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Fivemiletown 10K race run for first time in 17 years
NOT since the mid 90′s has Fivemiletown seen so many runners gather at the one time to pit themselves against the clock and each other.
Wednesday’s 10km race was the first time the event has been held for 17 years. The event orgainised by the Fivemiletown College Youth Annex and the Chamber of Commerce had 115 runners taking to the road to complete the 10km race with 60 opting for the shorter 5km race/walk.
The 10km route followed the Fintona road, then looping around to come back through the scenic Blessingbourne Estate, before finishing in the centre of the town. With several testing hills at the 3, 5 and 7 km points the runners knew their endurance would be tested to the limit.
Many locals runners had chosen this to be the first 10km race completing the course in respectable times. Paul Finnegan lead Conor McCarroll from the half way point to take the open male category with Tom Mills winning the U16 race.
Marie Speight took the flag for the over 45 female category with Mary Hippsley winning the open female competition.
A large crowd filled the main street to support the runners as they finished the race. The organisers would like to thank all the local businesses and people who supported the event.