Warriors Run takes place
THE Warriors Run in Strandhill, now in its 33rd year, saw over 889 hardy souls taking part on Saturday.
There were huge crowds lining the roads in support of the runners, the biggest crowd ever to take part in the event.
The Warriors Run sees top athletes from across the country coming to Sligo for the event and once again the contest was immense on Saturday.
The participants raced from a packed Strandhill village to the Cairn on top of a slippy and wet Knocknarea, an ascent and descent of 1033 feet.
There was a fascinating battle between Clonliffe Harriers’ Brian McMahon, Irish Mountain runner of the year in 2011, and track specialist John Travers, a 1500M finalist in the European Indoor Championships in Serbia this year.
It was McMahon who led from the start at the beachfont and he was closely pursued by Travers, a teacher in St Brendan’s Primary school.
On the mountain, McMahon opened up almost 40 seconds on his pursuer and, despite Travers immense road speed, the gap was just too wide to bridge allowing McMahon to win by 15 seconds in a time of 52: 51.
For the second year in succession St John AC‘ s Jake O’Regan was third in 56: 15. Sligo AC’s Seamus Somers was 4th in 56: 49 with Aidan McMoreland 5th in 57: 52.
In the female section, specialist mountain runner Sarah McCormack was the first lady home in 59: 28.
Sarah McCormack was also part of the Irish team that won gold at the European Cross Country Championships back in 2012.
Heather Foley was second in 64: 39 with Deirdre Galvin 3rd in 1: 10: 54.
In the Junior 5K Run, Sligo AC runner Michael Morgan was first in 17: 00.
Core Timing were overseeing the times, with the Warriors Run committee praising everyone who took part in the race.
The festival continued for the entire weekend with a funfair for the children.
On Sunday, it was the younger athletes who were participating in the junior races, which were also well attended.
Warriors Run PRO Micki Murray thanked all the volunteers who helped out.
He added: “It was a brilliant success and well done to all the runners and walkers who took part.
“All of the committee are delighted with how it went,” he added.
Brian McMahon, first to cross the finish line of the Warriors Run.
Hundreds of runners completed the Warriors Run.
And they’re off, the race gets underway.
Local runners Alan Dunleavey, Billy Leahy, Shane Meehan, Colin Burke and Fergal Tiernan.
First Lady Sarah McCormack with her medal.
Fiona Gallagher, Joe Gallagher, Finley Gallagher, Shauna Gallagher and Fiona Lenehan.
Sarah Wood- Martin, Matthew McMeekin and Aoife Egan.
Roisin Moyles andJamie Henderson.