GR8 Dundrum Run

Saturday 8th October, 2016, saw the 7th annual GR8 Dundrum Race organised by members of Murlough AC in association with the National Trust.

This has been a popular race among a number of Orangegrove members. Over eight hundred and fifty competitors took part in the challenging 8 mile race on road, trail, boardwalk, and sand, starting and finishing on Main Street. Among their number were 19 Orangegrove runners.

The race proved to be an enjoyable one and appears to have become a favourite for a few more club members. Local girl Sarah Malcolmson was glad to be running the race again this year as working towards completing the race last year was her reason for taking up running in the first place.

Former Club Captain, now Club Chairman, Robin Montgomery was first Orangegrove runner across the finishing line with a very impressive 0:53:25. Brian Todd had another strong race producing yet another age category win. Well done Brian!

Full club results were as follows:

27 Robin Montgomery 00:53:25
100 Brian Todd 00:58:44
199 Carolyn Beattie 01:03:19
200 Jonathan Weston 01:03:19
320 Reg Sanlon 01:08:23
330 Gerald Harvey 01:08:54
346 Emma McWilliams 01:09:31
380 John Neill 01:09:58
381 Alison Hall-Thompson 01:09:59
414 Sharon Corken 01:11:21
417 Darren Moan 01:11:28
434 Jenny Powell 01:12:30
488 Alan Montgomery 01:14:14
494 Sarah Malcolmson 01:14:48
497 Karen Russell 01:14:53
525 Judith McCann 01:15:56
637 Melinda Wilkinson 01:20:45
750 Shona Pryde 01:27:24
788 Mairead Napier 01:30:15

Newcastle AC’s David O’Flaherty dominated throughout, recording 44:12 for 1st place. Mourne Runners’ David McKee (48:38) and Dub Runners’ James Trainor (48:51) secured 2nd place and 3rd place respectively.

In the ladies race, it was Ballydrain Harriers’ Amanda Perry who took the win, crossing the line in 54:08 (1st place) for victory. Collette McCourt took 2nd place in 55:17, with Diane Watson (City of Lisburn AC) in third