Thursday 22 February 2018

All smiles as 15,000 join Great Ireland Run

Carla Reardon and Therese Barry, both from Limerick, before the start of the race. Photo: Collins
Carla Reardon and Therese Barry, both from Limerick, before the start of the race. Photo: Collins

Rory Tevlin

More than 15,000 people took to the Phoenix Park for the 15th staging of the Great Ireland Run. Elite athletes, amateur runners, walkers and spectators came together for a day of fun for everyone involved.

The event was divided into the 10K event, a 5K race, a junior run and a mini run for children.

Athletes travelled from abroad to take part in the main event, but it was local runner Mark Christie who crossed the line first, beating competition from British athlete Graham Rush.

"The Great Ireland Run 10K is a challenging course, so I'm delighted to have crossed the finish line first," the delighted winner said.

"The atmosphere was electric and I'll definitely be back in 2018."

Yesterday marked the 15th year of the Great Ireland Run and the event continues to grow.

Ireland’s Catherine Whoriskey, Kerry O’Flaherty, and Laura O’Shaughnessy after competing in the Great Ireland Run at the Phoenix Park Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland’s Catherine Whoriskey, Kerry O’Flaherty, and Laura O’Shaughnessy after competing in the Great Ireland Run at the Phoenix Park Photo: Sportsfile

Blogger Grace Mongey also took part in the 5K run for the first time.

The new mum finished in a time of just over 38 minutes, and was delighted with the accomplishment.

"This is the best feeling I have ever had. Having followed the Great Ireland Run 'Couch to 5km' training plan since January, it's a thrill to see that my hard work has paid off," she said.

Irish Independent

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