Sunday 4 December 2016

'What a buzz' Ray Foley completes his first 10km run after losing more than two stone

Published 07/08/2016 | 16:59

Ray Foley pictured at the 10km Finish line. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Ray Foley pictured at the 10km Finish line. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

Broadcaster Ray Foley completed his first 10 kilometre race today after shedding an impressive two and a half stone in recent months.

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The DJ finished the Rock 'n' Roll run with a respectable time of one hour and seven minutes. Despite being initially apprehensive about the run, the current Red FM presenter said he had a really good time.

Kira McCarthy from Washington DC who was one of the More than 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Kira McCarthy from Washington DC who was one of the More than 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Some of the More than 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

It was great craic. The buzz was brilliant and the other runners were great. Healthy people from all over the world," he told Independent.ie.

The volunteers were great. They were shouting encouragement all the way along. It was a really nice experience, not the drudgery I thought it might be."

The Mayo man, who previously said many people didn't recognise him after he put on some weight, said he is not yet finished his weight loss regime, with one more stone yet to shift.

"I will definitely do the Rock 'n' Roll one again next year. The bands along the way were great. I might do a few 5km races next, because I'm able now. I won't lose it.

"I threw out five bags of clothes last week that I can't wear anymore. Straight to the charity shop," he said.

A total of 13,000 people took part in the Rock and Roll races this weekend, with people from 53 countries participating, making it the biggest event since the race series arrived in Ireland four years ago.

Pictured heading up the hill at Christchurch Cathedral were some of the 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Pictured heading up the hill at Christchurch Cathedral were some of the 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

“We are thrilled with the growth we’ve seen in Dublin since we started the event a few years ago,” said Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series spokeswoman Stacey Campbell.

“There is such a robust running community here in Ireland, and the charming city attracts runners from around the world.”

Kiss fans were some of the More than 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Kiss fans were some of the More than 13,000 runners took to the streets of Dublin this weekend for the 4th annual Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

The race series was made up of a 5km run on Saturday and a half marathon, 10km race and 3km family fun run on Sunday.

Live music was performed at various points throughout the half marathon, with The Strypes headlining the finish line festival in Phoenix Park.

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