Sunday, 18 September 2011

Moorfoots in Albania

Sarah continues her globe trotting in Irish Hill Rinning colours...

Strength and mental fortitude are essential attributes for hill runners and
Sarah McCormack certainly proved her elite status in Tirana, Albania last
Sunday when representing Ireland in the World Mountain Running
Championships. She was delighted to finish in 37th place out of an elite
field of 63 from all round the world, despite turning an ankle on what
others have described as a very dangerous course over 8.8km and 500m of
ascent/descent. She was the first Irish finisher and came home ahead of one
of the GB team which picked up team bronze. No Scots made the GB team.

Sarah said "I was happy with my run but the race itself was awful - 35
degrees, no shade, they ran out of water, and very dangerous narrow
switchback descents. Half the Irish team was injured or sick or both. I came
down with food poisoning after the race and was ill across three countries
on the return journey!" An enforced but deserved rest follows.

USA took gold, as in the men's race, Kasie Enman finishing over 1 minute
ahead of the field.

(No results published online yet but report here )

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