Oughaval Athletic Club hosted its annual Beat the Barge 4k run in Vicarstown on this Bank Holiday Monday, October 28.
Now in its eighth year, this is a most popular event on the running calendar and it drew huge numbers again.
The run comprised of 2km on the road, followed by 2k on the canal grass bank, and the aim was to get home before the barge – piloted by Philip and Orla Crean of Barrowline Cruises.
Oughvale AC said: “250 people registered and probably closer to 350 actually took part, when all the walkers were taken into consideration.
“The weather Gods were on our side-with a glorious,cold, crisp sunny morning – ideal for being outdoors.
“Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District AC’s Cian McDonnald was the first man home and Michelle Cox of Newbridge was first lady.
“As always-Beat The Barge were very generous with a whole host of juvenile prizes-from U-13 up to U-19. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way, and ensured that they everything went off without a hitch.
“Thanks to our super sponsors Downey’s Suzuki, Dublin Road, Portlaoise. Thanks to Chris Maguire and Stradbally Fayre for the delicious cakes and scones,and thanks everyone who brought food.
“Thanks to Mary Crean ,Caroline Costello Catering and Creans Vicarstown for hosting the post race refreshments-as always it is much appreciated.”
Photographer Andrew Murray was there on the day and he captured some brilliant pictures.
Check them out below: