The second night of the Burma Challenge lived up to all expectations with the majority of the field crossing the line within minutes of each other. This was the handicap night and those on the time and recording had their work cut out for them but the usual high standard prevailed. For the majority of people their run this week was faster than night one with Harry Hogan in particular the stand out performance of the night. He improved his 5k time by over two minutes to finish in an excellent 17.38 but yet Liam Kelly stole the limelight by having the fastest time on the night, stopping the clock at 17.33. In fact the top eight times recorded were all under 20 minutes with each of the athletes’ involved recording faster times than Week 1. Richard Daly had the third fastest time finishing on 18.24 with Nathan Bowe next on 19.14 followed by Niall Moore on 19.24. Nicola O’Mahoney was again the leading lady with a time of 20.33, over half a minute better than last week. Louise Fogarty had a fine run in 21.11 followed by Roisin Daly in 22.00 and Lisa Quinlan 22.40 with Sinead Butler finishing in 23.30. Again the ladies followed the men by recording faster times than week 1.
A number of newcomers from Week 1 saw an additional team formed and a slight adjustment on one or two of the previously formed teams. At the end of the night when the results of the two weeks are combined just 1 second separated the top two teams Boulabeha on 123.35 and Moyne on 123.36. Rahealty lie in third on 125.06 again just a second ahead of Cooleeney on 125.07 with Derryfadda a further 32 secs back on 125.39 followed by Kylemakill on 125.58. Moyneard are next on 126.59 with Killoran on 127.44 and Moyne-Temple on 127.57. Less than 5 minutes separate the nine teams and with the cycle round taking place this week there is bound to be a lot more swapping and changing on the leader board.
Night 3 sees the athletes swapping their running shoes for their bikes and this is always a spectacular night with various models of bicycles on display. Nonetheless the competitive edge is always there and those not so great on the run can excel on the bike while the opposite can also bear fruit with those good on the run not so good on the bike. The formbook can certainly be torn up on the night. The cycle gets underway around 7.30pm with all expected back within 20 minutes of starting. Again those at the finish recording and timing will have to be on their toes as the bikes zoom across the line. The Burma Challenge also provides a social aspect to the event with refreshments served afterwards and it is great to see everyone interacting afterwards and enjoying the occasion.