Paddy Hamilton continues to impress…
On Sunday 20th April 2017, local man Paddy Hamilton (Slieve Gullion Runners) produced an impressive person to lead a 1,600 strong field home at the Boyne 10k in Drogheda, Ireland.
Paddy followed up his winning performance at last weeks Dundalk 10k, when he recorded 32:01 for 1st place. Full results for the event can be found HERE.
North West 10k (Letterkenny, Ireland):
Elsewhere on Sunday 30th April 2017, there was a sizable Northern Ireland contingent at the North West 10k in Letterkenny, County Donegal (Ireland). Donegal club Letterkenny AC dominated proceedings, particularly the ladies race. The men’s event was won by Eoghain McGinley (Letterkenny AC) in 32:44 (1st place), with Mark McPaul (Finn Valley AC) securing 2nd place in 33:15. Emerging athlete Vincent McAlister (Unattached), who performed well throughout the Sperrin Harriers Winter League Series, crossed the line in 33:53 for 3rd place.
In the ladies event, Fionnuala Diver (Letterkenny AC) took top honours in 38:31, while her Letterkenny AC club mates Noeleen Scanlon (39:42) and Nikita Burke (41:19) sealed 2nd place and 3rd place respectively.
3 Peaks Mountain Race (England):
Further afield, on Saturday 29th April 2017, several Northern Ireland based athletes travelled to Yorkshire to participant in the iconic ‘3 Peaks’ race. The event starts in Horton, takes in the summits of Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough before returning to the finish line in the countryside town (Horton). With in-excess of 23 miles and approximately 1,600 metres of ascent and descent, this race provided a good test for the local competitors.
Northern Ireland international Megan Wilson (Dark Peak Fell Runners) impressed most, securing 7th place in a strong ladies field. Megan recorded 3:44:38 for the route – the ladies race was won in a course record of 3:09:19 by Victoria Wilkinson (Bingley Harriers & AC). Mourne Runners trio Ricky Hanna, David Bell and Clarke Browne also ran well. Ricky (3:59:17) came in just under the four hour mark, while David crossed the line in 4:44:42 and Clarke 5:27:02. Full results from the event can be found HERE.
There was also a large representation from Northern Ireland at the annual Highland Fling 53 mile Ultra in Scotland this weekend (Saturday 29th April 2017). Full results are not currently available but any notable performances will be added to this summary when results are available.