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Super Mac wins Top of the Mourne

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Super Mac wins Top of the Mourne thumbnail NEWRY Triathlon Club's Finbar McGrady shows his delight at winning Saturday's gruelling Top of the Mourne Triathlon.

FINBAR McGrady was a super winner of Saturday's Top of the Mourne Triathlon.

On a glorious day, on a picture-perfect setting at Rostrevor, the Newry Triathlon club member blitzed the punishing Mourne course to finish with the stunning time of 2.17.51 for the 1500 metre swim in the beautiful Carlingford Bay, the 40 kilometre bike ride through the Mournes, including a punishing climb to Spelga, and an even more punishing 10 kilometre mountainous run through Kilbroney Park.

The tall doctor clocked 23.36 for the swim, 1.11.26 for the bike ride and 41.38 for the run.

Finbar told the Democrat after the race: "I'm absolutely delighted to win the race. I knew it would be tough as Gavin Corey is a faster runner than me. I worked hard on the bike to make sure I had enough of a lead to stay away and thankfully I was able to do that." As it happens McGrady ran quicker than Corey who did place second (2.24.29) while Andrew Kinane was third in 2.24.51.

The female winners were Helen Murray (2.56.26), Rachel Hayes (2.56.48) and June McMinn (2.56.57).

There were no locals in that bunch but Maria Byrne's team showed a bit of class to win the relay race with a fast 2.48.30. Maria swam 24.54, Ciara Havern biked 1.31.17 while Caroline Wade ran 51.07.

Other locals who made the prizes were: Oliver Harkin (2.28.00: 35-49 age group), Peter Tomany (2.28.14: 35-49 age group), Peter McConville (2.32.16: Over 50 age group), Mick Dunford (2.56.56: Over 50 age group) and Mick's wife Deirdre (3.28.54: Over 50 age group).

It was a brilliant race with 130 triathletes plunging into a flat clear Carlingford Lough - that never looked better.

The weather was absolutely brilliant for the picturesque bike ride through the Mountains of Mourne and stayed that way for the tough run through Kilbroney.

There were some exceptional performances on the day. Some, including former Carnbane League footballer Ciaran Fleming, did the race for the first time but no one got it easy.

Nonetheless the day went swimmingly with the Newry Triathlon Club doing a superb job in organising the event.

Just some of the people who deserve a lot of credit were race director Shane McCourt, Ciaran Rodgers, Martin Mallon, Milo McCourt, Padraig Mallon, Catherine Murphy, Stephen Boyle and Neil McDonald.

Shane McCourt told the Democrat: "It was a superb day and a superb race. I would like to thank everyone who helped out, including marshals and sponsors. I would also like to give a special thanks to the PSNI.

They were first class." Incidentally all the triathletes, marshals and helpers enjoyed the delicious food after the race, food that was generously sponsored by Adrian Garvey of Synge & Byrne.

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