Newcastle runners Selected to Represent Ireland at the World Mountain Running Championships

Following the Irish selection race held in Wicklow on 14 July, for the World Mountain Running Championships in Canillo, Andorra.

The teams have now been announced with Newcastle AC’s Zak Hanna and Sinead Murtagh being selected, both having won their respective races in Wicklow.

This year’s course is uphill only and starts at an elevation of 1551m before climbing up the finish some 12km later at Forn de Canillo which sits at 2430m above sea level.

Sinead is earning her first international vest for Ireland having been in top form throughout the season on both the roads and mountains, with several wins and podiums to her name it was a great achievement to make the team to compete in a major championship race in the colours of Ireland.
The Irish women’s team will also consist of Sarah McCormack (8th in this year’s European Mountain Running Championships, and winner of the Snowdon race), Sarah MacMahon (also a winner of the Snowdon race) and Becky Quinn who is also earning her first international vest.

Zak is competing in his third World Championships in three years, and this will also be his sixth time representing Ireland in mountain running. With a recent 7th place in the Snowdon International mountain race and 19th in the European Mountain Running Championships last month.
The men’s team will be made up of seasoned internationals Mark Ryan and Eoin Flynn, with Kilkeel man Andrew Annett adding more local representation to the squad travelling to Andorra after finishing fourth in the trial race.