Sperrin Harriers Davagh Forest 10 mile Trail Race & O’Brien 26k Challenge 2017:
On Saturday 16th September 2017, Sperrin Harriers hosted the Davagh 10 mile trail race in Davagh Forest, just outside Cookstown. The event also incorporated the annual O’Brien Challenge, a 26k trail race.
The host club published the following race report…
In the Davagh 10 miler it was Martin Cox (Unattached) who led the way to claim first place in the male category in a time of 1:00:01. In second place was Martin Dobbs of City of Lisburn AC who completed in 1:08:00, while third male home was Cameron Burns (Run Well Team) in 1:13:56. In the ladies, Joanne Howland (Unattached) took first place with a time of 1:27:52, while a battle ensued between Katie Moore of Lurgan club St Peter’s AC and Louise Kelly (Sperrin Harriers) for second place, with Katie taking second in a time of 1:33:50 a matter of seconds ahead of Louise who completed in 1:34:09 as third lady.
In the O’Brien Challenge, Mark Weir of North Down AC was crowned champion, completing the route in a time of 1:51:52. Second male home was Shane McGlone with a time of 1:54:19, while Brendan Gildernew (Sperrin Harriers) put in a great performance to finish as third male in 1:58:30, just ahead of club mate Connor Martin, ensuring the top four completed in under two hours. In the ladies’ race, Karen McLaughlin (Springwell Running Club) was top girl with a time of 2:08:00, while Kathleen Diver of St Peter’s AC claimed second lady in 2:11:54. Third lady to complete was Louise Jones of Dub Runners in 2:24:50.