Ultra runner Tony Mangan had a bitter-sweet victory at the Ultracentric 48-Hour Ultra in Forth Worth, Texas.
With a new race director installed, a mountain bike ultra was added to the weekend's activities, which meant a change of course to suit both runners and mountain bikers.
Unfortunately this meant that the runners had to tackle a steep climb on each of the one-mile laps, made more difficult by a bitterly cold headwind which hit the runners at the hill.
Mangan, as world indoor record holder, had been invited to run the race and had been assured that the winner would receive a cheque for $3,000.
Although others, including three-time Spartathlon winner Scott Jurek, dropped out, Mangan pressed on to win the 48-hour race with a total distance of 203.984 miles, not bad considering the conditions.
Despite his clear victory, at the prizegiving, he was told that he had not reached the minimum distance of 250 miles required to take the cheque.
"The course was very hilly, contrary to what I was advised. It would have been just about impossible for anyone to run 250 miles," he said.
"Plus this requirement was never mentioned to me or any of the other runners before the race," added Mangan, who is lodging an official complaint with the International Association of Ultra Runners.
Enter for Ballycotton
If you haven't sent away for your entry form for the Ballycotton '10' on Sunday, March 8, then fear not.
While applications for entry forms close tomorrow, an online entry form will be available at www.ballycotton running.com from next Monday.
Only the first 2,500 postal entries opened will be accepted. Registered athletics club members are guaranteed an entry provided they sign up before Tuesday, December 16, along with any runner who has competed in one of the four 2008 Ballycotton Summer Series 5-mile races.
Overseas entries will be accepted until Thursday, January 8, while entries from a limited number of elite athletes will be accepted close to race day.
IMRA take web award
Irish athletics celebrated a major award last weekend when the Irish Mountain Running Association website beat off competition from the IRFU, RTE's Olympic coverage and the National Aquatic Centre to win a 'Golden Spider' as best 'Sports and Leisure' website of the year at the annual Golden Spider Award,s held at the Burlington Hotel, Dublin.
Collecting the well-deserved award on behalf of the IMRA team and Version 1, the website developers, was Justin Keating.
Dublin Marathon 2009
Registration is now open for the Lifestyle Sports-adidas Dublin Marathon 2009 which takes place on Monday, October 26 (9am).