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In Pictures: Record number take part in Portlaoise 5k race

Competitors at the finish of the Portlaoise 5k road race

The Streets of Portlaoise 5k race saw a record number of 800 runners take part on St Patrick’s Day.

The annual 5k road race took place on what was a cold but dry morning.

Elite runners came from all over the country including Olympians Mick Clohisey and Kerry O’Flaherty.

This year saw the introduction of a new course and team prizes.

First to cross the line was Hiko Tonosa in a time of 14:40 from DSD AC, followed closely by Eric Keogh from Donore Harriers.

Mick Clohisey was hot on their tails to finish in 3th place, with Sean Heir Rathfarnham in 4th and William Maunsel, Clonmel A.C in 5th.

The women’s field was equally as competitive with Kerry O’Flaherty winning in a fantastic time of 16:10.

Shona Heaslip form An Riocht was 2nd, with Claire McCarthy following in 3rd. Linda Byrne from DSD A.C. followed in 4th with our own Mary Mulhare finishing in 5th place.

Over 350 children lined up to take part in the three children’s fun runs with each child receiving a medal and Easter egg.

Portlaoise Athletic Club would like to thank everyone who supported the 5k race including all our sponsors and marshals.

A special word of thanks to all the Gardaí for all their help in ensuring that the Streets of Portlaoise 5k ran smoothly and safely.

Full results can be viewed on popupraces.ie.

Our photographer was also there and she captured some of the action:

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