Sperrin Harriers 5 mile Classic honours founder member Stanley Reid:
Sperrin Harriers are proud to announce the running of its annual Cookstown 5 mile classic sponsored by Kristen Luxury Bathrooms Limited on Friday 1st August 2014 at 7.30pm.
This year the race has been re-named in memory of Stanley Reid, founder of the race and original Chairman of Cookstown Harriers, the club which reformed to become Sperrin Harriers. Stanley Reid only took up running in 1995 at the age of 60, and although late to the sport of running, was a natural. He completed the Belfast and Dublin marathons within his first year of running and was to become a regular at the Belfast Marathon, as well as completing the Boston Marathon. He regularly attended the Cross Country races and had the great honour representing Northern Ireland in the Masters Cross Country on several occasions.
Stanley was the driving force behind the staging of the first Cookstown 5 mile Classic in 2002. The race was a great success and has become a permanent fixture on the Athletics Calendar. Stanley sadly passed away on 14th October 2012. He was gentleman and a real inspiration to the running fraternity, and is deeply missed by everyone who knew him.
The race will once again take place at Loughry Campus which is sited just off the main Dungannon Road and a chip timing system will be in operation. The race will be run over the course first ran in 2013.
The course starts and finishes within the grounds of the campus with the majority of it on the quite open country roads around Cookstown. This race is suitable for all abilities, whether you have just started running or are an established runner. The course is undulating but fast and therefore a quick time is guaranteed to anyone taking part. Race entry is £11.00 affiliated and £13.00 un-affiliated. The first 250 entries will receive Light Weight Technical Running T-Shirt. Online registration is now available at www.sperrinharriers.co.uk/stanley-reid-5m-classic/ – Registration on the day opens at 5.30pm and will close at 7:15pm sharp.
Just like last year there will be a Fun Run/Walk beginning at 6.30pm with registrations being taken from 5.30pm. The Fun Run/Walk takes place within the confines of Loughry Campus with no traffic on the course and thus is suitable for all the family both young and old, making the event a perfect family evening outing. In keeping with the fun element no times or placings will be recorded. Entry to the Fun Run/Walk is £3.00 per person with no age restrictions. Following both races there will be the now renowned Sperrin Harriers post race buffet and the presentation of prizes, with places in lots of categories being recognised. It promises to be a great evening. Hope to see there!