Thousands take part in Great Limerick Run

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THE mayor of Limerick has praised the organisers of today's Great Limerick Run which saw walkers, joggers and runners take to the streets of the city.

THE mayor of Limerick has praised the organisers of today's Great Limerick Run which saw walkers, joggers and runners take to the streets of the city.

Almost 8,500 people from across the country and further afield took part in the event which included a full marathon, a half marathon and a 10k run.

The winner of the men's marathon was Brian McMahon from Dublin. Brian - who won last year's half marathon came home ins two hours and 27 minutes. The first Limerick man to finish was Mike Cunningham from Cappamore.

Angela McCann from Clonmel won the women's marathon while Tracey Roche from Raheen was second.

The biggest event of the day was the 10k race which had more than 5,000 particpants. There was a real sense of excitement around Pery Square in advance of the start as hundreds of people peformed a huge outdoor Zumba dance.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, who officially started the 10k event said he was delighted. "It is absolutely brilliant for the city but moreso for athlethes who took part," he said.

Huge crowds also lined the River Shannon this afternoon for the first round of the National Powerboating Championships which were one of the highlights of the Riverfest weekend.