TT Racers beat off 30 teams in Relay
TT Racers, a group of runners coached by Terry McConnon who train in Trinity College at lunchtime, were emphatic runners of the inaugural The Relay in the Wicklow Mountains.
A total of 31 teams of five (with at least one woman) had signed up for this new 70km race organised by the Parnell club in Rathdrum, and 28 finished on the day.
From the start at Avondale Estate in Rathdrum to Claravale, the TT Racers were in front, with Tom Lupton's time of 46 mins 20 seconds giving them a solid lead on two Parnell teams and Up North, who had opted to put their female team member on the first leg.
Laura Shaughnessy for TT Racers stretched their lead on the second leg to Oldbridge, although Up North were making up time. On the shortest leg of the race from Oldbridge to Pier Gates, Caoimhín Mac Maoláin clocked the fastest time of the day.
Next up was a slog from Pier Gates to Laragh, with Don Travers for Up North clocking the fastest time of the day, although TT Racer's Rory O'Connor was maintained his team's lead.
Just one leg remained from Laragh over Mullacor to Drumgoff and, on this, there was no stopping Irish international mountain runner Ian Conroy for TT Racers. His time of 59 mins 5 secs brought TT Racers home in 4 hours 24 minutes 25 seconds and won them the €1,000 winners' cheque, sponsored by Ordnance Survey Ireland.
Second fastest on the leg was Jonny Steed a former winner of the Wicklow Way 52km Ultra, who brought Up North home second ahead of Parnell Dynamos.
Solo winner was Louis Byrne who finished in 8:21:36.