Strong turnout for Dungiven road races

More than 150 runners were well layered up as they braved the bitter cold for the annual St. Patrick’s College, Dungiven 5k and 10K races, and 5K walk on Saturday.

Despite the ferocious snow showers and strong winds, runners clocked some impressive times on what was a tough course in tough, hilly conditions.

Principal of St. Patrick's College Dungiven Michael Gormley sets of this year's St Patricks College road race run on Saturday. INLV0515-373KDR

Principal of St. Patrick's College Dungiven Michael Gormley sets of this year's St Patricks College road race run on Saturday. INLV0515-373KDR

John Paul Gartland was the first male to finish the 10K in 36mins 23secs, followed closely in second place by David Hughes of Reach running club in 36mins 54 secs. Third place went to Jeffrey Farrell who finished in 39mins 58secs.

Sarah Jane McFadden of the North Belfast Harriers won the female open clocking a time of 45mins 48secs for the 10K.

In the 5k, first across the line was Christopher Millar in 18 mins 53 secs. The first female finisher was Eimear O’Connor in 22mins 51secs.