Report by Mary Finn (Race Winner!)

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The inaugural Water Works 10k took place on Thursday 4th August starting at St Anne’s GAA grounds at 7pm. There was great representation from Sportsworld including Peter Knaggs and Philip Kerr who are well known to the Born 2 Run races and only recently competed in Newcastle at the base of Slieve Donard.


Race reporter and race winner Mary Finn!

If you are looking for a race with a difference the Born 2 Run races might meet your needs. Their motto is ‘Great Races in Great Places’.  These races are unique as they are off road and take place in beautiful scenic settings.


It was quite some time since I had ran in the Water Works. From memory I knew it was going to be a hilly course. Conor Kenny gave us a race debrief beforehand, outlining where the toughest parts were and when to push on.


The rain stayed away and it was a warm muggy evening. The race started with a tough climb for about 1 mile up to the waterworks. I completely underestimated how steep this was going to be and set off way too fast. After 1 km my legs didn’t feel like my legs! The race took in the two reservoirs along the lovely tree lined trails. The scenery was spectacular (if you took the time to look around and take it all in).  Each km was marked and there was a well needed water station along the way.

Overall it was up and downhill for the next 6km. The last 2km was a lovely welcome downhill. Conor had said to us that if we have any breath left at this stage to pick up the pace here through to the finish. I attempted this but had nothing left.


For me this was the toughest 10k I have ever done. In saying that I would definitely do it as the scenery, lovely trails and off road experience made up for the pain. At the end we were all awarded with a medal and yummy sausage rolls from the BBQ (perhaps not the best post-race recovery fuel but tasty all the same!).


Sportsword results

6 Mary Finn 00:41:41 (Race winner!)
9 Peter Knaggs 00:43:25
11 Nigal Burke 00:43:39
15 Phillip Kerr 00:44:02
18 Shay Brady 00:44:25
26 Nigel Elliott 00:45:42
29 Noel Lynam 00:46:21
47 Eileen Rowland 00:49:31
58 Conor Kenny 00:50:50