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Mourne Marathon

14/06/2018

Last Saturday 9th June saw the 10th anniversary of the Mourne Way Marathon.  

The event includes a marathon distance race, covering the entire length of the Mourne Way in Co Down, Northern Ireland, as well as a Half Marathon, 10 K and an out-and-back 52 mile Ultra.  The races are timed to have runners of all distances finishing together in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor late afternoon.

Seb Pflanz was one of around 200 starters in the marathon.  Assembling at the start in Newcastle, below Northern Ireland’s highest peak, Slieve Donard, it was clear to runners that the main challenge would be the heat.  The 12.30 start meant that after the early sections of the course through Tollymore Forest there was little shade from the afternoon sun.  The cloudless skies showed off the Mourne mountains in all their glory, but Seb, like the other competitors, experienced the energy-sapping effects of the relentless heat.  The course is mostly off road, with a mixture of forest road, mountain footpaths and open hillside – as well as 4,000 ft of climb and descent.  Whilst this terrain suited Seb, the distance gave him some difficulties in pacing: Having concentrated on ultras in recent years he decided to approach the race carefully, starting in mid-field at a pace appropriate for a 50 miler.  This proved wise, as other runners struggled to maintain their pace in the heat.  The last major climb, at around 19 miles, took runners from a river crossing up a peat slope over a 1,000 ft pass.  From there Seb managed to capitalise on his earlier cautious pacing to gradually work his way up the field.  The last few miles, on gently descending shady forest roads, were much easier and allowed him a strong finish, in 4 hours 39 minutes, in 39th place.  The race was won by Stuart Paulin in 3 hrs 28 m, with first lady Sinead Murtagh (in 4th place overall) in 3 hrs 51 m.  The challenges posed by the course and the heat are evidenced by the fact that only 8 runners managed to break 4 hours.

The Mourne Way Marathon races have much to commend them.  The organisation was efficient yet relaxed, with plenty of water and feed stations, and a real family party atmosphere at the finish – and of course free beer from the Mourne Mountains Brewery.

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