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HILL & DALES - RACE 2 - TOLLYMORE

Weather conditions were perfect for the 2nd race of the Hill and Dale Series with 11 Newry AC athletes footing the start line and four finishing in the top 20.

This was a 4.2 mile forest and open mountain race with just over 1,000 ft of climb. The race began at the stone monument and took 288 competing athletes down along the Shimna River before the calf busting long climb up the “chute” to the highest point of the Forest Park - from there the wall stile was negotiated with a run along flat bogland before ascending the hill with no name. A tricky sharp descent then of the hill is made and a technical and fast run down through forest trail to return to the final 200m cruel hill climb to the finish line is made.

Warren Cartmill receiving prize for 1st MV45 placing at “The Wall” Duathlon at Silent Valley
Warren Cartmill receiving prize for 1st MV45 placing at “The Wall” Duathlon at Silent Valley

Esther Dickson was out with full determination to take top lady and gain top points and she successfully gained that target beating challenger Karen Wilson by 14 places. 3 Female athletes gained top placings for the 2nd week in a row with Esther taking 1st overall female, Ciara Coffey 1st FV40 and Meadow McCauley 1st Female Junior. In the mens race, Maurice Harte was first in for Newry AC in 13th overall placing and Warren Cartmill came in 39th taking 2nd MV45 placing.

The overall results for all 11 athletes were:

Maurice Harte - 13th, 33:50

Rory Mulvaney - 16th 34:06

Esther Dickson - 1st Female, 18th overall 34:31

Aidan Murray - 19th 34:35

Adam Ervine - 33rd 36:07

Warren Cartmill - 39th & 2nd MV45 36:34

Ciara Coffey - 71st & 1st Female 40 39:25

Sarah Quinn - 76th 39:40

Meadow McCauley - 113th & 1st Female Junior 42:45

David Hughes - 208th 49:26

Joanne McCauley - 232rd 51:26.

The next event will be a technical and tough forest and open mountain race over Slieve Martin commencing in Kilbroney Forest Park.

26 EXTREME - ADVENTURE DUATHLON - “THE WALL’

On Saturday the annual Duathlon “The Wall” was hosted by 26 Extreme in the idyllic setting of the Silent Valley. Warren Cartmill was the sole Newry AC athlete brave enough to take on and join 84 competitors in this challenge. This was after a great performance at the Hill and Dales on Thursday evening.

This was a challenging duathlon in the hot conditions. The first section was a 3km run starting in Silent Valley and took the athletes through a mix of gravel and tarmac nature trails. Then a 45km cycle ensued following an anticlockwise direction heading for Newcastle passing Donard Park continuing onto Byransford up by Fofanny Dam before returning down the Moyadd and Head Road to the Silent Valley. At this point the athletes changed back to foot to run a final 15km race turning left out of Silent Valley towards Carrick Little Car Park before passing through the Annalong Valley between Slieve Binnian and Slieve Lamagan and descending steeply down to Ben Reservoir.

Maurice Harte at the Hill & Dales Race in Tollymore. Photograph: John Ewing Photography
Maurice Harte at the Hill & Dales Race in Tollymore. Photograph: John Ewing Photography

Warren finished in 14th place and lifted the 1st prize in the MV45 category.

Esther Dickson coming home as 1st Female at the Hill & Dales Race in Tollymore. Photograph: John Ewing Photography
Esther Dickson coming home as 1st Female at the Hill & Dales Race in Tollymore. Photograph: John Ewing Photography

ROSTREVOR PARKRUN

It was a family affair the Patterson clan on Saturday morning, with 2 of the family clocking great personal bests.

The clan of 7 Newry AC athletes took on the dry and very warm conditions to complete one of the most challenging but beautiful Parkruns in the country. Young Ethan maintained his consistent Parkrun performances by coming in 2nd place with a great time of 20:30. His brother, Ryan came in shortly behind him in 9th position and a PB time of 22:27. Pierce came in 19th with 25:45; Myles came in 30th with 28:06; mum Fiona came 33rd with 29:02 and sister Erin gained a new PB of 32:08 with dad Martin following in with 32:30.

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