War­riors Run takes place

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

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.

Pics: Donal Hack­ett.

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.

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