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TODDSLEAP.COM FIRST EVER NORN IRON MAN CHALLENGE

Toddsleap.com welcomed a top international field including marathon, mountain and cross-country championsto the first everToddsleap.comNorn Iron Man (or Woman) 25k Challenge and raised £3,000 in aid of Action MS on Sunday, 18th April.  This new top-class event proved its place on the sporting calendar with some of Northern Ireland’s top athletes hailing the event the best extreme run around!

International Marathon Runner and first ever Norn Iron Man- Don Travers from Newry powered ahead of Eirin McDaidin the final lap.  Eirin, a world-class cross-country runner from Dungannon, led for the first four laps but an old ankle injury proved decisive as Don Travers showed his stamina and picked up his pace on the final hill

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Kristofer Muldoon , Armagh Athletics Club, took third place showing his experience as an International mountain runner.

Speaking after the extreme running event, newly crowned Norn Iron Man Don Travers of Newry City Harriers said:

“This was a brutal course, but in a sadistically enjoyable way, you really felt pushed.  It was a War of Attrition out there!  The Norn Iron Man Challenge is like nothing I have ever done before- or any of us- it was great to be competing against different types of runners – a top challenge in aid of a worthy cause, Action MS and I will be back next year to defend my title.”

In the Norn Iron Woman 20k event Enniskillen GP Dr Elizabeth O’Brien stitched up the field with friend and Jolene McCarney of Up and Runners Belfast, taking seconD place.

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Dr Elizabeth O’Brien is a GP in Enniskillen, speaking after the event Elizabeth said:

“That was a really gruelling challenge, the Norn Iron Woman is a totally unique event and it was really well-organised.  Not only did we have the hills and off road tracks to contend with but the obstacles added a fresh challenge.  This was a fantastic race and I will be back to defend my title.”

The Toddsleap.com Norn Iron Man Challenge is a new annual event.  Powerscreen Dungannon won the 5k team event ahead of Skye Bodies In Need of Repair.  Top fundraiser was Barry Donnelly of O’Neill Strain Smith Chartered Accountants in Omagh.

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