300 run­ners pound the roads for hos­pice

Enniscorthy Guardian - - PICTURES -

THE vil­lage of Oyle­gate was buzzing re­cently as around 300 run­ners, jog­gers and walk­ers from all over the South East ar­rived to take part in the an­nual Oyle­gate 10k and Half Marathon. A ma­jor fundraiser for Wex­ford Hos­pice Home­care, the event has grown in stature each year and is now a firm favourite on the run­ning cal­en­dar.

There was a great at­mos­phere at the start­ing line as both hard­ened vet­er­ans and first-time run­ners mixed and swapped ad­vice be­fore the big mo­ment fi­nally came and the race rolled out. The half marathon course con­sisted of two laps of the 10k course, set­ting off just up the road from the GAA club, head­ing up the Bog road, onto the Bush Lane, back onto the main Oyle­gate/En­nis­cor­thy road and into the vil­lage, turn­ing left at the Slaney Inn and back down past the school with the fin­ish line at the hurl­ing club.

While there were some tired legs cross­ing the line, there were plenty of smil­ing faces as par­tic­i­pants cel­e­brated their fin­ish with fam­ily and friends. First past the post in the 10k was Niall Sheil with a time of 35:10, fol­lowed by John McGrath (35:55) and Ed­win Keville (36:10). The win­ner of the Half Marathon was Tom Nolan with a won­der­ful time of 1:14:10, fol­lowed by Shane Scully (1:16:44) and David Ke­hoe (1:19:39). First fe­male past the post in the 10k was Jackie Carty (43:04) while He­len Doyle was the first lady home in the Half Marathon (1:36:46).

Once again, the or­gan­is­ers were blown away by the sup­port the event re­ceived this year and they wished to thank every­one who helped with reg­is­tra­tion, stew­ards, pac­ers, those who made food and stood at wa­ter stops, the red cross, the com­mit­tee and any­one who helped in any way, They also wished to thank ev­ery sin­gle per­son who took part, say­ing that ‘with­out you we wouldn’t raise the much needed funds for Hos­pice Home­care’. A spe­cial word of thanks was also re­served for the events spon­sors, along with Billy Reck who put a lot of hard work into the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event.

The start of the 10km race at Oyle­gate.

Ray, Sandy, Jonathan and Michael Kennedy.

Lily Cash, Jamie Mur­phy and Bridín Caf­fery.

Mary Ma­hon, Ali­cia Nolan and Caro­line Doyle.

Cather­ine Mur­phy and Frankie Mur­phy.

Han­nah Nolan and Steph­nie Hen­nessy.

Paul O’Reilly and John Bren­nan.

Michael Quigley and Dar­ren Shig­gins.

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