The second Patsy Kelly 5K run proved once again to be a hugely successful event with 517 runners, joggers and walkers taking part on what proved to be a perfect spring evening.
The event which was put together by Clan na Gael GAA club and North East Runners was organised as a tribute to well known ‘Clan’ Patsy Kelly, an avid road runner who tragically passed away in 2010 whilst out jogging.
The route started at the top of the Ecco Rd turning right onto the Castletown Rd through O’Hanlon Park ad Ice House Hill before turning right again down the Ecco Road and finishing at the Clan na Gael Clubrooms.
All proceeds were donated to the local SOSAD organisation a free service dedicated to helping all people who might be considering suicide, suffering from depression or bereaved by suicide.
Maurice Harrison, for the Clans club, was delighted with how smoothly the race ran and thanked everybody who helped make the event such a success.
“So many people were involved in the organisation of the race from members of the North East Runners, to the Kelly family, to all the 65 stewards who volunteered their time, to the Clans women preparing all the food, we are all extremely grateful to them all.” said Maurice
“A big mention also has to go to Paul Gray who put in a Trojan amount of work to ensure that this race was a success.” added Maurice.
“Most importantly I’d like to thank each and every person who turned up and I sincerely hope we will see everybody back here next year. The crowds came out in force and lined the route from Oakland Park, Fr Murray Park and right up to the Carrick Road.”
The overall winner of the Patsy Kelly was local running legend Gary O’Hanlon who won with a course record of 15:09. The first lady to complete the course was Aoife Talty who crossed the line in 16:46 also a record. Adrian McGlynn was the first Clan home while the winner of the over 60 age category was won by Patsy Fitzsimons in a time of 20:46.