The 36th holding of the annual Snowdon race saw two good performances from Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe) and Sarah Mulligan (DSD) over the tough 10 miles course up and down Snowdon from Llanberis.
Brian MacMahon joined Andi Jones in the lead after a mile and the two leaders were joined by Murray Strain and Robbie Simpson around the two-miles mark. He took the lead on his own in the third mile, led at the summit by around 40 seconds, and was still in bronze with 400m to go but the legs were gone and Italian Fabio Ruga got by. A solid performance by Brian Furey (Rathfarnham) in 16th and an excellent run by Stephen Cleary (Clonliffe) in 19th. Ian Conroy’s hard work on the climb (10th at the summit) unravelled with a slow descent.
Sarah Mulligan was third at the top but was passed by Katie Walshaw (ENG) who finished tenth in the European championships on the descent. Karen O’Hanlon had a steady run to finish 12th.
Men: 1. Murray Strain (SCO) 65:10; 2. Robbie Simpson (SCO) 66:43; 3. Fabio Ruga (ITA) 67:25; 4. Brian MacMahon (IRE) 67:45; 16. Brian Furey (IRE) 74:15; 19. Stephen Cleary (IRE) 75:26; 22. Ian Conroy (IRE) 79:26
Women: 1. Tessa Hill (CAN) 81:26; 2. Helen Fines (ENG) 83:10; 3. Katie Walshaw (ENG) 84:22; 4. Sarah Mulligan (IRE) 85:31; 12. Karen O’Hanlon (IRE) 95:23
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