Weather fails to dampen Clifden Lifeboat 10k
Severe weather warnings did not dampen the enthusiasm of participants in the annual Clifden Lifeboat 10k race which took place on Sunday September 11 last.
Out of 111 people who registered, 93 finished the course which is deemed by many seasoned runners as one of the hardest race they ever ran. The first man across the line was Chris Mc Grath in 38.08 minutes and Roundstone woman Emer King was the first woman to cross the finish line in 45.29 minutes.
There was intense competition between a couple of teams and in the end, the Upstairs Downstairs team came in third, Lowery's team came second and Sean Nee's team consisting of local men Seamus Nee, Alan Keogh, Damien Joyce, and Sean Nee were first. The first run/walk was Marie Dickenson and the first walker Ann Flaherty.
The race is held in memory of 18-year-old Mikey Mullen, who died when the MVF St Oliver sank off the south Connemara coast in September 2004. While it is fast becoming a popular event for local people, it also has a number of regular seasoned runners from all over Ireland and afar who return every year.
All funds raised from the race go to the Clifden Lifeboat and organisers have expressed their thanks to everyone who helped, participated, sponsored, gave a prize or came out to support the participants, and helped make it a success.