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Sunday 20 April 2014

Sonia leads out runners despite superstorm

Sonia O’Sullivan braved the weather along with Josephine Moynihan, Mary Geary,  Charles Geary and Irenee O'Rourke in the Flora pro.activ 5K Fun Walk in Cobh, Co Cork
Sonia O’Sullivan braved the weather along with Josephine Moynihan, Mary Geary, Charles Geary and Irenee O'Rourke in the Flora pro.activ 5K Fun Walk in Cobh, Co Cork

IT TAKES more than an Atlantic 'superstorm' and 160kph winds to knock an Irish Olympic medallist out of her stride.

Sonia O'Sullivan bravely led four hardy runners for a 5km outing as her contribution to a Flora ProActiv health and fitness campaign for her native town of Cobh.

The Irish athlete, who won a silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympics to add to her World Championship gold, strolled out with fellow Cobh residents Josephine Moynihan, Mary Geary, Charles Geary and Irene O'Rourke for the 5km fun run.

RUGBY LIGHTS OUT

THE lights went out on Ireland's rugby heroes last night as their two-day mini camp in Tipperary fell victim to the storms.

Joe Schmidt whisked the core of the team to a planning session at the Clonmel Park Hotel, but the inclement weather disrupted the New Zealander's best-laid plans.

First, the front pitch at Clonmel RFC was unplayable, meaning the scheduled training session was cancelled.

Last night, the squad were plunged into darkness when the power went at the team hotel as the storms continued to rage. Today's training session has also been cancelled.

RESIDENTS EVACUATED

RESIDENTS in an apartment block in Dublin were evacuated after the wind caused damage to the building.

Emergency services described the damage as "structural".

Gardai and fire brigade were at the scene as residents were removed from the Waterway Apartments, in Ashtown, Dublin. The Ashtown road was closed to traffic.

Irish Independent

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