Niamh O'Boyle once again showed she's a class act as she put runners to the sword in the 30th annaversity of the first Irish mountain race. The race was a recreation of the original route held in Ticknock (3rock) in 1980. Straight up to the summit and straight back down. The runners set off from the lower carpark and went along the Dublin Mountain Way track before heading straight up the bone shaker, a rocky track favoured by down hill mountain bikers. Its steep and rocky, a technical runners dream.
Niamh was first female in a time of 31:19, finishing a credible 13th overall! Apparently there was a whole host of runners who took an extra few km, including Niall McAlinden (CNOC!) finishing in 21st.
In a quick interview with Niamh a short time after she crossed the line, I asked her how was her race, she was pretty blunt saying "aah, yea, it was grand" and that was the extent of the conversation.
Remember, on Tuesday night - the 2nd CNOC Summer Series race takes place on the Curragh.
First start is 18:30 at Lumville House, just off the M7. What better way to spend a glorious sunny* evening, than racing through the intricate furzes bushes on the flat* Curragh plains
(*sun and flat can not be guaranteed)