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Hundreds ‘Conquer the Cairn’

21 August 2015

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 chris.mccarney@midulstercouncil.org or visit www.blackwaterregion.com. 

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