Marty leads Murlough home at Slieve Gullion

Marty leads Murlough home at Slieve Gullion

6 November 2019

IT has been a busy couple of weeks for MAC after the success of our own Dundrum GR8.   

The second annual G8 was hosted by Slieve Gullion Runners, who welcomed runners to sample the routes and trails showing the beauty of the Slieve Gullion Mountain and Forest Park.

The event consisted of an eight mile and an 8K run. All Murlough runners completed a challenging eight mile course. Not for the faint-hearted, the sun made a welcome appearance to allow for stunning views over the Ring of Gullion. 

Marty Rawlinson was the first MAC member to cross the line, followed by Gavin McNeill, Dave Fultcher, Claire McKibbin, Shauna Trainor, Paula McKibbin, Jane Rowe and Margaret Rowntree. Another great race for the calendar.

Eight MAC ladies set out to do the Decathlon 10k on Sunday, all looking for PBs on this flat course. 

Weather was perfect, not a rain cloud in sight. However, it was a tougher course than any of us expected, mentally. Flat, yes, but not the lovely scenery of home. Amanda was the first of in, but the rest followed close after. A special congratulations to Lyndsey on her first 10k. Plenty of PBs and a medal to show for the effort. 

A huge field of Murlough runners lined up for the first of the Born2Run Forest Series at Minnowburn last Saturday when 32 members took part in the 10km, with quite a few of them having won a place at the Dambusters race, when Murlough AC won the award for the best represented club. 

With quite a few members having run marathons in both Dublin and Yorkshire last weekend, there were quite a few sets of tired legs before the race even started. 

One of the main attractions of this race is as the field started, runners were treated to a lap of the Mary Peter’s track before heading off into the forest park. 

The course took competitors through many loops on narrow paths and across bridges before climbing back up to the track again for one last lap before crossing the line. 

A nice medal was presented to finishers by none other than Olympian Kerry O’Flaherty and was a real treat, as were the post-race refreshments.

During the post-race chat there was already talk of the next race in the series, thanks to Born2Run for another fantastic race.