Third running of O’Brien Challenge

THE third running of the O’Brien Challenge 26 Kilomathon will take place at Lough Fea on Saturday September 15 at 1pm and will be in aid of Charis Cancer Care and EMS. After last year’s successful race David O’Brien set out to make this year’s race was bigger and better than ever with more prizes, Tech T-shirts, goodie bags, medals for all finishers in the race, but the most important, there were more athletes.

And it looks like there will be over 100 competitors this year and with three major sponsors things are looking good with Steelweld Fabrication, Cookstown coming back on board for the second year, and Small & Hyland Chartered Accountants Cookstown and Magherafelt and Performance & Nutrition plus Cookstown.

David would like to thank them for their major sponsorship; also thanks to JC Stewart Magherafelt, Spar Magherafelt and Castledawson who are sponsoring the water for the race for the third time, and Cuddy’s, Mary’s Bar, Discount Store, McAtamneys Butchers, Bryson’s, Wine Sellers, Simplicity’s, Regan’s Taxi’s, The Copy shop,

Sperrin Tourism & Athletics N.I, for the spot prizes.

“With the help of all these sponsors I am sure we are in for a great race,” said David. “We have decided to give cash prizes in all categories. Due to work going on in Davagh there might be a few changes to the course in the forest but don’t worry there will still be plenty of trails to run through and the hills will still be there including the now infamous ‘Widow Maker’, so the course will still be as easy as last year!”

The day gets underway at 11am when registration will open in Charis house which is beside the Lough there will also be plenty of parking up at Charis house where there will also be a few rooms for changing and toilets and also be parking beside the Lough and more toilets.

The 26 Kilomathon will start at 1pm sharp which will include whatever relay teams that is entered, The 5 mile round the Lough start 10mins after the 26k there will be no timing for the fun run there will be medals and certificates for all finishers of the fun run if there is any t-shirts left after the 26k you can purchases one up at Charis house for a donation. There are no showers available after the race but there is plenty of water in the Lough. All roads leading to Lough Fea will be well marked with O’Brien Challenge signs.