Thursday 19 October 2017

140 take part in marathon

By Amy Lewis

Tina Mann, Keith Robinson, Anthony Kennelly and Niamh Howlin of the Wexford Marathon Club.
Tina Mann, Keith Robinson, Anthony Kennelly and Niamh Howlin of the Wexford Marathon Club.
Keith Robinson and Anthony Murphy of the Wexford Marathon Club.
AND THEY'RE OFF! All smiles at the start of the race.
Stephen Egan and Dee Boland.

A group of 140 people of all ages got on their feet for Wexford's second full marathon when it kicked off from Wexford Quay.

Padraig Moriarty was first across the finish line after a tough battle across hilly terrain. He sped ahead of the rest with a finishing time of two hours and 55 minutes and will now have his name put on the perpetual trophy.

Padraig was followed by Aidan Hogan (2.57) and Barry Casserley (3.08). Brigita Lukste was the first woman in over the line with a time of four hours and fifteen minutes, followed by Angela Ross Innes (4.18) and Tina Maan (4.21).

The runners got off on the right foot as a group of dancers from the Sheila Grace Dance Company provided some pre-race entertainment at the beginning of the race. Spirits remained high throughout the 26 miles as local people came out on the streets to cheer the crowd on their way.

Following the run, many of the participants enjoyed some rest and relaxation with a massage in the physio tent, while other refuelled in Whites Hotel and Billy Kelly's where big feasts were provided.

'It was an absolutely great day,' said organiser of the event Dee Boland. 'People came from across the country and we even had a few from the UK and one from Germany. We will definitely run it again next year.'

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