Axa Raheny 5mile Road Race
Sunday, 31 January 2016 15:00
St. Anne's Park
The 32nd AXA Raheny 5 Mile Road Race one of the most eagerly awaited events on the athletics calendar will take place on Sunday 31st January 2016 at 3pm.
The event which is promoted by Raheny Shamrock Athletic Club is now rated as one of the country’s leading road races. It was founded in 1985 by former Olympian Pat Hooper. More than 30 years later Pat is still the driving force behind the event in his capacity as race director.
While the race will comprise a fair sprinkling of serious athletes what has made the AXA Raheny 5 popular over the years is that it caters for runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities. And you wouldn’t go home empty handed. Every finisher is guaranteed the famous Raheny 5 plaque plus a goody bag.
There is also a special category for walkers, which will begin at 2.40pm while the wheelchair race begins at 2.58pm. There will be prizes for the first 10 men and women finishers as well as the top three masters in all age categories. There will also be prizes for the first 3 juniors as well as the usual team prizes. Participants can enter the race online at www.rahenyshamrock.ie or drop your entry into the AXA Insurance Office, 4 Main Street, Raheny, Dublin 5. The AXA Office in Raheny will be open on Saturday 30th January between 10am and 4pm for number collection and late entries. No entries will be taken on the day.
The course remains the same with the race beginning near the Raheny Garda Station and roughly incorporating an outside lap of St Anne’s Park via a series of left hand turns. Chip timing will be used to accurately measure the finishing time of all competitors. The course is regarded as a fast with Gerry Curtis from Donore Harriers setting the course record of 22.39 in 1987, which was subsequently equalled by Mullingar Harriers’ Cormac Finnerty in 1994. Former Irish Olympian Martin Fagan won last year. The promoting clubs 3 time Irish Cross Country Champion Mick Clohisey was 2nd last year and is hoping to go one better this year. The ladies course record now stands at 25.37 set by North Sligo’s Mary Cullen in 2014. It is the fastest 5 mile time ever run by an Irish girl and was also a World leading time in 2014. Rio de Janeiro Olympics bound Lizzie Lee won last year’s ladies race.
There are also 3 kids’ races before the main event. A 400m for 5 to 7 year olds, an 800m for 8 to 12 year olds and a mile race for 13 to 16 year olds. There will be prizes for the first 3 boys and girls past the post in each race plus a medal and a goody bag for each finisher. Entries for these races will be taken on the day or at the AXA Insurance Office in Raheny. These events start at 2.00pm, 2.15pm and 2.25pm respectively.
Once again this year’s nominated Charity is St Francis Hospice in Raheny. Over the years thousands of Euros have been raised for this very worthy charity. So get your trainers out and get ready for the AXA Raheny 5 and finish January with a bang. For further information, contact Pat Hooper at 086 8158052 or Christy Reilly at 086 8543344 or email email@example.com.
Photos courtesy of Tomas Greally