The Irish Jog always brings out the whole range of runners and walkers alike and this year the numbers seemed to swell even more.
Hundreds turned out for the annual St Patrick’s Day 5k jog on Tuesday and even if the race winner was inevitable, it was nevertheless a great spectacle.
It was held around the Brittania Golf course in sweltering late afternoon heat but no one objected because it was for a worthy cause. Plenty of children, strollers and even dogs came out for the craic.
There were plenty of prizes including Waterford crystal, sunset sails, dinners for two and spa services and the free hats, face stickers, wigs and other fun wear added to the carnival atmosphere.
Sponsored by Butterfield and won by Scott Brittain who defended the title he first took last year, the most worthy winner was the Women’s Resource Centre, the recipient charity.
Brittain won in 16 minutes 40 seconds and second placed was Russell Coleman who came in at 17:15, closely followed by newcomer, Jamaican Jason Saunders who was only a second behind.
Fourth was Mike McDonald, Mark Hogan was fifth, Sammy Muchangi sixth and first woman home was Beth Schreader who was seventh overall in 19:36. Julie-Anne Pearson was the second female home.
Pearson had a tight battle with Caroline Chalenor who was third woman home, but managed to pull away towards the end.