Delight for Grummell in another Irish drama
Another week of IMRA running, another maiden victory, as Tim Grummell etched his name onto the list of race winners. His win may have been on the much smaller peak of Brockagh, and not mighty Carrauntoohil, but otherwise it had much in common.
Once again, Bernard Fortune did a lot of the chasing, and once again the event saw a dramatic injury.
Grummell, is one of the stalwarts of the local Wicklow running scene, having been a regular in the hills for some time and not much went wrong on a day when his team, UCD, also took the first prize. Bernard Fortune would have felt some of the strain from his long pursuit of Jason Kehoe four days earlier, and was narrowly edged out for second by Greg Byrne, forty-seconds behind Grummell. Byrne missed out on the chance to record a hat-trick of victories after his wins at Dublin Peaks 2009 and Glen of the Downs 2008.
In the women’s race Sonja Fuhrmann won well ahead of Clare Sullivan and Rossalind Hussey and could thus get one over on the mountain race which saw her collapse with heat exhaustion in 2009. Others provided the drama, however, as Odhran Hendly, went over on his ankle badly. A fracture was suspected and several runners gave up their races to help the Boards AC man off the mountain where Wicklow Mountain Rescue had been called out to take over.
The elated Hendley expressed his thanks to all involved and was clearly in good spirits the following day:
“Guess an update on the injury is due. No break or fracture visible from the x-ray, a fair bit of swelling with some pain thrown in, ironically I don’t think I’ll be completing the walk the line charity event in aid of Dublin/Wicklow mountain rescue on the 25th June, but I’ll endeavour to get that sponsorship card filled and complete the route at a later date!”
Full results now online IMRA.