Rudolph Run 04th Dec 2021
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On Saturday 4th Dec around 400 runners embraced the cold conditions to descend on Eskra, Co Tyrone for the annual Rudolph Run 10k and 5k. The runners and walkers took on the challenging 5k and 10k routes round the narrow country roads, despite blustery showers before the race there was a window of calmer weather for the race. The Organisers Knockmany Running Club and Eskra Community Association were delighted with the large turnout of participants from across the country and would like to thank all for supporting this year’s event.
The undulating 10k route was won by Sperrin Harrier athlete Pierce McCullagh, McCullagh pulling clear of the field to finish in a time of 34.55. Patrick J McKenna (Glaslough Harriers) finished second in a time of 35.09 and in third place was Phil Adams (Omagh Harriers) in a time of 36.24. Gemma MCDonald (Ballycastle Runners) claimed victory in the ladies race in a time of 39.46. Next to finish in second place was Grainne O’Hagan (Knockmany Running Club) in a time of 39.59 and in third place was Pauline McGurren a time of 40.31.
The 5k Race was won by David Gormley (DSD Athletics Club) in a course record time of 16.27, second place was Conor Moran (Mid Ulster AC) in a time of 16.54 and third place was Justin Bloomer (Mid Ulster AC) in a time of 17.24. Excelling in the Ladies 5k was local girl Cora Scullion (Omagh Harriers) who crossed the finish line first in a time of 19.15, second place Leanne McKenna (Kileshill) in a time of 21.17 and in third place was Aoibheann Conway (Shercock) 21.33. This year the Mens 10k Team winners were Galbally Runners, second place was Knockmany Running Club and third place Foyle Valley AC. In the Female team race the 10k winners were Na Fianna Runners, second place was Knockmany Running Club A and in third place Knockmany Running Club B.
The 10k category winners were Micheal Kerr Male O40, Delfim Pimental Male O50 and Tony Toner (Termoneeny Running Club) Male O60. Eileen Murtagh (Na Fianna Runners) Female O40, Jacqueline Rankin Female O50 and Bernie MCQuade (Run for Enda) Female O60.
This year the Rudolph Run’s chosen charity is Care for Cancer which supports the community of Omagh and its surrounding areas. Proceeds from this years race will be helping to support cancer patients, their carers and families in the local area.
The Organisers would like to thank all who contributed to the success of this year’s event, with everyone grateful of hot refreshments served after the race.