Watch: Ian and Shileen are on top after eye-watering Mourne mountain race
A County Down man and Lagan Valley AC woman claimed top spots on the Garmin Mourne Skyline Moutain-Trail Race last weekend.
Ian Bailey from Kilcoo earned his second victory at the race, beating a record 250 runners in the final outing of the 2017 Skyrunning UK National Series. Shileen O’Kane led home the ladies' race.
The track covers nine peaks across the Mournes, traversing an eye-watering 35 km including 3,370m of ascent.
Bailey led the field home in 3:57:18. His Newcastle AC team-mate Seamus Lynch crossed the line 10 minutes after his friend and club mate, coming in at 4:07:51 and Ryan Stewart, from Shettleston Harriers in Scotland, took third place with a time of 4:12:19.
Behind Shileen's time of 4:56:43 was Megan Wilson from Dark Peak Fell Runners coming in shortly after at 5:00:09, and third place went to Catherine Forsythe, who crossed the Donard Park finish line in 5:40:56.
Have a look at just how tough it is right here:
Some rough footage from the Garmin Mourne Skyline Mountain-Trail Race NiRunning (Northern Ireland Running) race in the Mournes 21st October 2017.Posted by Flixelpix on Saturday, October 21, 2017
Garmin Mourne Skyline MTR race director Ryan Maxwell said: “I am happy that this race and the sport of mountain-trail running have once again highlighted what Northern Ireland has to offer – stunning scenery, friendly people and a thriving running scene.
“It also shows that the sport has an important part to play in putting the country on the map as runners from all over the world to run against our finest athletes, which has been reflected here with a local man and woman both lifting the title on home soil. I am delighted to see local athletes excel against competitors from around the globe.
“Events like this don’t happen without the support from the team who tirelessly helped us put the course together, the volunteers who so willingly gave up their time and our sponsors, particularly Garmin who have supported us for a third year running, as have our associate event sponsors from when we started in 2014 - The Steensons, Apex Clinic, Clif Bar, Brownes Gas Services and ProParamedics."
Richard Daish, UK & Ireland Head of Marketing at sponsors Garmin added: “Once again Garmin is delighted to be title sponsor of this mountain-trail race, which has seen a local man win overall and a new, even higher bar set year on year. The standard of competition really has put Northern Ireland firmly on the global Skyrunning map!”
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