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Molly and Oisin Brennan at the Slieve Bearnagh Mountain Race, in which they won their respective races - View Full Size Image
Molly and Oisin Brennan at the Slieve Bearnagh Mountain Race, in which they won their respective races
Team Ireland, Oisin Brennan (fourth from left) at the World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy - View Full Size Image
Team Ireland, Oisin Brennan (fourth from left) at the World Mountain Running Championships in Premana, Italy
13/09/2017 MOUNTAIN RUNNING SUCCESS STORIES

Congratulations to Oisin Brennan and Molly Brennan (both Year 14) who continue to have great success in the sport of Mountain Running, which they pursue with Springwell Running Club.

Over the Summer, Oisin qualified to represent Ireland in the Junior Men’s event (Under 20) as part of the World Mountain Running Championships, which took place on Sunday 30th July at Premana, a small village on the Val Varrone Alps, in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. The 6.5km ringed lap, which incorporated 430m of ascent and descent round and through the village contained all the features of mountain running and was specifically designed to enhance the event by showcasing the athletes’ technical skills to the spectators.

In his first appearance in such an event, competing against the best in the world, Oisin ran 35.03 to finish in 55th with the Irish team in 11th place.

Just a few weeks later, on Saturday 19th August, mountain runners from all over Northern Ireland took on the latest round of the NIMRA Championship, the Slieve Bearnagh Mountain Race, hosted by Mourne Runners.

The race covered 3.9 miles in distance and incorporated 2,680ft of ascent – it’s classed as a ‘short’ race for the Championship. The classic mountain race took in Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Bearnagh and Slieve Meelmore, in that order with athletes starting and finishing in Happy Valley (top of the Trassey Road).  The junior race was to the summit of Slieve Meelbeg and back and, continuing their excellent mountain running form from earlier in the year Oisin and Molly Brennan won their respective races, representing Springwell RC which were also trials for the Junior Home International Mountain Races.

Congratulations to Oisin and Molly on these wonderful achievements and best wishes to them in future Mountain Running endeavours.