Eighty run­ners scale Su­gar­loaf

Bray People - - News - Mary FOG­A­RTY

WHILE St. Stephen’s Day is for many a time of rest to re­cover from days of fes­tive overindul­gence, for 80 keen run­ners this year, it was a day for scal­ing the Su­gar­loaf for the an­nual Charles Bar­ring­ton Memo­rial Race.

The race is held to com­mem­o­rate Bray man Bar­ring­ton who was the first man to climb the in­fa­mous Eiger in Switzer­land, and also or­gan­ised the first ever moun­tain race in Ire­land on the Su­gar­loaf.

Swiss Am­bas­sador Beat Loeliger togged out, and com­mem­o­rated the 150th an­niver­sary of Bar­ring­ton’s climb of the Eiger with an im­pres­sive time of 53 min­utes 56 sec­onds.

Rath­farn­ham man Peter O’Far­rell emerged supreme af­ter the group lined up at the foot of the moun­tain on what was a cold and bright day. Top Ir­ish women’s in­ter­na­tional Edel Mooney took first in the women’s race.

With a blast from an an­tique gun bran­dished by Bar­ring­ton’s great great grand nephew Ron, the brightly coloured field shot off tackle the tricky climb.

O’Far­rell swept to victory in 28 min­utes and 38 sec­onds. Paul Nolan came a close sec­ond, and Bernard For­tune third.

The first Wick­low man home was Redcross na­tive Ben Mangan, who took fifth over­all. Liz Ryan from Bray was the first Wick­low woman home.

Cllrs Caro­line Bur­rell, and David Grant, Wick­low Her­itage Fo­rum and its Chair­man Noel Keyes, Bray Town coun­cil, Kil­macanogue GAA and Ron Bar­ring­ton were amongst those help­ing the Ir­ish Moun­tain Run­ning As­so­ci­a­tion to put the race to­gether.

The Civil De­fence and Or­der of Malta also pro­vided their in­valu­able ser­vices on the day, and soup and sand­wiches in the Glen­cor­mac Inn went down a treat later on that af­ter­noon amongst weary sprint­ers and helpers.

Race win­ner Peter O’Far­rell.

Gerry Brady was in fourth place.

Sixth-placed Tim Grummell.

Maria Dolan in full flight dur­ing the race on St. Stephen’s Day.

Paul Nolan claimed sec­ond place.

Bernard For­tune was third.

Ben Mangan came in fifth place.

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