Mountain Running Home International 2017:
On Sunday 18th June 2017, a team of mountain runners from Northern Ireland were in action at the Mountain Running Home International in Sedbergh, Cumbria (England). The event also incorporated the England Athletics Mountain Running Championships and the British Athletics World Mountain Running Championships trials.
Both the male and female athletes covered a 12.6k route incorporating 866m of ascent; this was a two lap course taking in well known summits of Arant Haw and Winder on each lap).
Newcastle AC’s Zak Hanna was the leading NI competitor for much of the race until the effects of extreme heat set in and the up and coming star was forced to withdraw. Mourne Runners man Timothy Johnston was the first familiar face to cross the finish line in 1:00:27 (18th place). Acorns AC’s Shane Donnelly followed in 1:03:50 (21st place), before David Hicks (Newcastle AC) recorded 1:06:12 for 28th place. The men’s race was won by England’s Chris Smith in 52:11 (1st place).
Ballymena Runners’ Gillian Wasson led the Northern Ireland ladies home in 1:11:51 for 16th place, an excellent effort. The always improving Moire O’Sullivan claimed at top twenty spot in 1:16:17 (19th place) – Ciara Largy (Unattached) followed just sixteen seconds later in 1:16:33 (2oth place), while Paulette Thomson (Newcastle AC) took 22nd place in 1:27:47. The ladies race was won by Katie Walshaw (England) in 1:01:47 (1st place).
Full Results: Mountain Running Home International 2017 Results