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Friday 9 December 2016

Runners show Lust for Life at Galway racecourse

Paul Ryan

Published 05/09/2016 | 02:30

Niall Breslin kick starts the Lust for Life 5K race at the Galway Racecourse. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Niall Breslin kick starts the Lust for Life 5K race at the Galway Racecourse. Picture: Hany Marzouk

There were runners without riders at Galway racecourse, to participate in the Vhi 'A Lust for Life' event.

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The run, in conjunction with the Irish Independent, saw walkers and joggers of all abilities complete a unique 5km route around one of Ireland's premier racing destinations.

Olivia Caffey, Niamh O’Regan and Evelyn Caffey with Millie the dog at the ‘Lust for Life’ 5K race at the Galway Racecourse. Photo: Hany Marzouk
Olivia Caffey, Niamh O’Regan and Evelyn Caffey with Millie the dog at the ‘Lust for Life’ 5K race at the Galway Racecourse. Photo: Hany Marzouk

'A Lust for Life' ambassador, Niall Breslin, said: "It's so encouraging to see people embody the campaign's message nationwide, and I'm delighted to join everyone at the Galway run today.

Message

"Our message is simple - we would like to put mental health on the map, and our race series helps to deliver this message around the country."

The Galway Racecourse 5km was won by Matt Bidwell in a time of 16:49. Fergal Walsh was second at 17:24 and Brian O'Connor secured third place in 17:33.

In the female section, Niamh Hennelly came home first in a time of 19:18. Mary Kealy was second in 21:25, with Sinead Costello third in 22:06.

Speaking at the race, Kieran Shrahan of Vhi Healthcare said: "This is a fantastic event, which encourages people to develop their mental and physical wellbeing through running and exercise."

Next up in the series of runs is the 5km night run at Cork Airport on September 30. For details see alustforlife.com or fitmagazine.ie.

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