Members of the Irish Defence Forces were out in force in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co Dublin, last Sunday as more than 400 runners took part in the first race in the series of Urban Trail events organised by www.outfront.ie
Long-course men's winner (8.8k) Diarmuid Collins and women's winner Maeve O'Grady, from Co Cork, are both serving members of the country's Defence Forces.
O'Grady's fiancé, Daniel Morrogh, from Co Dublin – also a member of the Defence Forces – finished second in the men's long-course event.
Collins was a clear winner in the 8.8k event – finishing in 33.03, ahead of Morrogh, 35.18, and Damien Bourke, 37:03.
O'Grady finished well clear of the field in the 8.8k race where she posted 39.16.
Jill Horan was second in 40.41 and Helen O'Riordan finished third in 40.59.
Sixteen-year-old Ben Clarke timed his finish well to win the short race over 4.4k, finishing in 19.29. David Turner was second in 19.31 and Stephen Willoughby (Sportsworld) was third in 19.34.
Marie Reilly (Navan AC) was victorious in the women's event in 22.58. Carmel Dawson was second in 23.12 and Aileen Reilly finished third in 23.14.
Entry numbers for this first event in the Urban Trails series were down compared with last year and the event had to be moved from its traditional Saturday fixture to a Sunday in order to facilitate the weekly Saturday Park Run 5k in Marlay Park.
The Urban Trails events are well organised and popular promotions, and a great way to discover the delights of three Dublin parks.
The remaining Urban Trail events in the series are St Anne's Park on Sunday, March 9, and Tymon Park in Templeogue on Sunday, April 13.
More details can be found at: www.urbantrailsireland.com or www.outfront.ie