On Saturday the 10th of June the 4th annual Glenmore Challenge took place in the Glenmore valley. 172 runners finished this tough, hilly but picturesque route. When the fog lifted the sun came to replace it. Brian McCluskey and Shane Toner led the field through townlands of Castletown Cooley, Benagh, Aghameen, Corrakit to name but a few. Brian McCluskey, North East Runners, came in 1st with Shane Toner, Glenmore AC hot on his heels followed by Raymond Coogan, North East Runners in 3 rd . The first woman home was Nicola Flanagan, Blaney Rockets, followed by Maire Hegarty, 2 nd and Laura Matthews, North East Runners. Karen Caldwell, North East Runners was 1 st female O40 whilst Ciaran Reilly, Liffey Valley AC, won the O40 male category. Maree Dowling, Rush running won the O50 female category whilst Gerry O’Connell won the O50 male category. Nuala Reilly, Drogheda & District was first female home in the O60 category and Michael Kirk-Smith was first male O60.
North East Runners won the female team with Laura Matthews, Karen Caldwell, Aine McBride & Melanie Hearty with City of Lisburn AC winning 2nd team: Eimear McCracken, Grainne Keenan, Sandra McKillop & Anne McCullough.
Glenmore AC men won 1st team with Shane Toner, Paul Savage, Martin Toner & Ciaran Walsh. North East runners came 2nd team with Brian McCluskey, Raymond Coogan, Liam Fergus & Colm Hearty. Congrats to all runners who completed the race from clubs such as North East Runners, Liffey Valley AC, City of Lisburn, Dub Runners Belfast, Newcastle & District, Drogheda & District, Kilcoole, Blaney Rockets, Raheny Shamrock, Rush Running, Duleek & District, Setanta, Club Pulse, The Running Dead, Orangegrove AC, Boyne AC , East Down AC, Reaghstown Chasers, DSD, Ormeau Runners & Navan AC. Last but not least, well done to all Glenmore athletes who ran knowing exactly how hilly it would be! Shane Toner, Paul Savage, Martin Toner, Ciaran Walsh, Ronan Callan, Fiona McQuade, Lloyd Byrne, Tony Elmore, Shane Arnold, John Doyle, Michael McShane, Kinga Byrne, Ali McEnhill, Aidan Gallagher, Stephen O’Connor, Gavin Byrne, Katie Bell, Rose White, Barry Woods & Noel Sweeney.
A special word of thanks to our sponsors Greenore Port & Carton Die who have continued to support us from last year and to the Red Cross for being there providing an invaluable service. We are grateful to our mile sponsors: Barrys Shop, Aidan McCoy-Loss Assessors, O’Connor Roofing Lordship, Top Omeath Fuels, Gerry Rice Animal Pregnancy Scanning, Appletree Dental Care, Aislings hairdressers Omeath, O’Neill Plant Hire, Visit Carlingford & Brendan Reids. Thanks also to the spot prize sponsors: Cooley Mens Sheds, Riinas Italian restaurant Carlingford, Skypark, LIDL for food vouchers & Fyffes for fruit.
We are pleased to once again be able to donate to the Maria Goretti charity for their wonderful work. With the work of Glenmore members, senior & juvenile, & the cooperation of the local residents this event continues to be an example of a local club working with and in the community to provide an enjoyable race known for the sumptuous after race food & its unique wooden medals. We salute each and every one of you from catering crew, water stop helpers, photographers, stewards, medal makers and givers, sign makers from the local schools, the Hall crew (some of whom travelled from as far away as Cork), Tommy Neary, our starter, Mary and Sean McGeown who are always there on the day ,those who erected and dismantled signs, the Booze Brothers and Anne who entertained the weary runners, local residents who allowed us to use their land for parking and provided a stage for the band and all who came out to cheer on the runners. We look forward to our next event the 5km Carlingford Road Race on 4 th August. Please see www.glenmoreac.com and our FB page for details. See Facebook for photos.
RESULTS: My Run Results
On Saturday June 10th also a small but determined group of young athletes travelled to Tullamore Harriers stadium to compete in the Leinster U9-11 pairs and U12 & 13 track and field championship. It proved a very successful and worthwhile trip. Katie Mc Donald and Emma Mc Carragher finished 3rd in the U10 pairs turbo javelin, Jessica White and Katie Mc Donald finshed 6th in the U10 60m sprint, while Emma & Jessica tried hard in the U10 500m. Lucy White and Chloe Mc Carragher represented the club in the individual U12 events. Lucy took silver in the U12 60m from a large field of 75 athletes. Chloe finished in the top 8 in the shot putt. Lucy White took a second silver medal representing Louth in the Leinster inter county U13 Relay team. Katie Mc Donald also took gold forming part of the Louth U11 relay team. Well done girls and to your supporters. The girls now progress to the All Ireland Finals taking place on June 24th and July 9th. Good luck to you all.
Juvenile training continues on Tuesdays at 7.00 at Bush Track.