28 August 2010
in the Rough
Report from the Connemara Rough Diamond Adventure
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
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.
For more information visit www.connemararoughdiamond.com