(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|
|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|
Photo : Robert McGaghey