Local athletes impress in the mountains of England and Slovenia:
Over the course of the weekend, local mountain runners impressed in the mountains of England and Slovenia, taking on the European Mountain Running Championships, the Bob Graham Round and the English Mountain Running Championship event at Wasdale Horseshoe Fell Race.
At the European Mountain Running Championships in Slovenia (Saturday 8th July 2017), up and coming athlete Zak Hanna represented Ireland and claimed a very credible 53rd place. The tough route saw Zak and his male team mates cover a 12k course which included 1,295m of ascent. He crossed the line in 1:17:06.
Between Friday 7th and Saturday 8th July 2017, NI men Mark King, Stephen Wallace & Dominic McInerney, all of Newcastle AC, alongside England based athlete Justin Bramall, completed the infamous Bob Graham Round in 23:27:20 – considering this included 42 summits – 66 miles – 26,000ft of ascent, it must be noted as an incredible achievement for the local athletes, who were supported by runners from a variety of clubs across Northern Ireland.
On Saturday 8th July 2017, Mourne Runners athlete Garth McGimpsey took part in the iconic Wasdale Horseshoe Fell Race in Cumbria. The event, which doubled up as an English Championship race, takes in some of the steepest climbs and technical routes that the Lake District has to offer, including the summits of Great Gable and Scafell Pike. Starting in Wasdale, Garth covered the 21.7 mile course (with 8540ft of ascent/descent) in 5:05:14, for 78th position, in a top quality field. Carl Bell (Keswick AC) won in 3:40:53.