Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mourne Skyline Trail Race

As I sit here (the following morning) enjoying a coffee in a warm and comfortable apartment in Newcastle, County Down, I watch the wind outside blowing an absolute hooly and I thinking ‘thank goodness I’m not outside’. Conveniently the mind quickly forgets and remembers with rose- tinted glasses….Yesterday I was out in this wind and at 700m (+/-) 9 times I struggled to stay grounded. It was my first Skyrace. Lots of climbing- according to my watch; good competition; mud; wind; and falling over. The 35km race was excellently organised and well marked out which was definitely required as the low cloud often obscured visibility. I didn’t get to admire many views but from sea level the mountains looked pretty impressive.

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I finished 6mins behind the World Skyrunning Champion, Stevie Kremer but it felt a closer race than that. We tracked each other until about 5miles to go when she just pulled away powering up the hills. I had been catching her on the downs but as the race went on and I fell (again) and rolled my ankle (again) and got buffeted off track by the wind (again) I seemed to lose confidence. Still it was a great race. I finished 2nd in 4hrs 30mins (yep not a great average pace but them there hills were pretty steep especially Slieve Donard).

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Me (2nd), Diana Wilson (3rd) & Stevie Kremer (1st) (L to R)

Post race and definitely post bath-

Yuck- did my legs leave any mud up there?

Yuck- did my legs leave any mud up there?

I headed out to enjoy some Irish culture, good food and of course a glass of wine with some of the other runners.

Thank you to Mourne Skyline Mountain Trail Race and Ian Corless for the invite and a great weekend of racing.

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