White Christmas at the Turkey Trot

71 hardy souls turned up for today’s race. Although mild enough in the car park the cold and rain was enough to persuade most to wear their rain coats from the start. As the race progressed up the hill the weather gradually deteriorated. On the stretch from the Ford to the first stile there was a particularly nasty head wind which was pushing hail and snow directly into runners faces. Once over the wall the world looked like winter with an inch, or two, of snow. The descent from the second stile was particularly tricky with enough snow to the hide the rocks but not cushion any falls. Back down at the wall the recent deluges of rain had left the path in particular rude health. All-in-all a tough run through winter.

Chris Smith leads the way up the track

Chris Smith leads the way up the track

Seamus, Eoin and Jonny in hot pursuit

Seamus, Eoin and Jonny in hot pursuit

David Steele and Matthew Hewitt

David Steele and Matthew Hewitt

Sarah leads the ladies towards the hill

Sarah leads the ladies towards the hill

At the sharp end Seamus Lynch (Newcastle AC) blasted to victory in 43.54, closely followed by Chris Smith (Thames Valley Harriers) 44.08 and Eoin Lennon (Carnethy Hillrunners). In the ladies race Catherine O’Connor (East Down) took the win, followed by Claire Withers (Mourne Runners) and Sarah Graham (Mourne Runners) second and third, respectively.

Catherine O'Connor first lady

Catherine O’Connor first lady

Santa and Claire Withers

Santa and Claire Withers

Father Cowan

Father Cowan

For the 22nd year (I am told) the after race mulled wine and mince pies where in the Tollymore Mountain Centre. A great way to pass a wet afternoon. Thanks to Barf, the marshals and those dealing the turkey sandwiches.

Santa hat guarantees you get your picture posted :)

Santa hat guarantees you get your picture posted šŸ™‚

Pretty wet at the finish

Pretty wet at the finish

If the bolt did hill racing he would probably be somewhere warmer

If the bolt did hill racing he would probably be somewhere warmer

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