5 March 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The inaugural RUN FOREST RUN Rossmore 10k was a great success attracting hundreds of runners to Monaghan’s Rossmore Forest on Sunday last. The race was the final run in the series which was organised by BORN2RUN Events.

BORN2RUN teamed up with local club, Monaghan Town Runners to promote the race. The previous three races in the series took place in Tollymore Forest, Newcastle Co. Down, Gosford Forest, Markethill co. Armagh and Minnowburn Forest in Belfast.

There was a sea of orange at the start where runners who had taken part in all four races proudly sported their 4 Forest Finisher T-shirts for a group photograph before the race. Despite the rain, runners were in high spirits as they toed the start line to the sound of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’.

The race started at Monaghan United Football Club from where runners ran along the short stretch of road that leads to the forest park. Once inside the park conditions were muddy following all the recent rain but that did little to dampen the spirits of all those who took part. Local runner Caoimhin Kelly was the comfortable winner of the men’s race finishing in 35.26 – over a minute ahead of Newry City Runner, Don Travers. In third place was Brian McCarey.

The women’s race was won by Emma McKenna in 45.23 followed in second place by Monaghan Town Runner Lorraine McLaughlin and Gillian Cordner of Seapark AC in Antrim was the third lady home.

Stuart Paulin (unaffiliated) was the overall series winner and Janice Reid from Dromore Athletics Club was the female series title holder.
All finishers received a beautiful commemorative medal and race prizes were sponsored by Gotto Sports Belfast.

BORN2RUN selected Monaghan charity C.R.O.C.U.S. which is a support group for cancer victims as their chosen local charity for the event. Representative from C.R.O.C.U.S. led by Michele Moffett were helping with the post race refreshments at the event ensuring that all the runners were well fed and watered once the race was complete.

All in all a great day and one which will hopefully become an annual event.

BORN2RUN’s next race is The Castleward Challenge, a half marathon and 10K will take place in the stunning Castle Ward estate, a National Trust owned property on the banks of Strangford Lough in Co. Down on April 12th. For further information about BORN2RUN and the races they organise go to

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