DROMARA cycle racing star Mary Hunter pedalled her way to further glory recently in a tough time trial in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, which attracted some of the biggest names in the sport.
A full time personal trainer and fitness instructor based at a DW health club on Belfast's Boucher Road Mary finished fifth in the event competing against professional riders including Olivia Dillon from the USA and Siobhan Hogan who travelled from France to take part.
Competing in the men's section before leaving for the Tour de France was Nicolas Roche. It was a remarkable achievement for the local athlete who in May took part in a pre-Olympic time trial from the grounds of Stormont in Belfast giving a good account of herself against the cream of the sport by finishing 24th.
Earlier this year Mary recorded the fastest lady's time in major international race in Majorca and in 2011 was the clear winner of a gruelling competition in Tralee, Co Kerry.
An enthusiastic member of Dromara Cycling Club Mary is known and respected within the sport for her superb fitness levels and fiercely competitive spirit - attributes which have brought her scores of victories and personal achievements in Ireland, Britain and Europe.
Mary has expresed her thanks to Rushmere Shopping Centre for their sponsorship of a disc wheel for the Clonmel trial.