Friday 9 December 2016

Thousands brave morning chill for Lust for Life run

Paul Ryan

Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30

Runners at the start of the VHI ‘Lust For Life’ run at the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Saturday.
Photo: Caroline Quinn
Runners at the start of the VHI ‘Lust For Life’ run at the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Saturday. Photo: Caroline Quinn

More than 4,000 runners braved the morning chill to take part in the VHI Lust For Life 5K/10K in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

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Mental-health activist Bressie was among those behind the run to promote mental health and physical wellness.

Hosted by the Irish Independent, Lust for Life aims to raise awareness of the importance of looking after ourselves both physically and mentally, while raising funds for Aware.

Calling for the incoming government to put mental health at the fore of its agenda, Bressie said: "Hopefully the 4,000 people who turned out to run today can show our leaders the way."

Kevin Maunsell flew across the finish line first in the 10K with a time of 31:39 - his second year in a row to pull off the achievement. The fastest female home was Deirdre Byrne in 36:02.

The 5K leg of the event was won by John Dunne in 16:20 and the fastest female was Niamh Gallogly in 19:05.

Photos from the event can be found at www.fitmagazine.ie

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