BARF Turkey Trot Mountain Race 2017:
On Tuesday 26th December 2017 (Boxing Day), BARF held their traditional ‘Turkey Trot’ Mountain Race. As always, the event attracted participants from across the UK, with several athletes competing whilst at home, or visiting Northern Ireland, for the holidays.
Due to the increasing participation, a credit to this well organised event, the Race HQ and race start was at Tollymore Mountain Centre because of the increased parking facilities.
At 7.4 miles (including approximately 470m of ascent), new race route was approximately 2 miles longer than previous years, starting and finishing at Parnell’s Bridge in the scenic Tollymore Forest Park. The rest of the popular course remained the same, with plenty of long ascents to the Cols between Slieve Bearnagh/Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Meelmore/Slieve Meelbeg and fast, but at times tricky, descending at Happy Valley.
Newcastle AC’s Seamus Lynch again showed his strength in the mountains, with an excellent win. The Northern Ireland international beat young Paul Pruzina (Cambridge University Hare & Hounds) by fourteen seconds to secure the title; Seamus clocked 55:03 for 1st place. Paul crossed the line in 55:17 for 2nd place, before Ambleside AC’s Jack Millar and Newcastle AC’s David Hicks battle to the finish line for the remaining podium place. A mere one second split the pair, with Jack edging it in 58:42 (3rd place) – David took 4th place in 58:43.
In the ladies race, Mourne Runners’ always impressive Bethany Haugh claimed a well-deserved win in 1:11:23 (1st place). Moire O’Sullivan (Unattached) finished as runner up in 1:16:41 (2nd place), before Mari Troeng (Newcastle AC) completed the podium in 1:19:23 (3rd place).
Full results for the event are available HERE.