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Runners pound away the festive paunches

By Staff Reporter

Published 04/01/2016

Rathfriland Running Club members who took part in the fifth Born2Run Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run at Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor
Rathfriland Running Club members who took part in the fifth Born2Run Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run at Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor
Runners in full flow
Dianne Cordner, Alanna Meeke and Shirley Smith from Dromore
Laura Graham, who was first in the women’s race, and Laura Bickerstaff who was third
Andy Gibson from Newtownards in his Spider-Man outfit
Mark Crothers from Carrick

More than 400 runners have taken part in the Kilbroney 10K - the fifth race in the Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run Series organised by Born2Run Events.

The hilly race started and finished close to the newly-built Cloughmor Inn and took runners on to forest paths which overlook Carlingford Lough, along the Kilbroney River at the Fairy Glen and into the impressive 97 acres of forest.

Kilbroney Forest Park is in the village of Rostrevor on the A2 and is only a 20-minute drive from Newry and approximately one hour from Belfast.

The winner - again - was William McKee with a time of 34 minutes and six seconds. William has won three of the previous races.

Second was Lindsay Gordon with a time of 34:19, while Gary Bailey was third with 37:24.

Conditions were wet underfoot but nobody seemed put off and plenty were happy to try and lose a few pounds after Christmas.

Competitor Mark Crothers said: "I enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the friendly faces, and the sense of camaraderie."

Kevin Flynn praised the "amazing atmosphere and great energy". Speaking ahead of the run, race organiser Carol McMenamin said "everybody is raring to go".

"New Year resolutions have kicked in and all the over-indulgence of the past two weeks is finished," she said.

"We have 400-plus runners here today and we're looking forward to a great day's running."

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