Caherdavin man Martin Doody was the first Limerick man to finish the race PICTURE: DAVE GAYNOR
AN ESTIMATED 13,000 people are pounding through Limerick’s streets this Sunday lunchtime as the ninth annual Great Limerick Run got under way.
The main marathon kicked off at 9am, with the first finishers arriving back around 11.30am.
There was joy for Kildare man Peter Mooney, who won the marathon with a time of 2.29.23. He was followed by Cork’s Eoin Sugrue who was a further three minutes behind.
The first Limerick man to cross the white line was Martin Doody, from Caherdavin, with a finish time of 2.33.
Speaking to reporters, he expressed disappointment after leading the way for much of the course.
“I’m feeling good, but the last four or five miles were very difficult. My legs went. Fair play to the stewards, they helped me along and kept me on my feet. I finish third, so i’m quite happy with it,” he said.
The first female runner to finish was Shona Keane of Murroe, who secured a finish time of a fraction over three hours – despite this, she was delighted to shave five minutes off her previous best.
Meanwhile, the winner of the half-marathon was Kenyan Peter Somba, with Cork’s Claire McCarthy the first woman to finish.
The six-mile ‘fun run' – easily the most popular event of the day in terms of participants – is just about to kick off.
Around 35,000 spectators are lining the routes across Limerick to cheer on the runners who are taking part in the largest mass participation sport to be held outside Dublin.
Speaking ahead of the event, Cllr Joe Leddin, a member of the Great Limerick Run committee said: “I expected the numbers to be down, because of the weather, but fortunately the numbers have stayed pretty much in line with last year.”
To the city alone, the run is estimated to be worth in the region of €4m, while €1m is anticipated to be raised for good causes.
For more information on what's on, visit: www.limerick.ie/riverfest, and for more pictures, and reaction to the weekend’s events, see Wednesday’ Leader.
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