Omagh Harriers running their 3rd magic mile at Youth Sport Omagh was run in near perfect condition in mid August with near forty runners taking to the track. Four laps of the 400metre track was what they had to do. In the first race Darragh Ward running in fine form winning the under 12 section in a time of 6.23min. Next race up was the under 16 along with some of the senior men and what a race we had with Terry Canning and Cathoir Donnelly leading from the start, with Terry leading for the 1st three laps until Cathoir took the lead with 300metres to go but Terry dug deep again in the last 100 metres to win by one second in 5.15min with Cathoir a second back and so Cathoir taking 1st under 16 and Toni Moore getting 2nd under 16 in a time of 5.44min and Tom Quinn getting 3rd in 5.55min.
Next race up was the junior men and 1st over the line was Niall Heaney in 6min closely followed by Ben McMackin in 6.02min. The third race of the night was the elite race featuring some of our top local runners, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. A great battle for first and second place between Conor Moore last year’s winner, Paul Barbour and Ciaran Collins quickly developed. With Ciaran setting the pace in the first two laps followed by Paul and Conor using their experience to tuck in behind until in the 3rd lap when Paul made the push taking the lead and holding on to take 1st place in record time 2.43min collecting the Bobby Collins School Of Motoring Shield for the fastest male with Ciaran on his heels 2.43.8min with Conor one second back 2.44.6min. Pierce Mc Cullagh and Conor McCullagh were a further second back on 2.46min with Brian Mc Gread just behind 5.07min and Chris McGuigan 5.17min.
Julie Butler collecting the Peter Gormley Sports Massage Shield for fastest female running in the elite race she did a time of 5:38min. The club would also like to thank Bradley’s Pharmacy for sponsoring prizes on the night, Dessi McAleer for providing the time clock for the precise timing, youth Sport for teas and coffee and Omagh Tri Club for joining with us on the night to make it an enjoyable and competitive occasion for the third successive year.
Other races for the harriers was the Rathlin Half marathon were Terry Canning got 6th place in 83min, Richard Shannon 90min and Patricia Campbell getting 3rd female in a time of 1.43hrs. This being one of the tougher half courses around the north.