Coláiste Iosagáin 5k fun

Fitness Portarlington's favourite school run hits the streets for the fifth year

The Colaiste Iosagáin Portarlington Annual 5k took off at a blistering pace for its fifth year on Friday May 20, with a record 600 taking part through the streets, a sea of orange t-shirts.

Less than twenty minutes later, Christopher Whittle was first home, first Senior Boy for two years running, with Cian Fitzpatrick & Jason Fitzpatrick 2nd and 3rd.

Christopher Booth regained the fastest male teacher title, with Fionnuala Cleary fastest female, 20' 30''.

Junior Boys winner was Sean McCloskey. The fastest female student was first year, Becky Fenlon, with sisters Ciara and Niamh Murphy next best junior Girls.

Fastest Senior Girls were Aisling Whooley, Allanah Kehoe and Tara Guinan.

Special guest Alan 'Murph' Mullen of Operation Transformation fame, spoke to the students about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Organisers Sinead Dempsey and Miriam Holland emphasised that the event is about fitness not fundraising, with the entry fee covering the tshirt and chip timing.

Cycle Against Suicide was presented with a cheque for €2500, proceeds of the sale of three heifers, raised in the school field during the year.

Oakdale Retirement Nursing Home sponsored the event once again while Centra provided drinks.

Welcome support also came from the Parents Council, St Michaels AC and about a hundred students and teachers not competing.