Cara Bundoran 10 Miles Challenge

Race winner at the Cara 10 mile challenge Patrick Brennan from Cliffoney and running with Letterkenny AC receives his trophy from Ramona Nicholas. 1303MVBritton4a Cara
Race winner at the Cara 10 mile challenge Patrick Brennan from Cliffoney and running with Letterkenny AC receives his trophy from Ramona Nicholas. 1303MVBritton4a Cara

In excess off 700 athletes took advantage of favourable weather conditions when stepping up to the start line for the annual Cara Bundoran 10 miler last weekend.

A number of Foyle valley runners had made the short trip, anxious to test their fitness levels when competing in a quality field.

Winter training, therefore, was to be tested to the full as local runners have set their sights on the forcoming Omagh Half Marathon and, of course, the London Marathon.

The race itself set-off at a very fast pace and from the outset Patrick Brennan from the local Letterkenny AC was clearly the man to catch.

Brennan produced a superb effort in his comfortable surroundings to come away with the win clocking a time of 54.17 minutes. followed home by City of Derry Spartans’ Gary Slevin in a superb 56.58 timing.

Meanwhile, in the ladies race Catriona Jennings crossed the line first n a time off 57.34 mins. followed by North Belfast’s Breege Connolly in 58.02 mins.

Foyle Valley runners came away from the event happy with the outcome with a number of runners setting personal bests over the 10 mile distance.

First home for Foyle Valley was Ciaran Smith in a time off 63.23 mins., a new P.B. and a good showing after a heavy week’s training for the upcoming London Marathon.

Ciaran was followed home by Dessie Hegarty, whose tough training schedule is now paying off extremly well, he returned a personal best in a time of 68.19 mins.

Close on Dessie’s heels was Seamus Doherty who clocked a time of 68.26, another new personal best.

Next home for the ‘purple vests’ was club stalwart Mickey Clifford with a steady and solid run in a time off 72.06 mins.

Strong finishes were recorded by Rachel Sheehan and Claire Crampsey who both crossed the line together in a time of 99.17 mins.

Other local finishers were City of Derry A.C.’s Gary Slevin (56.58 mins.), who claimed the runners-up spot followed by James Crampsey in 5th place with a personal best of 57.35 mins. and victory in the M40 category; Gerry Duddy (59.58 mins.), Bill Duncan (62.08 mins.) and Christy McMonagle (66.55 mins.) who retained his M60 category win.