Saturday 23 September 2017

No laughing matter as comedian Pat Shortt struts his stuff for the Join Spar and Ray run

Ray Darcy after completing the run in the snow in Dundalk with Clogherhead ladies Siobhan Burke and Margaret O'Neill.
Ray Darcy after completing the run in the snow in Dundalk with Clogherhead ladies Siobhan Burke and Margaret O'Neill.
Ray warming up for the start of the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run in Dundalk Pic Arthur Kinahan
Ray D'Arcy completing the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run in Dundalk Pic Arthur Kinahan
Ray D'Arcy ready to go in the Run with Ray fun run in Dundalk with Willie O'Byrne, MD of BWG Foods; Barry Leslie of BWG Foods and Eamon Bishop of Spar Newry Road Dundalk. Pic Arthur Kinahan
A young girl leads the runners in Dundalk
At the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run in Dundalk: From Left: Willie O'Byrne MD of BWG Foods; Eoin Osborne and Peter Cherrie Dundalk Players; Ray D'Arcy; Eamon Bishop of Spar Newry Road Dundalk; Barry Leslie of BWG Foods and Stephen McDonnell of Dundalk FC
Finishing the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run in Dundalk.
David Cranny from DKIT completing the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run in Dundalk.
Completing the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run in Dundalk.
On the way to the start of the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run in Dundalk. Pic Arthur Kinahan
Pictured before the start of the Join SPAR and Ray 5K run, Mayor Billy Shoer, Paula Morrissey, Cekine Scully, Claire Foley, Ray Darcy and Leah Morrissey.
Runners warming up for the Join SPAR & Ray 5k run on Parnell St Clonmel.
Runners set of at the start of the Join SPAR & Ray for 5km run in Clonmel Photo: John D Kelly
Runners cross the finish line at the end of the Join SPAR & Ray for 5km run in Clonmel co Tipperary. Photo: John D Kelly
Rumnners cross the finish line at the end of the Join SPAR & Ray for 5km run in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Photo: John D Kelly
Nicola Maunsell presenting Ray Darcy with his finishers medal at the end of the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run in Clonmel
Ray darcy with 1st Pat O Connor and 3rd Brendan Kinnane in the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run
Waiting for the start of the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run Jccintha Hewitt and Martha Kertin
Ray Darcy with special guests Mayor Billy Shoer, Brendan Cummins and Roz Purcell at the start of the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run in Clonmel.
Runners set of at the start of the Join SPAR & ray for 5km run in Clonmel Photo: John D Kelly
Runners set of at the start of the Join SPAR & ray for 5km run in Clonmel Photo: John D Kelly
Rumnners cross the finish line at the end of the Join SPAR & Ray for 5km run in Clonmel. Photo: John D Kelly
Ray Darcy shares a joke as he crosses the finish line in the Join SPAR and Ray for 5km run in Clonmel.

Over 600 entrants went to the line yesterday in Dundalk for the Join SPAR and Ray for 5k lunchtime run – the fourth in a week-long series of events that have taken place at different venues around the country.

Among the celebrities present were comedian Pat Shortt, who completed the 5k course in 37 minutes, Niall 'Bressie' Breslin of RTE 'Voice of Ireland' fame, and Ruth Field, author of the bestselling book, 'Run Fat Bitch, Run'.

The entrants also included local Dundalk runner Collette O'Hagan, who has completed well in excess of 200 marathons.

"There was a great outpouring of local support for this event, which was organised by Athletics Louth in association with Athletics Ireland," said race director Georgina Drumm.

"All the athletic clubs in Louth joined together to help organise the event and we also received great assistance and encouragement from Fiona Healy at Dundalk Town Council and Sergeant John O'Flaherty, who delivered excellent Garda traffic management for the entire run.

"A special thank you is also due to Adrienne Keogh and Donna at the Lisdoo restaurant, who provided the HQ for race registration, and to Beagan's for the use of their car parking facilities."

The event started and finished on the riverbank walkway in Dundalk and followed a meandering route through the streets of the Louth town.

"This was another highly enjoyable event with great atmosphere," said Today FM presenter Ray D'Arcy.

The Join SPAR and Ray for 5k series culminates today in the Phoenix Park, where 2,000 entrants will go to the start line at 1.0.

Irish Independent

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