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Hundreds turn out for inaugural 'FIT' race

THE heavens opened but spirits were far from dampened.

The sun didn't exactly shine for the inaugural 'FIT Magazine' City Series 10km run in Dublin's Phoenix Park yesterday, but hundreds of people turned up to take part.

And the rain miraculously stopped as race ambassador Rozanna Purcell sounded the starting klaxon, accompanied by 'FIT' editor Vicki Notaro.

Running enthusiast and Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise O Muiri was also at the starting line, spurring on runners.

"Fitness really is the 'It' pursuit in Ireland in 2013," said Ms Notaro.

"The sheer numbers of people out pounding the pavements these days is incredible, and the sense of competition and sportsmanship on a rainy Sunday morning in the park was inspiring."

A group of male runners completed the first 5km lap in under 13 minutes, and the 10km run was eventually won by Mark Christie of Mullingar Harriers, who crossed the finish line just after the half-hour mark, taking home a gold medal and a cheque for €800.

Sean Coghlan, son of senator and former Olympian Eamonn came in second.

The women's winner was Aoife Talty, daughter of former GAA player and current manager Brian. Aoife, a primary teacher from Lusk, Co Dublin, completed the race in a time of 35 minutes 11 seconds, and was thrilled with her victory.

'FIT' columnist and running legend Catherina McKiernan took silver as runner-up, but didn't climb the podium until her husband had crossed the finish line.

The race was the first of two this year for the Irish Independent's 'FIT Magazine', with the next leg in Cork city on July 21.

With an early-bird rate of €20 until the end of June, participants can sign up at www.fitmagazine.ie for the rebel run.

Irish Independent