Community spirit to the fore at Rosemount running events

Volunteer, Martin Healy, is pictured with Pat Fox, following his completion of the half marathon event in Rosemount on Saturday morning

Volunteer, Martin Healy, is pictured with Pat Fox, following his completion of the half marathon event in Rosemount on Saturday morning

Beneath gloriously clement autumnal skies, the second hosting of the Rosemount half marathon and 10k running events took place on Saturday morning last in the community focused village.

In excess of five hundred participants, many of whom are currently tapering their training runs prior to the Dublin City marathon (which takes place on Sunday, October 27 ), descended upon the rural location to test their stamina in both distances with encouragement in abundance along the scenic, but testing route, which incorporated sections of the Old Rail Trail between Moate and Streamstown.

With a convivial atmosphere most prevalent and conditions conducive to strong running performances, notable times were posted on the morning as Donal Mulligan of Longford AC was the first athlete to cross the half marathon finish line in a time of 1h 13m, while Tom Lupton of Portlaoise AC posted a time of 34m to seal success in the 10km event.

The first lady to cross the finishing line in the half marathon was Adrianne Mulligan with an impressive time of 1h 21m, as Fiona Gettings claimed first place in the female 10k race.

A wholly cohesive and community orientated occasion, many of the participants, upon receipt of their race completion bespoke medal and t-shirt, availed of the physiotherapist and ice bath services,before retiring to the community hall to enjoy the vast spread of light refreshments on offer as they engaged in post event camber threading tales and looked towards the hosting of the 2020 event.

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