The Spud Race doesn’t disappoint

With the rain that had hit the race course the week before there had been concern that runners wouldnt be able to know if they were running beside the canal or in it. Thankfully the rain subsided and by race start the sun was out you could even see the blue sky. The Glen Runners had put plenty of effort to mark out the course with Johnny Steede conducting everything.

There were 117 runners that made it to the start line, after the race briefing and random kit check the race started with a dash down the road. The first 2 miles are over a testing muddy track before hitting the mountain. The first to the top of the mountain was Mark Stephens closely followed by Seamus Lynch. Mark Stephens couldn’t hold off Seamus Lynch to the finish line as Seamus would take a win. Timothy Johnston never quite got close the top 2 but would take an excellent 3rd place to complete the podium.

The ladies race would see Esther Dickson took the lead early on and would hold off Karen Wilton to take the win with Sarah Graham completing the podium.

The race started in rays of sunshine but the clouds rolled in bringing in heavy rain that would catch out those taking slightly longer than Seamus Lynch. With temperatures dropping and it pouring outside the soup, sandwiches and buns served up was very warmly appreciated by all the runners. Many thanks go to Johnny Steede and his team who put on another professional race.

Photographs provide by John Healy

Results are found here.

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