A marathon effort
THE fifth annual Wicklow Gaol Break Half Marathon wound its way through the town and its environs last Sunday, March 23.
This year's edition was the biggest to date, with a total of 1,160 competitors from across the country ensuring a 25% increase on last year's participation.
Competitors gathered at Wicklow Gaol before making their way down to the quays where the race began in earnest. Two different routes were taken on the day – the half marathon itself and the 10km route.
The half marathon went along the Murrough and out as far as Rathnew before venturing out to Blainroe and returning to the Gaol via the Dunbur Road. The 10km route turned left at Rathnew Cemetery and rejoined the half marathon at the Wilton Roundabout.
Joe Cawley (of Bray Runners), Iain O'Byrne (Sli Cualann Athletics Club) and Brian Malone finished first, second and third in the half marathon, while the first three female competitors to complete the race were Sandra Lynch (of Kilcoole Athletics Club), Pauline Robertson and Laura Gillen.
Adam Pardoux, Clive Quinn (Wicklow) and Alexander Williams took first, second and third spot in the 10km run, with Gillian Earley, Hannah Nolan (Parnell Athletics Club) and Ciara Kerrigan taking the same honours in the female race.
The organisers described the event as a great success and one that they hope to replicate once more next year.