The runners starting out at last year's Streets of Portlaoise 5k. Pic: Denis Byrne.
The annual popular St Patricks Day 'Streets of Portlaoise 5k' road race hosted by Portlaoise AC will take place this Sunday morning.
Like last year, this race is the start of the exciting “KIA Series” of races supported by Pop up Races.
This flat course produced some very good racing last year with Hiko Tonosa (DSD), setting the men’s course record at 14:41 while Kerry O’Flaherty, Newcastle and District, holding the ladies record at 16:11. Last year there was good competition for the top prizes with 27 athletes breaking the 17 minute barrier.
Hiko Tonosa will be back to defend his title but with John Travers and Martin Kinneelly, to name just a few of the entries it should be a very competitive race up front. Local interest in this race will include Cyril Cuddy, James Hamm, Paul Cuddy, Ballyfin AC’s Colm Maher as well as Colm Burke and John Fenton of St Abbans.
In the senior women’s race Mary Mulhare will be joined by Maria McCambridge and Sinead O'Connor battling it out for top honours. The junior men’s race with see Cian McDonald – of Irelands Fittest Family fame, out to defend his junior title while the junior women is wide open.
With a total of over €3,000 in prize money (for junior, senior and master’s categories) along with a bonus for a senior course record, this race will surely attract a large field. The programme starts with some juvenile fun runs at 10 o’clock with the main race starting at 11 o’clock.
Registration is still available on-line and it will also be available on the day in the Midland Park Hotel in Portlaoise from 8:30am.
For more information on the event, click HERE