Run 4 Rescue 10 mile / 10k 2017:
On Saturday 4th November 2017, a mix of road and mountain runners gathered in the County Down village of Annalong for the annual Running 4 Rescue 10 mile and 10k races. The events, which are organised as a fundraiser for the much valued Mourne Mountain Rescue Team, are hosted by local club Mourne Runners.
The 10 mile race kicked off proceedings, with athletes completing a loop of the village and coastal trail before climbing away from the shoreline to Dunnywater Wood.
From the gun, local man Andrew Annett (North Belfast Harriers) and defending champion William McKee (Mourne Runners) moved clear, followed by Justin Maxwell (East Coast AC) and Mourne Runners pair Richard Bell and Richard Hanna, who led the chasing pack. As the participants moved onto the scenic coastal path, Andrew began to extend what was initially a small gap, whilst William remained clear of Justin. Hazel McLaughlin (Lagan Valley AC) led the ladies early on, with Joanne Graham (Mourne Runners) and Donna Daly (Newcastle AC) contesting the runners up spot.
At the Dunnywater turning point (6.5 miles) the placings hadn’t changed and ultimately didn’t on the predominantly downhill finish, with Andrew crossing the line in an impressive 55:40 (1st place). William followed in 59:40 for 2nd place, while Justin secured the final podium place in 1:01:33 (3rd place).
It was a similar story in the ladies race, with early leader Hazel McLaughlin excelling. The Lagan Valley AC athlete extended her lead as the race progressed, taking victory in 1:16:30 (1st place). In a close finish between Donna and Joanne, it was Donna who edged what was an excellent race – the Newcastle AC athlete took 2nd place in 1:18:39, followed by Joanne in 1:18:56 (3rd place).
In the associated 10k race, it was the speedy Gordy Graham (Mourne Runners) and an in-form Sarah Graham (Mourne Runners) who took the wins, over what was a challenging village and coastal route.
Full results will be added as soon as possible.