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Grangier hails Mournes event after smashing course record

By Adam McKendry

Frenchman Germain Grangier set a new men's course record at the Garmin Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race 2016.

A record of 200 runners from 16 different countries competed in the race, which took place over nine peaks across the Mourne Mountains.

Grangier was the talk of the event, coming home in a time of 3:49.39, which took the record.

"It's a very technical course due to the mountainous terrain and it makes it very challenging, but I love that because we have nothing like it back in France," Grangier said.

"I really hope I can come back next year because this is a fantastic event and one I really enjoyed."

Scotland's Jasmin Paris was the first lady across the finish line in a time of 4:30:02, six minutes off the women's record.

Elsewhere, there were two local champions crowned at the event in the Garmin Granite Trail Race.

David Steele of Newcastle took top spot in the men's event, while Bethany Haugh of the Mournes won the ladies' accolade.

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