The Lurig Challenge Run Podium

(Gemma McDonald and Jonny Steede)

The Lurig Challenge Run, held on 10th of August, is the highlight of the Heart of the Glens Festival. Participants are guaranteed an exciting off-road race, breathtaking views and a famously warm Glens welcome. One of the country’s most unique and memorable races and, if you survive, treat yourself to a well-earned pint afterwards!

The 3.8 mile race starts at 1pm in the main street of Cushendall adjacent to the Curfew Tower. After a short dash down the spectator lined main street, there is a sharp incline and a set of steps up the Stony Lonan, followed by a mile along a farm track to the base of the mountain.

Next comes an assault to the top of Lurig (1073 feet), with spectacular views, before a fast descent back along the farm track for the sprint (or otherwise) to the village and the finish.

Podium as follows. Full results the the Northern Ireland Running Results Page

Lurig Challenge Run 2019
Pos Bib Athlete Cat Club Chiptime
1 361 Jonny Steede M35 Glens Runners 00:29:33
2 329 Jonathan Scott MO Mourne runners 00:30:15
3 269 Joe McAlister M35 St. Malachy’s AC 00:30:47
34 250 Gemma McDonald F35 Ballycastle Runners AC 00:36:59
48 392 Lucy O’Dell F40 Glens Runners 00:38:54
72 194 Naomi McCurry FO 00:41:16


Photo : Robert McGaghey