emma Jamison, Peter Jack, Julie Ann Miller pictured at Davagh Forest. Photo bombing by Frankie Rea (North Down AC).

SATURDAY, December 10, saw the start of the very popular Sperrin Harriers Winter League trail series with the first event at Davagh Forest, close to Cookstown in County Tyrone.
This trail series is now into its eighth year and as always attracted athletes from all across the province.
The cool, calm weather of Saturday made for perfect running conditions and it was Johnny Steede (Glens Runners) who made the most of them, leading from the start on this testing course to win in a time of 35.01.
Eoin Hughes (Acorns AC) tracked Johnny all of the way but was unable to close the gap finishing second in 35.52. Michael Crawley (City of Derry AC) completed the podium places finishing in 36.16.
In the ladies race Karen Alexander (Acorns AC) was the convincing winner in 39.58 with Ciara Toner (Springwell RC) second in 44.11.
The third place was closely contested with Anne Paul (City of Derry AC) 45.02, claiming it by only one second from Karen McLaughlin (Springwell RC) 45.03.
Springwell RC - Chris Millar 20th 40.49, Thomas Moore 44th 43.41, Ciara Toner 47th (2nd lady) 44.11, Karen McLaughlin 52nd (4th lady) 45.03, Andrew Wilmot 100th 50.40, Michael Johnson 102nd 50.57, Peter Jack 103rd 51.00, Monica McCarthy 118th 53.09, Paul Dornan 136th 54.49, Pamela Howe 138th 54.57, Majella McAteer 148th 56.42, Julie Ann Miller 151st 57.04, Margaret Kearney 165th 63.08, Fergal Mackle 168th 64.43, Kathleen McNicholl 170th 66.38. Emma Jamison unfortunately had to retire injured from the race.
Park Runs
Apart from the slight headwind on the return leg of the course, conditions were as near to perfect as you can get for this time of year.


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