Friday 28 October 2016

Sea of blue as 4,000 runners pound the streets of capital for remembrance race

Published 25/04/2016 | 02:30

Sandra O’Reilly, with son Adam (8) and daughter Rebecca (11). Photo: Caroline Quinn
Sandra O’Reilly, with son Adam (8) and daughter Rebecca (11). Photo: Caroline Quinn

More than 4,000 runners commemorated the Rising with an early-morning race through the streets of the capital, passing several key 1916 locations on the way.

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One hundred years on from the pitched battles at the GPO and the Four Courts, there were no snipers on the roofs nor shells raining down from above. All was quiet but for the sound of the running shoes on the tarmac as the Dublin Remembers 1916 5K made its way through the traffic-free streets.

Starting from Mountjoy Square, where Padraig Pearse plotted the Rising, the race was preceded by a hushed rendition of Amhrán na bhFiann. At exactly 8am, the first runners crossed the start line in a wave of matching blue T-shirts on the way to the finish at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Some runners had only just passed the Garden of Remembrance heading down O'Connell Street when the first elite athlete, Karol Cronin, completed the 5km route in a time of 16.16. Anna Sadowska was the first woman home in 18 minutes.

Others took their time to savour the history of the day, passing the Rosie Hackett Bridge and Liberty Hall before the race turned back along the quays.

With no traffic to worry about, it was a straight run past the Four Courts and Collins Barracks before a final strength-sapping hill to the finish at Kilmainham.

Irish Independent

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