Strand­hill packed for Run

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

THE 33rd an­nual War­riors Run took place on Satur­day with 890 run­ners tak­ing part, mak­ing it one of the big­gest races in the event’s history.

Brian McMa­hon stormed to vic­tory with Sarah McCor­mack also in im­pres­sive form, win­ning the ladies race.

Micki Mur­ray, War­riors Run PRO, said it was a bril­liant fes­ti­val.

“We had 890 do­ing it, which was one of the big­gest.

“We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted with how it went.

“The race ran smoothly with some in­clement weather at the be­gin­ning but it didn’t have that much of an ef­fect.

“There was a bit of mist on the moun­tain but there was still good vis­i­bil­ity. The ath­letes did re­ally well and there were some bril­liant times from the win­ners.

“Brian in 52: 51 is prob­a­bly one of the quick­est we’ve ever had.

“Brian won it three years ago and was also sec­ond an­other year, so he is a War­riors reg­u­lar and a pre­vi­ous Moun­tain run­ning cham­pion.

“Martin Bren­nan of Strand­hill was the first lo­cal lad home, he pipped Tur­lough Con­way to the fin­ish line,” Micki added.

“Sarah McCor­mack, who was the ladies win­ner, did fan­tas­tic too and she came in un­der the hour which is a great time.”

John Travers, a teacher in St Bren­dan’s, was sec­ond with St John AC‘ s Jake O’Re­gan third.

Sea­mus Somers of Sligo AC was fourth in a time of 56: 49, an­other fine per­for­mance from him, with Ai­dan McMore­land in fifth place.

Micki said: “There were so many tak­ing part which was great to see.

“There were a lot of teams too run­ning it and a lot did it for char­ity which is bril­liant.

“There were chil­dren’s races on Sun­day and they were good fun with the kids de­lighted to get goodie bags.

“From a com­mit­tee’s point of view, it went re­ally well.

“Thanks to Core Tim­ing too for do­ing the race times.

“We will start plan­ning for 2018 from Novem­ber on­wards,” a de­lighted Micki said.

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