Hundreds of local people ‘conquered the cairn’ in last weekend’s challenge to reach the top of Knockmany, Augher.
While seasoned athletes and fun runners limbered up for the 5 mile race, children were already racing to complete their 1 mile course, as part of the latest event to promote the Blackwater region.
Councillor Kim Ashton, Vice Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, blew the whistle to start the race:
“There was a really great atmosphere at the event and on such a beautiful day, the views from the top of Knockmany were breath-taking, and the attractions of the Blackwater region were very much in evidence. I’m delighted that so many people took part, enjoying their local environment and a healthy lifestyle”.
Conor McCarroll of Knockmany Runners was delighted with the success of the day:
“We have participants from Belfast and Caledon here today. This event is a unique challenge with a very challenging climb along forest tracks but also a great day out for all the family”
Conquer the Cairn is the latest event in the Blackwater Event Series. On 6th September there will be a ‘Paddle the Blackwater’ from Moy to the Argory and on 28th September ‘Bike the Blackwater’ will involve a 120km tour of the Blackwater Region and Sliabh Beagh.
To register or find out more about the event, contact Chris McCarney [email protected] or visit www.blackwaterregion.com.