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Craanford community pick up the pace at Run with Ray fundraising in north Wexford

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From left: Mary Payne with Hallie, Mikey, Jamie, Ellie, and Robert Payne.

From left: Mary Payne with Hallie, Mikey, Jamie, Ellie, and Robert Payne.

Myles and Myles Jr Redmond waiting for the run to start.

Myles and Myles Jr Redmond waiting for the run to start.

The front runners approach the finish line.

The front runners approach the finish line.

Jacqueline Cooney with her dog.

Jacqueline Cooney with her dog.

Raymond Byrne making his way down the street.

Raymond Byrne making his way down the street.

Raymond Byrne crossing the finish line.

Raymond Byrne crossing the finish line.

Mary Doyle and Paddy Kinsella.

Mary Doyle and Paddy Kinsella.

Joe Dixon with Colleen Timmons and Ger Doran.

Joe Dixon with Colleen Timmons and Ger Doran.

Jamie O’Loughlin with Evelyn and Dolly.

Jamie O’Loughlin with Evelyn and Dolly.

Shay and Chantelle Earls preparing the refreshments.

Shay and Chantelle Earls preparing the refreshments.

Jimmy Whitty and Raymond Byrne with Noel Kennedy and Shane Gregan.

Jimmy Whitty and Raymond Byrne with Noel Kennedy and Shane Gregan.

Peter Whitty with Margaret, Molly and Fiona Whitty.

Peter Whitty with Margaret, Molly and Fiona Whitty.

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From left: Mary Payne with Hallie, Mikey, Jamie, Ellie, and Robert Payne.

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The Run with Ray has been picking up the pace since it first launched five years ago and after a two-year pause, members of the Craanford community were ready to get moving once again.

This year's race saw 141 participants pound the pavement, with people and pets of all ages coming out to show their support. According to event organiser, Raymond Byrne, the event was a great success.

"Craanford is a great little parish and everyone came out to support it as best they could,” he said.

After the race, everyone was treated to some live music and refreshments in a tent offered to the group by Redmond's Hotel. While the total amount raised has yet to be finalised, Ray reckons they are ‘on to a winner'. All of the money raised will be donated to a cancer charity.

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The winners of the race were as follows:

Mens 5K

1st – Sean Hehir (16 minutes)

2nd – Joe Byrne (16.01 minutes)

3rd – Myles Gibbons (16.11 minutes)

Women’s 5K

1st – Sile O’Byrne (17.32 minutes, breaking the women’s record of 18.36 minutes)

2nd – Clodagh Kelly (18.24 minutes)

3rd – Danielle Hennessey (21.36 minutes)


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