Paul Campbell led an entry of more than 3,000 home in the 30th anniversary Dublin Simon Fun Run in the Phoenix Park on Saturday, a five-mile event that has been a firm favourite with runners for three decades.
Campbell stormed to victory in 26.45, with former race-winner Eoin Brady of Raheny Shamrock AC taking second in 27.01 and Gary Hynes placing third in 27.11.
Gerry Doyle finished fourth in 27.35, and Brendan Ward was fifth in 27.44, with Bobby Bedford sixth in 28.04.
Annette Kealy of Raheny Shamrock AC coasted to victory in the women's race, finishing in 29.56 ahead of Sonya McConnon (Rathfarnham/WSAF, 30.14) and Maria Dolan (Rathfarnham/WSAF, 30.25).
Suzanne Foot was fourth in 31.57 and Martina O'Mahoney finished fifth in 33.19. Ellen Vitting was sixth in 33.39.
This was a fitting 30th anniversary for the very popular Dublin Simon event and a vital year-end fundraiser too for the charity.
A welcome addition to the event was the special children's area, where there was free entry, a medal and a goody bag for all who participated in some fun sprint events.
The event was also well supported by a number of secondary schools, and the young participants all seemed to enjoy this new running experience in the Phoenix Park.
This is by far the best organised event by a charity that I have seen in the park, testimony to the dedicated efforts of race director Michael Donlan and his team.
"It was heartening to see so many turn up for this 30th anniversary event," Donlan said. "The Dublin Simon Community have never been in more need of funds and it was especially encouraging to see all the young people taking part this year."
TALTY LEADS WOMEN IN SANTRY
Aoife Talty of Raheny Shamrock AC won the Clonliffe Harriers' 50th Anniversary Women's Cross-Country race in Santry Demesne on Saturday.
Talty finished in 16.20, ahead of Fiona Clinton of DSD (16.57), with Ailish Malone of the promoting club in third in 17.06.
This was a special 50th celebration of the founding of the women's section at Clonliffe Harriers.