Michael Flanagan, Tuam Wins The Westport Sea2Summit Adventure Race,
in a time of 2.55:46!
Under ideal November weather conditions, over 1500 athletes took the ultimate challenge of Westport Sea2Summit – one of the country’s leading Adventure Races with Michael Flanagan first over the line in a record breaking time of 2 hrs 55 Minutes! The grueling 56.5km course took the Tuam native through an intense journey of road running, mountain cycling and the challenging uphill run to the summit of Croagh Patrick and finishing with a sea dash and obstacle challenge before finishing in the middle of Westport town. “It was just an amazing experience, great to see everybody out there giving it loads, it was a brilliant competition, well organised, I really enjoyed the whole thing”
Men’s Category Women’s Category
1st Michael Flanagan 2.55:46 1st Fiona Meade 3.26:45
2nd Con Doherty 2.57:29 2nd Marie Boyle 3.38:28
3rd Shane Scully 2.59:19 3rd Moire O’Sullivan 3.47:44
3rd Gary Scully 2.59:19
Men’s Category Women’s Category
1st Brendan Conway 1.38:32 1st Mary Daly 1.55:16
2nd Martin Nee 1.45:53 2nd Catherine Conway 1.59:39
3rd Jimmy Lawlor 1.46:28 3rd Eimear Kelly 2.10:02
1st Team T Bourke 2.49:10
Brothers Shane and Gary Scully took joint 3rd prize in a time of 2 hrs and 59 minutes.
First Supreme Lady over the Line was Fiona Meade in a time of 3 hrs and 26 Minutes.
The extreme sporting challenge attracted the crème de la crème of Adventure Race enthusiasts in Ireland, – a testament to the quality of the course and the intensity of the Sea2Summit challenge. Also taking part in the event included well known athletes World Champion Walker Rob Heffernan, European Indoor World Champion David Gillick, GAA All Stars, Paul Curran and Dessie Dolan. Leading the field with a host of celebrities included Bressie and Hardy Bucks Martin Maloney.
The Sea2Summit event offered competitors a choice of two race categories;
The S2S Supreme The S2S Spirit
4.5k run 4.5k run
8k cycle 8k cycle
5k Mountain Hike (Croagh Patrick) 3k Mountain Hike (Croagh Patrick)
35k cycle 8k cycle
4k run with sea dash & obstacle course 4k run with sea dash & obstacle course
Total distance 56.5kms Total distance 27.5kms
“This year the event has surpassed all of our expectations and thankfully has been a huge success for the fourth year in a row! With 1,500 competitors taking part Sea 2 Summit is the fastest growing adventure race in Ireland. The weather conditions were ideal, the athletes were up for the challenge and it was amazing to see family and friends out in their droves to cheer on the participants. No doubt there will be a few aching muscles and blisters but there is a real sense of accomplishment amongst all competitors” stated Sea2Summit Race Director Paul O’ Brien.
This years charity partner is LARCC, the only Residential Cancer Care Facility in the country. As the Ambassador for LARCC Bressie was delighted to compete in Westport Sea2Summit and raise funds to support this vital service. “I find it hard to believe there is a better setting on earth to do a race such as this. The scenery and the hairibo were the only thing that got me through it “
Spearheaded by the Westport Plaza & Castlecourt Hotel Resort, the adventure Race is welcomed as an exemplary tourism & sporting initiative, reaffirming Westport as the adventure capital of Ireland! Full race results are available on www.westportsea2summit.ie or follow us on Facebook on Sea 2 Summit.