Sun 24 Oct 2010 – 23:31
Mourneway Ultra 52 mile Marathon
Runners and walkers of all abilities descended on Kilbroney Park last Saturday for the staging of the second Mourne Way Marathon. Five events took place on the day with the 52 mile Ultra Marathon being the toughest test of endurance, physical and mental strength. This event was the first of its nature in Ireland and at 6.00am on Saturday morning a line up of 60 runners from across the world stepped up to take on the challenge.
Newry City Runners were well represented in the event and it was Don Travers who fared best of the locals coming in second place behind the winner, and current Irish 100 mile record holder, Eoin Keith, who ran the 52 miles in a staggering 7 hours, 41 mins.
Other Newry City Runners that completed the arduous 52 mile event were Dale Mathers, Jackie Malone, Dermot Mathers, Steven Malone, Tony Malone, Ronan Mynes and Eugene O’Callaghan.
Other events on the day were the Marathon, a 26 Mile Challenge Walk, a Half Marathon and 10k. All participants were greeted with a festival atmosphere at the finish line in Kilbroney Park which was further enhanced by the presence of ice baths, sports massage, food stalls and music and it gave the runners a chance to recuperate, relax and watch others coming across the finish line.
With the events which were carried over from last years event and the addition of the Mourne Way Ultra Marathon, 26 Extreme have now created a truly international sporting event in the village of Rostrevor. From the feedback at the finish line there was no doubting that this event will grow to be a truly iconic event on the international running calendar.
Full results are now available on www.mournewaymarathon.com and for other events organised by 26 Extreme in the local area please see www.26extreme.com.