The annual Dromahair 4 Mile Run/Walk took place on Sunday, August 19. There was a great field of 140 runners 35 walkers for the eighth running of this race.
Weather conditions were ideal for the start of the race, which was excellently organized this year again by Tom and Violet Cullen, Danny and Dolores Hannon, and Trevor and Imelda McDaid, in conjunction with North Leitrim Athletic Club.
The race has gained popularity and stature and is now a key event in the Sligo/Leitrim athletics calendar. It is also part of the Filan’s Centra Sligo Credit Union Road Race League series. Sligo AC, North Sligo AC, and North Leitrim AC were particularly well represented in the main race, and it was North Leitrim AC runner Liam Feely who took top honours in an impressive time of 21.15.
In second place was a visiting runner from USA, Win Koenck who finished in 22.05, with Raymond Byrne from the Sligo Triathlon Club coming in third in 22.27.
North Sligo AC’s Aisling van Rensburg ran a great race to take the senior women’s title in a time of 25.44 with fellow club mate Una McCool taking second place in a time of 26.08. Third women home was Elizabeth McCabe in 27.44.
The weather changed dramatically in the latter part of the race, when the skies opened and rain fell incessantly.
Despite the heavy rain, the runners and walkers alike battled on, in the knowledge that there would be the usual excellent Dromahair post-race refreshments waiting for them when they finished.
The main event was preceded by a series of children’s races for U-6’s, U-8’s, U-11’s and U-14’s. The presentation of prizes took place afterwards in the function room in the Blue Devon.
The following are the top 10 finishers in the Dromahair 4 Mile Road Race: 1 Liam Feely North Leitrim AC 21.15; 2. Win Koenck Sligo AC 22.05, 3 Raymond Byrne Sligo Triathlon Club 22.27, 4 Shane Hayes Sligo AC 23.32, 5 Derek Hunter M45+ 23.44, 6 Neal Higgins Sligo AC 23.59, 7 David Kearins M40+ 24.08, 8 Oisin Harney Sligo AC 24.10, 9 Ross Downey 24.12, 10 Conal Sexton Sligo AC 24.19