In addition to the those competing on the domestic hill running scene last week, we also had representation from the club in international waters.
After recent disasters at the British Fell Running Championships in County Down a few weeks ago, Ross Gollan and Ryan Stewart were looking to make amends.
Ross had decided to head for the sunnier climes of the Gulf of Naples, Italy to mix it with the continentals at the Vesuvio Skymarathon. The ’21km Trail Del Vesuvio’ takes in 1,100m of climbing around the famous Mount Vesuvius. It looks like Ross didn’t have time to stop at the summit to buy any volcanic souvenirs from the local market traders and appears to have found a better calibre of navigator in Ben Mounsey of Calder Valley. Ross managed to go one better this time and came home victor in a fantastic time of 1:34:20. Ross was followed home by Ben, both lads doing some damage to the local contingent. A great result for Ross putting his name well and truly on the map!
No sign of the official results or any footage, Ross can been seen above taking his first international win in the cover photo.
Ryan on the other hand just can’t get enough of the Mourne Mountains and he was back on the Emerald Isle to tackle the Annalong Horseshoe. Also a 21km race with plenty of climbing (1,371m) the race route covering Ross’s favourite, Commedagh. The locals had taken to social media on Saturday suggesting that Ryan must have made the trip as the weather appeared to have turned in the morning with the clag rolling in, probably when his plane landed. Not sure if he’s a bad penny or more likely, just very unfortunate. Conditions appear to have got the better of Ryan again who, after taking the lead for a spell, succumbed to more bad luck with weather and route choice. As you can see from the footage, Ryan was still enjoying himself and appeared to be able to see where he was going, at this point in the race, anyway! However, a worthwhile trip though with a strong finish in 5th in a time of 2:18:32. The race was won by local lad, Seamus Lynch of Newcastle in 2:06:09.
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