Clonown running spirits to the fore despite inclement weather conditions

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Post race joy etched on the faces of Moate Athlone Running Group memners, l-r, Michelle Collins, Laura Nally and Edel Doyle

Post race joy etched on the faces of Moate Athlone Running Group memners, l-r, Michelle Collins, Laura Nally and Edel Doyle

Despite inclement weather conditions, comprising of incessant rainfall and buffeting winds, large numbers graced the starting lines of the respective 5km and 10km runs in the tight knit Clonown community on Sunday afternoon.

An annual event, this was the tenth hosting of the perennially popular race which sees runners from the locality and the extended Midlands region descend upon the village to test their fitness levels on a flat and fast paced course.

Walkers too, formed part of the entrant numbers and those threading camber in a leisurely manner were notable by their presence as proceedings commenced under the unfortunate grey skies.

Boasting a sub twenty minute time, first person across the 5km finishing line was Kieran Galvin, while Paul Mitchell claimed the 10km accolade, as he posted a sub 35 minute time, notable feats as the rain persisted for the duration of both running events.

The by now famous post running refreshments in the local community centre suitably nourished the sodden runners as thoughts turned the hosting of the event in 2020.

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