Runthelough Challenge at Loughmacrory Lough

On Easter Monday the inaugural runthelough time challenge will take place at Loughmacrory Lough.

This is a new and exciting timed run around the lough. The adult races will be chip timed and a course record will be set in this inaugural race. A live leader board will be available online and participants can try to be the fastest around the circuit which is just under 2K.

Prizes of £50, £30 and £20 will be awarded in the women’s and men’s races. Prizes will also be awarded in the following categories, 19 and under, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+. Women’s racing begins at 5pm and men’s at 5.20pm. Runners will set off in groups of 15 to 20. Entry fee is £10 and includes a gym-sack for the first 200 to register. Discounted entry is available at

There will also be a section for junior runners from Year 5 to Year 12. Entry to junior races costs £3 and year groups will set off at 5 minute intervals beginning with Year 5 at 4.15pm. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each year group and every participant will receive a participation medal.

An interesting and competitive aspect of runthelough is that clubs/teams can compete to become the fastest club/team. There are two types of club/team, Sports teams (e.g. Gaelic Football, Soccer, Rugby etc.) and Running/Athletics/ Other Clubs. In these categories teams can have as many participants as they wish and the three fastest times from each team will be combined to find the fastest team.

There will be a trophy for the fastest team of each type. This will be an opportunity to find not only the fastest running/athletics club, but also the fastest sports team around, over a distance that should appeal to everyone’s strengths.

The event is being organised by the Kelly family, in memory of their late mother Roseanne and Loughmacrory Community Development Association to raise funds for Marie Curie and The Red Cross and LCDA. Proceeds will be divided evenly between these three charities. Local Marie Curie nurses and a local Red Cross volunteer provided invaluable support during Mrs Kelly’s final illness and the family wish to acknowledge this while LCDA are undertaking a development project to provide a sports hall in Loughmacrory.

A Just Giving page has been set up for anyone who wishes to contribute to the fundraising( Main sponsor for runthelough is Nugent Engineering, Galbally and a board acknowledging all sponsors will be on display at the event.

Refreshments will be served to all competitors. Duff Balloons of Britain’s Got Talent fame will provide entertainment on runthelough day between 5pm and 6pm.


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