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Scenic route at Castlewellan brings curtain down on Telegraph's forest run series


Joleen Copeland from Hilltown

Joleen Copeland from Hilltown

Joleen Copeland from Hilltown

Castlewellan was the eighth and final race in the Belfast Telegraph Run Forest Run series organised by Born2Run Events.

Almost 700 athletes took part in the grand finale over a picturesque route, taking in one of the upper forest trails overlooking the lake, which at certain vantage points has views of the Mourne Mountains.

Runners passed by the Peace Maze, one of the world’s largest permanent hedge mazes, to return to the finish via the lake forest path.

The winner once again was William McKee from Mourne Runners with a time of 33m 30s. The Newry man has won more than half of all the Born2Run races.

The fastest-placed female was Laura Graham of Kilkeel with a time of 37m 48s. Laura has also finished first in the women’s section at five of the Born2Run races.

Runner Laura Crothers said of the Born2Run races: “They’re really great fun. The people are friendly, the camaraderie is fantastic —you can’t really beat it.”

Belfast Telegraph