Glenmore Challenge Report 2018

The Glenmore valley was a flood today with baking sunshine and runners all taking on the Glenmore Challenge, and with the introduction of the 10k challenge, alongside the 10m, proved a success with the number of participants at an all time high this year!! The 10k runners took on the new challenging course and the 10milers took on the gruelling hills of Glenmore, with the tar melting below their feet at times, but a very welcome gentle breeze met them at the long woman’s grave until the finish line at Mullaghbouy community centre. A big thank you for all the support along the way especially the water guns and hoses!! There was a very strong turnout for athletics clubs both north and south which is reflected in the results, thank you very much for supporting our annual Glenmore challenge 10m & 10k road race.

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The 10k race was won by Leo Farrell 00:44:21(Ardee&District AC), 2nd Tadhg Leahy 00:45:26 (Glenmore AC) and 3rd was Sean Maguire 00:48:28 (Blaney Rockets). The 1st female over the line was Sinead Shaw 00:53:53 (Drogheda&District AC), 2nd Arlene Mc Ardle 00:54:05 (NER AC) and 3rd was Sarah Walsh 00:54:23 (Glenmore AC).

The 10m race was won by Declan Power 00:57:29 (Clonliffe ) 2nd Christopher Devine 00:59:30 (NCR) and 3rd was Shane Toner 01:01:23 (Glenmore AC). The 1st female over the line was Nicola Flanagan 01:18:19 (Blaney Rockets), 2nd Diane Watson 01:13:31 (City of lisburn AC) and 3rd was Laura Mathews 01:15:11 (NER AC)

Other winners on the day were the age Categories with some fantastic results


F40 Elva Maree 00:57:33                   M40 Alan Cooke 00:49:21

F50 Margaret Carroll 00:54:32           M50 Pat Ferguson 00:51:22

F60 Gillian Lauder 01:10:09               M60 Barney Flannery 00:56:43


F40 Lorraine Dunne 01:15:11             M40 Stephen Dignan

F50 Karen Delaney 01:24:32              M50 Paul Mc Cullagh 01:10:51

F60 Anne Mc Cullagh 01:55:47         M55 Stephen O’Neill 01:34:46

M60 Ciaran Ward 01:27:49

Congratulations to Glenmore athletes Shane Toner and Tadge Leahy on their super times and congrats to Pat Ferguson(10K) and Lorraine Dunne(10m) who won their age category, and also to Glenmore AC Male and Female team for winning 1st male and 2nd female team categories respectively. And under the extreme glare of the burning sun congratulations to Vicky Leahy who achieved a well deserved PB.


Glenmore AC Athletes


Tadhg Leahy   00:45:26          Rose White                 01:04:50

Paul Flanagan 00:50:11          Paddy Gill                   01:04:50

Pat Ferguson   00:51:22          Geraldine McGrath     01:05:41

Sarah Walsh    00:54:23          Stephanie Malone       01:07:40

Joanne Hoyne 01:01:38          Katie Bell                    01:11:41

Dara Fagan      01:01:51


10 Mile

Shane Toner     01:01:23        Niall Keenan       01:22:12    Shane Arnold     01:36:05

Paul Savage     01:05:56        Ronan Callan       01:23:14    Nuala White       01:39:22

Ciaran Walsh   01:05:35        Sarah Dooney     01:25:18    Edel Connolly    01:41:44

Patrick White  01:09:53        Fiona McQuade   01:25:35    Kinga Byrne       01:43:11

Kevin Harnett 01:16:21        Lloyd Byrne        01:27:23    Joan Farnon       01:46:15

Lorraine Dunne01:16:22      Michael McShane 01:28:08    Aidan Gallagher 01:49:37

John Doyle     01:21:17        Shane Quill           01:35:40    Vicky Leahy      01:57:43


A massive congratulations and admiration for Glenmore senior athlete Terry Steeples (Company Quarter Master Sergeant Terry Steeples) who brought the Glenmore Challenge to South Lebanon!! Terry was the main instigator in the organisation of this international event while serving with the 112th Irish Infantry Battalion under the command of Lt Col Kilmartin in South Lebanon. The challenge took place at the same time as the home event with over 150 troops taking part and all proceeds going to The Maria Goretti Foundation in Lordship. There was a link set up for all runners at the home Challenge to view photos of this event in the Mullaghbouy community centre.

We are very grateful to our main sponsor, Greenore Port, as well as Carton Die, Keenan Timber Frame, O Connor roofing for their support as well as our mile sponsors: Stephen O’Connor Loss Assessor, Barrys Shop, Top Omeath Fuels, O Connor roofing, Lordship, Gerry Rice, Animal Pregnancy scanning, Aidan McCoy, AMC loss assessors & surveyors, Appletree Dental Care, Newry, O Neill Plant Hire, Brendan Reid Sportswear & Visit Thanks also to Tidy Towns Carlingford for the use of their sustainable cups which kept the 10km runners cool and to Joe White for the use of his field for parking, Mullaghbuoy hall & the chilled tunes from the Booze Brothers & their special guest Anne Mc Evoy.

The running of an event like this requires the help of an army of volunteers from the ladies at registration, the delicious food from the catering crew to those who stewarded & provided smiling encouragement to weary runners, locals who came out , clapped, encouraged and hosed down the baked runners to the national school children who designed the posters & those who put them up, those who publicised the event as well as Sean & Mary McGeown who are always there to help. To all the clubs and runners who participated, we salute you, it was a tough one. We thank you all.

Roll on next

Other Glenmore Athletes were completing their own challenges elsewhere,

Congratulation to John Kane on the completion of the very tough Mourne Way Marathon and to Ali Bond and Emma Ives on completing the Mourne way half marathon.

And huge congratulations to Donal Mc Moreland 14:42:03 and Shane Lynch 14:56:21 who completed in style and gained 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the Wicklow Way ULTRA marathon (130KM).