Hundreds turn out for Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile Road Race and Ards Lions 5 mile Road Race:
On Friday 4th August 2017, well over three hundred athletes turned out for the annual Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile road race in Cookstown, an event hosted by Sperrin Harriers.
Interestingly, the race was re-named the Stanley Reid Memorial back in 2014 in memory of the first ever race director of the event. Race HQ, including the start and finish was within the expansive Loughry College. The course itself covered a 5 mile loop and was reasonably fast barring an early hill, and therefore boasted excellent personal best potential.
The continually improving Vincent McAlister (Unattached) made full use of the good course as he yet again made his mark on the local scene with an excellent win. Vincent saw off Acorns AC star Eoin Hughes to seal top honours in 27:12 (1st place). Eoin then followed in 27:31 (2nd place), before the host club’s Brian Taggart (Sperrin Harriers) recorded 28:39 for 3rd place.
There was further success for the host club in the ladies race, with Sperrin Harriers athletes dominating the podium. Angela O’Neill led the way in 33:09 (1st place), finishing just four seconds ahead of club mate Emma Rice, who ran 33:13 for 2nd place. Sinead Currie completed the top three in 34:41 (3rd place).
Full Results: Stanley Reid Memorial 5 mile Road Race 2017 Results
In County Down, nearly two hundred competitors took on the Ards Lions 5 mile road race in Newtownards (Friday 4th August 2017).
Taylor Glover from Morpeth Harriers & AC broke the tape in 27:22 (1st place), finishing just under a minute ahead of runner up, Glen Taylor (Ballydrain Harriers) who clocked 28:19 for 2nd place. Larne AC’s David Noble continued his good recent form when he claimed 3rd place in 29:06.
Another in-from athlete, Amanda Perry (Ballydrain Harriers), continued her excellent run of podium places when she led the ladies home in 32:30 (1st place). Alison Stocks (Ballydrain Harriers) covered the distance in 34:15, taking 2nd place – Former Northern Ireland Masters XC international Roberta Dornan (North Down AC) was a welcome addition to the podium when she recorded 34:38 for 3rd place.
Full Results: Ards 5 mile Road Race 2017 Results