Local athletes claim podium places in Scotland:
On Saturday 5th August 2017, four Northern Ireland athletes took part in the popular Devil O’ the Highlands 43 mile ultra-distance event in the Scottish highlands.
The race, which is connected to the famous ‘Highland Fling’ and covers what would be considered as the second half of the famous West Highland Way trail from Tyndrum to Fortwilliam (the Highland Fling covers the first part). The 2017 edition, also incorporated the Scottish Ultra Marathon Championships.
In good running conditions, Irish international athlete and former Scottish Ultra Champion Eoin Lennon (Carnethy HRC) raced well. Up against a man in-form, Rob Sinclair (recently crowned WHW Race Champion in a new course record), Eoin pushed the pace with the Scot until after the half-way mark, eventually taking 2nd place in an impressive 5:31:15. Rob Sinclair went on to win in a time of 5:12:21 (1st place).
In the ladies race, Northern Ireland natives, Angela Speight (Cardiff AC) and Kelly-Anne Speight (Omagh Harriers) shared 3rd place on the podium, finishing together in 7:01:08, again against good quality opposition.
Orangegrove AC ultra enthusiast Michael O’Donoghue took 217th place in 11:21:18.
Elsewhere this weekend…
In England on the same day, Northern Ireland’s Wiola Gorman narrowly missed a podium place at the North Downs Way 100, a 103 mile trail race (incorporating 3025m of ascent) along the North Downs Way from Farnham in the Surrey Hills to Ashford in Kent.
Wiola came through the field well to claim 4th place in the competitive ladies field, crossing the line in 24:50:04. The race was won by Mari Mauland in 19:35:52 (1st place).