World Trial Glenmalure
11 August, 2012MacMahon and Mulligan Win Again
The trials for the World championships (uphill) in Italy in early September were held in the Glenmalure valley in County Wicklow. The senior menâ€™s race was a close affair with less than one minute separating the top four finishers. MacMahon (Clonliffe) led the whole way with Eoin Flynn (Rathfarnham), Tom Hogan (Slaneyside), and James Kevan (Clonliffe) chasing hard. Ian Conroy (Raheny) came through late to finish fourth. David Simpson and Andrew Annett (Mourne Runners) ran well for sixth and seventh ahead of a tired Irish champion Brian Furey (Rathfarnham).
Sarah Mulligan (DSD) ran an excellent race to beat Laura Shaughnessy (UCD) by 46 seconds, turning around the placings in the European championships trial in the process. Both runners stayed reasonably close to the junior men on the long four kilometres climb.
Hugh Armstrong (Ballina) continued his improved form by winning the junior race by 27 seconds from Killian Oâ€™Connor (Sligo) and Killian Mooney (DSD). In the shorter junior girls race, Brigid Dennehy (Iveragh) and Sarah Miles (DSD) ran together throughout the race for a joint victory.