Saturday 28 August 2010

Diamond's in the Rough
Report from the Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure Race, Co.Galway

The first ever Connemara Rough Diamond ‘John Wayne Steeplechase’ took place last Saturday, 28th August, on Lettergesh Beach, Co. Galway. The competitors raced over a 1 mile 4 furlong course with hay bales for fences. This hugely successful and historical event commemorated John Wayne’s achievements on the same stretch of sand 60 years ago.

Then it was onto the bikes for a route with breathtaking views of Connemara. Waiting at Kylemore was the "fear gorta" assault course which was one of the fun sections of the course with a surprise around every corner. The final run section was up Diamond Hill with stunning panoramic views to enjoy. The finishing line was on the lawns of Connemara West in Letterfrack where locals, friends and family were waiting to cheer on the competitors as they finished.

To top it off there was a tasty post race meal of local mussels (from Killary Fjord) and pasta for the participants, just what the doctor ordered to feed the tired leg muscles. The perfect end to a great adventure.

The John Wayne Steeplechase was won by Andrew Carroll (Lucan) and he chose the bonnet afterwards.

The overall race winners were:
1 Paul Mahon (Dublin) 1:33:52
2 Andrew Carroll (Lucan) 1:35:10
3 Brendan Monaghan (Tuam) 1:48:01

The ladies race winners were:
1 Betty Walsh (Newport) 1:51:45
2 Susie Mitchell (Dublin) 1:59:29
3 Michelle Ryan (Athlone) 2:00:55

The West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation Croí will benefit from funds raised by this unique Connemara event.
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