Thursday 20 June 2019

Craanford comes out in support of Run with Ray

Elisa Leacy with her daughter Ava and Olive Brownrigg with her daughter Libby
Elisa Leacy with her daughter Ava and Olive Brownrigg with her daughter Libby

Cathy Lee

This year's annual Run with Ray in Craanford saw whole families come together to walk, run or jog through Craanford and all who took part met back in Cooney's bar for the prize giving, with refreshments and music to enjoy for all to celebrate the abilities and impressive times of those who took part.

'Craanford makes it special and this year in our fifth year it was unbelievable. We had young kids taking part, a woman in her eighties walking the race and even some top class runners who took part in the marathon. It's really for all and everybody is welcome, it's one big happy family,' said Raymond Byrne, organiser of the event.

Starting from Craanford Community Hall, the 362 people who took part managed to complete the 5 km walk in great time but it was Freddy Keron Stituk first across the line in 15 minutes and 30 seconds, following by Brian Kirwan seven seconds later.

Clodagh Kelly Croghan was the fastest woman across the line on 18 minutes and 36 seconds, followed by Lillian Lawless and Anna Bushe Croghan, both coming in under 20 minutes and 30 seconds.

Over €3,000 was collected on the day and this will be used for the community in Craanford, from improving the parish hall and on to all groups who are welcomed there.

In the over 40 category Paul Gibbons was the fastest man and Deirdre Ni Chearbhail was the fastest woman, the over 50s saw Tommy McElwaine first to cross the finish line and Geraldine Murphy not too far behind him.

Brian McLoughlin was the fastest man over the age of 60, while Bernie Kelly was the fastest woman.

Only Tommy Lawlor was awarded for the fastest over the age of 70, and he recorded a time of 24 minutes and 38 seconds.

Gorey Guardian