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fam­ily. “It has been in our blood,” he said. “I did one with Michael when he was about 10 and we walked it. And last year Michael in­tro­duced his fi­ancee, Rosie, to us at the Ci­tyBay.

“He would have loved this and we know he would have been emo­tional about it as well. He was here with us.”

Asked what he would do when he re­turned home, Mr Owens said “I think I’ll be a big girl and have a bub­ble bath”.

City-Bay race di­rec­tor Joe Stevens said the num­ber of en­tries for the event was on par with last year. The new half marathon (21km) and cat­e­gory for dog walked had strong sup­port.

“It was a per­fect day … it wasn’t too hot and there was very lit­tle wind,” he said.

In the 12km race, win­ner Jack Rayner came within five sec­ond of the race record with his time of 33 min­utes, 47 sec­onds. Sinead Driver won the women’s race in 37 min­utes, 54 sec­onds.

The half marathon was taken out by Paul Mul­hol­land in one hour, 11 min­utes, 21 sec­onds, while Aleesha Robert­son tri­umphed in the women’s section.

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