The now famous Tonabrucky hill has again proved the toughest test for runners and walkers at the fifth annual Tonabrucky Challenge which took place on Saturday evening last.
The 6km road race which is sponsored by 37 west saw close to 350 runners and walkers take to the hilly roads of Rahoon to compete in this novel community road race. The 2015 race was won by Mark Walsh in a time of 21:30 and Esther O’Flaherty was the first lady home in a time of 23:34.
The Tonabrucky Challenge raised monies for the Rahoon Newcastle hurling club and for Gorta – Self Help Africa Galway.
“The race challenges people like no other, those hills are unforgiving but it’s a 6km you will not forget. It’s so encouraging to see so many young athletes taking part and of course we have our die hard runners up to 76 years of age taking part. The event is all positive, it brings together the wider Rahoon community, runners and the GAA. It has raised over €35,000 to date and is getting bigger and better each year,” said Lisa Regan Race Director of the Tonabrucky Challenge.
“Anything that brings people together in a positive way, 37 west is delighted to support. Our crew took part and loved it. Bring active, healthy and involved in your community is what we are all about. This run is brilliant, it brings everyone together from the experienced athlete to your granny and that is what life is all about,” smiled Gill Carroll owner of 37 west.