650 runners took part in Coastal challenge

Runners taking part in the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge.

Runners taking part in the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge.

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Runners from all over the peninsula and further afield pounded the pavements on Saturday when they took part in the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge run.

The 10 mile run and walk, which took place on Easter Saturday, attracted more than 650 participants.

This is a huge increase on last year’s numbers and organisers say the now annual event is growing in popularity.

Now in it’s third year the runners and walkers took off from the picturesque village of Ballyliffin, headed in the direction of the Isle of Doagh right through to the finish line on Pollan Beach.

The winner was Letterkenny fitness trainer, Michael Black from Sportsworld.

Dublin athlete Paul O Connell came in second, followed by Foyle Valley man Pearse McIntrye in third place.

The race finished on the beach, where a childrens race was also held for the first time - drawing more than 100 children to the beach, adding to the family-fun element.