Streets of Portlaoise 5k 2017

With over 400 kids in all 3 races (U7, U10 & U12), this again proves to be a very popular part of the Streets of Portlaoise race. All kids enjoyed the experience of running down the main street with great support from all.The main race kicked off at 11am this year and the earlier start did not deter over 600 runners turning up to try and win this prestigious race. It was great to see each of or our neighbouring clubs well represented on the day.

In the Men’s race a group of 5 men were leading on both circuits of the main street, this group included Colin Maher of local club Ballyfin AC. Shortly after the 2Km mark Brian Maher (KCH) and William Maunsell (Clonmel AC) pulled away from the other 3 athletes, It stayed this way for a while longer until Brian made his decisive move and came home 6 seconds ahead of William, followed by Barry Keane (Waterford AC) 3rd Colin Maher (Ballyfin AC) 4th and Peter Arthur (Liffey Valley AC ) 5th.

First M40 was John Fenlon (St Abbans AC), M45 Tony Reilly (Portlaoise AC), M50 Aengus Burke (Portlaoise AC).

1st Junior male was Evan Keane (Waterford AC)

In the Ladies race local athlete Mary Mulhare (Portlaoise AC) led all the way and was never troubled at any stage. It is great to see Mary getting back to the form which saw Mary representing Ireland at the European Cross Country. Mary was followed by Michelle Cox (Newbridge AC) and Carmel Fitzgibbon (Thurles AC), Niamh Devlin (Dundrum South Dublin) 4th and Louise Stack (Portlaoise AC) breaking her own Junior course record was 5th.

First Female O40 was Jean McEvoy (Ballyroan Abbey & District), O45 Anna Duggan (Portlaoise AC) O50 Caroline Phelan (Portlaoise AC)

Eva O Connor (Tullamore Harriers) won the Junior women’s prize.

Portlaoise AC were well represented in all categories and it was great to see all standards being represented particularly our Junior Athletes and Couch to 5K groups who were tackling the 5K for the first time.

Special thanks again to our sponsors, People First Credit, Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Mulhall’s Supervalu, Downey’s Auto Stop , Redmond’s Hair & Beauty, Laois Sports Partnership, Permanent TSB, Ulster Bank, AIB, and Brackens Gala.


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