Jardine and Paris conquer the Mourne Highline in less than perfect conditions

With the weather being on everyone's lips from the start of the year but sure the Mourne Highline is after Easter and everyone knows that is when the sunshine comes. Queue checking the weather forecasts with teasing comments about heat waves and 25+ degrees. Alas, this promised heat wave wouldn't make it to the Mourne Mountains and instead, the conditions would turn out to be rather more challenging.

The safety briefing would be the first opportunity to hear terms like 'pea souper', 'proper clag' and other various descriptions of fog/mist that would involve many people trying to work out how to use a compass. The sign on went smoothly and with the safety briefing over it was time to head to the buses for what should have been a very scenic drive to Spelga Dam. At Spelga Dam the first challenge was to find the start line.

The race started right on time with into the mist headed 285 runners with compasses out in front. By the time they had reached the road crossing everyone was strung out in a long line and on their way to Meelbeg where ever that was. With the next peaks being easy to find due to the Mourne Wall it would be the descent of Commedagh that would prove the decisive point in the race for many.

It was Rhys Findlay-Robinson that would lead the way over the first peaks but he would be overhauled by Justin Jardine on the way to Commedagh and hold on to that lead until the finish. Jack Wood would time his run to perfection and take the final podium position. The podium could have been quite different if Carl Bell and Ross Gollan hadn't taken a detour off Commedagh to fit in some extra miles - I am told it would be worth seeing their strava upload.

The female race would prove to be just as eventful as the men with Jasmin Paris, Emma Gould and Caitlin Rice leading the way. It would be Emma Gould who would make a gap from the rest on her way to Commedagh but the trip down didn't go to plan as she took a slightly longer route back to the finish. This would open the way for Jasmin Paris to take the win followed by Caitlin Rice with a fast finishing Bronwen Jenkinson taking the last spot on the podium as well as claiming the U23 prize.

For the locals it was looking very good for Zak Hanna who would be seen running with the top 5 over the first half of the race but would this pace would catch up with him on the descent to the finish as he dropped back. The experienced Allan Bogle would put in a superbly paced run as he would catch Zak on the run in to claim the first local on the day. On the female side it was Shileen O'Kane who put in a tremendous effort and would take the first local female prize with time to spare from Sarah Graham.

When all the runners had made it back from a challenging course it was back to the HQ where the ladies were on hand serving soup, tea, coffee and of course the odd bun or two. The timing team led by James Carr and Mark Pruzina double checked everything and made sure the results could be seen on the big screen. Many thanks to O'Hares for the prize of dinner for two as well as Hilltrekker for providing the prizes for the local athletes. There are too many to thank individually so you know who you are and what you did and our thanks are sent out to you. For the marshals that spent the time out in the cold and mist all day at the checkpoints as well as the sweeper marshals that made sure the last runners got in safe and sound they deserve an extra special pat on the back.

Hopefully, everyone had a great race and I am sure they are plenty of epic stories about your trip of Commedagh to the finish.

Here is a link to a few photos and below you will find the results as well as the results with splits.

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Pictures by Jayne Bell - Flickr - Facebook

Full Results (Link here) - Still Provisional so if you see a mistake use the contact form to tell us

Full Results with Splits (Link here)

Team Results (To Follow)

PosForenameSurnameCategoryClubFinish
1JoshuaJardineMU23Helm Hill01:35:02
2RhysFindlay-RobinsonMDark Peak Fell Runners01:35:41
3JackWoodMIlkley Harriers01:36:43
4MatthewRobertsMCalder Valley Fell Runners01:36:56
5KarlGrayMV40Calder Valley Fell Runners01:36:58
6AndySwiftMCalder Valley Fell Runners01:37:01
7JamesEspieMDeeside Runners01:37:08
8RobJebbMV40Helm Hill01:37:24
9CarlBellMKeswick AC01:38:12
10BillyCartwrightMMatlock AC01:38:17
11JamesAppletonMKeswick AC01:38:30
12JohnBattrickMKeswick AC01:38:48
13RossGollanMShettleston Harriers01:38:51
14BenMounseyMCalder Valley Fell Runners01:39:02
15BenAbdelnoorMAmbleside AC01:39:04
16MarkLambMKeswick AC01:39:11
17TedFergusonMU23Borrowdale01:39:56
18SamSteadMKeswick AC01:40:41
19AllanBogleMCity of Derry AC01:41:07
20HarryHolmesMPudsey and Bramley01:41:17
21ZakHannaMU23Newcastle AC01:41:27
22MartinMikkelsen-BarronMBorrowdale01:41:31
23MichaelAinsworthMHelm Hill01:41:39
24PaulTierneyMAmbleside AC01:41:43
25GavinMulhollandMV40Calder Valley Fell Runners01:41:49
26TomSimpsonMU23Ambleside AC01:41:55
27AndrewWorsterMTodmorden Harriers01:42:08
28DavidHicksMNewcastle AC01:42:11
29JackWrightMAmbleside AC01:42:24
30DannyHopeMV40Horwich01:42:30
31ShaunGodsmanMV40Calder Valley Fell Runners01:42:31
32TomSavilleMDark Peak Fell Runners01:42:43
33JoeMannMAmbleside AC01:43:50
34JonnySteedeMGlens Runners01:43:52
35KennyRichmondMV40Shettleston Harriers01:44:03
36JackMillarMAmbleside AC01:44:06
37DanielHaworthMKeswick AC01:44:20
38JoshWilliamsMDark Peak Fell Runners01:44:27
39JohnConnaghanMV40Shettleston Harriers01:44:52
40AdamPerryMHelm Hill01:45:44
41SimonBoothMV40Borrowdale01:45:55
42JonWrightMV40Todmorden Harriers01:48:38
43JackSimpsonMHelm Hill01:48:42
44ToddOatesMAmbleside AC01:49:01
45MikeFanningMV50Holmfirth01:49:02
46LeeProcterMHelm Hill01:49:19
47JamesWoodmanMPudsey and Bramley01:49:49
48ChrisEdisMKeswick AC01:50:34
49JasminParisFCarnethy01:51:49
50GaryWarnockMUnattached01:51:57
51MatthewFortesMV40Eryri Harriers01:52:09
52CharlieLowtherMV40Eden Runners01:53:15
53NeilAndrewsMEast Down AC01:53:18
54PeterMackieMV40Shettleston Harriers01:53:23
55NickBarberMV40Todmorden Harriers01:53:33
56JimDaviesMV50Borrowdale01:53:35
57NeilNorthropMDark Peak Fell Runners01:53:44
58SamOrtonMV40Eryri Harriers01:53:52
59PeterDaviesMDark Peak Fell Runners01:54:09
60NigelShekletonMCarnethy01:54:15
61RyanStewartMShettleston Harriers01:54:27
62DanDuxburyMV40Ambleside AC01:54:39
63TomRooMMercia Fell Runners01:54:43
64GraemeBrownMV40Todmorden Harriers01:54:45
65Dyfed WhitesideThomasMV40Eryri Harriers01:54:56
66DavidTaylorMV50Dark Peak Fell Runners01:55:25
67CaitlinRiceFRibble Valley Harriers01:55:39
68AlexMcVeyMCarnethy01:56:07
69BrianFureyMRathfarnham01:56:51
70NiallBourkeMPudsey and Bramley01:56:52
71StevenHebblethwaiteMKeswick AC01:57:17
72PhilWinskillMV40Keswick AC01:57:39
73AntonyMeanwellMV40Borrowdale01:58:07
74MarkBurtonMV40Calder Valley Fell Runners01:58:26
75MarkBollomMV40Mercia Fell Runners01:58:41
76BronwenJenkinsonFU23Eryri Harriers01:58:56
77GambleEdMV50Cheshire Hill Racers01:59:06
78KristianGroomMV40Dark Peak Fell Runners01:59:37
79MarkTaylorMV40Calder Valley Fell Runners01:59:44
80StephenPykeMV50Dark Peak Fell Runners01:59:53
81StephenWinterMV40Shettleston Harriers02:00:11
82MikeRobinsonMV40Dark Peak Fell Runners02:00:31
83MelPriceFV40Mercia Fell Runners02:00:39
84StephenSmithiesMV50Calder Valley Fell Runners02:01:17
85JonDeeganMV50Ambleside AC02:01:23
86RichardHoughtonMV50Pennine Fell Runners02:01:25
87PaulHobbsMV40Todmorden Harriers02:01:29
88BarryWilkinsonMV50Borrowdale02:01:54
89AnnieRobertsFTodmorden Harriers02:02:15
90AndyThompsonMHelm Hill02:02:21
91RossCruickshanksMShettleston Harriers02:02:28
92PeteCurtisMCarnethy02:02:44
93StephenJonesMV60Eryri Harriers02:02:51
94RichardRobertsMEryri Harriers02:03:14
95LeeNewtonMKeswick AC02:03:15
96NeilHardimanMV50Clayton le Moors02:03:22
97AlistairHaddowMV50Unattached02:03:37
98KieranAllansonMDark Peak Fell Runners02:04:15
99DylanGriffithsMRhedwyr Hebog02:04:19
100BillyReedMV50East Antrim Harriers02:04:40
101ShileenO'KaneFV40Lagan Valley AC02:04:53
102RickStuartMV50Helm Hill02:06:11
103RichardHannaMMourne Runners02:06:13
104SarahGrahamFMourne Runners02:06:25
105DaleMathersMV50Mourne Runners02:06:30
106TimothyJohnstonMMourne Runners02:06:51
107ByrneJamesMV40Ambleside AC02:07:01
108CatherineSlaterFHelm Hill02:07:02
109DavidSolesMV50Pennine Fell Runners02:07:37
110CraigMarshMKeswick AC02:07:48
111StephenGrahamMNewcastle AC02:07:50
112LouiseBeetlestoneFEryri Harriers02:08:55
113KatieWalshawFRibble Valley Harriers02:09:00
114SianWilliamsFRhedwyr Hebog02:09:07
115HelenBonsorFCarnethy02:09:11
116JosAddisonMHelm Hill02:09:28
117RobertLittleMDark Peak Fell Runners02:10:04
118IvanMillarMV40Unattached02:10:10
119WillNormandMCarnethy02:10:16
120KeithJohnstonMUnattached02:10:22
121JonTinmanMV50Rossendale Harriers02:10:49
122GrahamPillingMPudsey and Bramley02:11:31
123MeganWilsonFDark Peak Fell Runners02:11:39
124JacobTonkinMKeswick AC02:11:39
125NeilAshcroftMV50Ambleside AC02:11:50
126WilliamShieldsMUnattached02:11:59
127JamesBaronMV50Helm Hill02:12:00
128SharonTaylorFHelm Hill02:12:02
129CathalMcGreevyMV50Newry AC02:12:19
130ClaireGreenFPudsey and Bramley02:12:21
131PeteGrantMV50Newcastle AC02:12:23
132ChrisDaviesMV60Saddleworth Runners02:12:26
133RobertJonesMSaddleworth Runners02:13:02
134NickiMcPeakMV40Unattached02:13:13
135JennyRiceFHelm Hill02:13:24
136WilliamMarksMV40Mourne Runners02:13:31
137RachelPillingFPudsey and Bramley02:13:49
138BiancaDyerFV40Helm Hill02:14:28
139HannahRussellFU23Helm Hill02:15:22
140MarkPursellMV40Pennine Fell Runners02:15:49
141MarkAgnewMV50Mercia Fell Runners02:15:52
142HollyMartinFPennine Fell Runners02:15:56
143PhilipMetcalfMV40Unattached02:16:06
144KerryCornforthFV40Keswick AC02:16:28
145JohnBusbyMCarnethy02:16:32
146JennMattinsonFKeswick AC02:16:40
147DigbyHarrisMV50Pennine Fell Runners02:16:41
148PeterGermanMHelm Hill02:16:49
149RyanMcdonaldMNewcastle AC02:17:07
150DeclanMcElroyMV50Newcastle AC02:17:22
151JamesRileyMV40Todmorden Harriers02:18:05
152LeslieMulhollandMV50Dromore AC02:18:35
153TimLowryMV40Ballymena Runners02:18:43
154JonathanMooreMV50Eryri Harriers02:18:45
155SarahHarleyFEryri Harriers02:19:25
156HelenBuchanFV40Calder Valley Fell Runners02:19:29
157TomMcGaffMV60Cheshire Hill Racers02:19:32
158BenGrantMV60Harrogate Harriers02:19:34
159RachelSimpsonFHelm Hill02:19:37
160VinnyBoothMV50Cheshire Hill Racers02:19:38
161HughSuffernMV50Dromore AC02:19:40
162MarkWeirMV40North Down AC02:19:53
163RachelNormandFCarnethy02:20:00
164MikeCooperMV50Cheshire Hill Racers02:20:12
165NiaAlbistonFEryri Harriers02:20:13
166MarkAlexanderMV40Ballymena Runners02:20:15
167CatherineNiblockFHelm Hill02:20:21
168SimonEntwisleMV60Pennine Fell Runners02:20:25
169AstridGibbsFV40Ambleside AC02:21:05
170JaneReedyFV40Ambleside AC02:21:07
171HazelRobinsonFV40Ambleside AC02:21:09
172FrancisNugentMV50Blayney Rockets02:21:12
173StephenMorranMV60Calder Valley Fell Runners02:21:12
174CiaraLargeyFLochaber AC02:21:14
175AnnaBartlettFV40Mercia Fell Runners02:21:46
176PaulJenkinsonMV50Eryri Harriers02:21:59
177BryanMageeMV40Larne AC02:22:42
178PaulScullyMV40Helm Hill02:23:45
179StefanBramwellMV40Pennine Fell Runners02:24:37
180SimonReeveMV40North Belfast Harriers02:24:40
181DarrenMarshallMV40NIMRA02:24:58
182TimMurrayMV50Helm Hill02:25:10
183PaulWrightMV50Ambleside AC02:25:34
184MichelleFoxwellFV40Ambleside AC02:25:47
185AndrewWallaceMV50Ballydrain Harriers02:25:51
186NigelJeffMV50Buxton AC02:26:04
187GillianWassonFV40Ballymena Runners02:26:08
188MichaelMcAuleyMV40Mallusk Harriers02:26:15
189WilliamHoeyMV50Dark Peak Fell Runners02:26:19
190JeanPowellFV50Wharfedale Harriers02:26:36
191AmandaWright-SmithFV40Mercia Fell Runners02:26:56
192LucySpainFHelm Hill02:27:35
193CraigMcCauleyMV40Mourne Runners02:27:53
194AndrewTeesMOrangegrove AC02:28:01
195Keith G.HolmesMV60Dark Peak Fell Runners02:28:06
196AlisonRichardsFV40Helm Hill02:28:24
197RachelFindlay-RobinsonFKeswick AC02:28:26
198GutoEdwardsMV50Eryri Harriers02:28:34
199CarrieGibsonFV40Helm Hill02:28:48
200DavidHarveyMV50Pennine Fell Runners02:28:59
201ZoeWebberFKeswick AC02:29:10
202ClaireDuffieldFV40Todmorden Harriers02:30:04
203RobertJohnstonMV40Unattached02:30:44
204AlisonWestonFV50Ilkley Harriers02:31:20
205RonanBarrMNewcastle AC02:31:28
206WilSpainMDark Peak Fell Runners02:31:41
207WendyDoddsFV60Clayton le Moors02:31:54
208VictoriaHaworthFKeswick AC02:32:13
209PaulJacksonMV50Helm Hill02:32:17
210DavidKeelingMV50Cheshire Hill Racers02:32:17
211MelanieBlackhurstFV50Todmorden Harriers02:32:34
212GeoffSmythMV40BARF02:32:39
213HazelMcLaughlinFV40Lagan Valley AC02:33:01
214SteveHalsallMKeswick AC02:33:23
215DavidAppleyardMV50Helm Hill02:33:51
216SimonBoltonMV50Cheshire Hill Racers02:34:15
217FionaBuchanFUnattached02:34:50
218AdamNealeMV40Cheshire Hill Racers02:37:02
219ClarkeBrowneMV50Mourne Runners02:37:03
220NiallGibneyMV40East Down AC02:37:36
221RebeccaPatrickFV40Todmorden Harriers02:38:51
222WilliamCoupeMV50Helm Hill02:39:17
223AndrewMcGibbonMV50BARF02:39:36
224KateMansellFV40Todmorden Harriers02:40:49
225RonnieDouglasMV40BARF02:41:26
226BronaghMcInerneyFV40Newcastle AC02:41:30
227JoYeomanFDark Peak Fell Runners02:42:41
228RonReesMV60Pennine Fell Runners02:42:45
229TracyBallingerFCarnethy02:43:16
230DanielLathamMBuxton AC02:43:30
231VirgilBartonMV40Mercia Fell Runners02:43:36
232DeborahMillingtonFV40Mercia Fell Runners02:43:36
233StewartCunninghamMV60Mourne Runners02:43:39
234CarolineHardingFV40Pudsey and Bramley02:44:09
235AndyWattsMV60Cheshire Hill Racers02:44:16
236RobertTaylorMV60Pennine Fell Runners02:45:03
237WilsonMcAlisterMV50Jog Moira02:45:16
238CatherineMcIntoshFV40Newcastle AC02:46:10
239AnneSandfordFV50Lagan Valley AC02:46:12
240DavidGouldMV60Mercia Fell Runners02:46:13
241DeniseMathersFV50Mourne Runners02:47:43
242RobinTuddenhamMV40Todmorden Harriers02:47:49
243StephenBickerstaffMV50Unattached02:48:25
244CiaranMcAleenanMV50Mourne Runners02:49:37
245OrlaMcElroyFV50NIMRA02:49:58
246MarkElliotMV40Ballydrain Harriers02:50:14
247CraigBellMV50Unattached02:50:29
248JackAgnewMU23Mercia Fell Runners02:50:44
249KathleenMonteverdeFV50BARF02:50:57
250MichaelMcLoughlinMV60Preston Harriers02:51:21
251MartsjeHellFNorth Belfast Harriers02:54:42
252CraigStansfieldMV50Todmorden Harriers02:55:09
253KirstyHallFV40Ribble Valley Harriers02:55:16
254MichaelFlynnMNewcastle AC02:57:00
255TonyMcGuckinMV40Acorns AC02:58:52
256TadghMcNamaraMNewcastle AC03:02:34
257RuthAikenFV40Ballymena Runners03:02:35
258BeverleyHerronFMourne Runners03:02:36
259SuzanneKapitanecFMercia Fell Runners03:02:44
260LauraLynchFMurlough AC03:03:02
261EddieMurninMMurlough AC03:03:04
262RuthWilliamsFEryri Harriers03:03:05
263ColmDevlinMV50Murlough AC03:03:05
264KennethFordyceMV40Carnethy03:09:48
265SueRobertsFV50Todmorden Harriers03:10:10
266TrevorWilsonMV50BARF03:10:24
267HeatherSimpsonFWesties03:11:11
268MalcolmFowlerMV50Cheshire Hill Racers03:13:09
269GaryThorpeMV50Ambleside AC03:13:27
270PaddyRitchieMV40Ballydrain Harriers03:33:10
271NicholasAndralojcMV50Harrogate Harriers03:42:44
272DaveFulcherMV60Murlough AC03:43:25
273Kathryn RobinsonGettyFJog Moira03:45:30
274CharlieMcQuillanMJog Moira03:45:33
275RichardWilsonMUnattached03:49:10
276FionaOwenFV40Eryri Harriers03:49:42
277HughMorganMV40Eryri Harriers03:49:44
278SharonDickensonFV40Unattached03:58:45
RachaelBatemanFV40Mercia Fell Runnersmp
JonathanMeliaMV40Rossendale Harriersmp
DwaneDixonMV40Todmorden Harriersmp
JonathanScottMMourne Runnersmp
EmmaGouldFMercia Fell Runnersmp
RichardByresMV50Cheshire Hill Racersmp
RichardBrownMV40Unattachedmp

 

 

 

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