Local athletes impress at IMRA Championship 2017 finale:
On Saturday 11th November 2017, six well-known members of the local mountain running scene made the popular trip south to take part in the Powerscourt Ridge Mountain Race, which was final event of the 2017 Irish Mountain Running Association (IMRA) Championship Series.
Newcastle AC man Seamus Lynch continued his mountain running comeback with a clear victory, covering the 10 mile course (with almost 1,000 metres of ascent) over the Wicklow Mountains in an impressive 1:13:38 (1st place), nearly five minutes ahead of his closest competitor.
Eugene McCann (Newcastle AC) was the next familiar face to cross the finish line, taking 1st place in the M50 category and 23rd in the overall men’s field with a time of 1:35:01. Another Newcastle AC man, Pete Grant, took 35th place in 1:39:37.
In the ladies race, Elizabeth Wheeler (Glens Runners) led the Northern Ireland contingent home in 6th place, with a time of 1:47:33 and securing top spot (1st place) in the F40 category. The always impressive Paulette Thomson (Newcastle AC) continued her good form in the IMRA Series, completing the tough and at times technical route in 1:50:09 for 8th place and 2nd in the F40 category. Lagan Valley AC’s Hazel McLaughlin ensured it was a clean sweep of the Female 40 podium for Northern Ireland runners, taking the final position and 9th place overall in 1:50:58. Irish International lady Sarah McCormack won the ladies race in 1:23:21 (1st place).
Congratulations to Paulette Thomson who, with this result, secured 2nd place in the overall IMRA Championship Series. Elizabeth Wheeler took 2nd place in the Leinster Mountain Running Championship.