Organisers of the inaugural 10k run along the new Shannon River Walk are planning to make it an annual event after they had a fine turn-out on Sunday 22nd May.
James McIntyre winner of the inaugural Shannon Town River Walk Run
Shannon Town Utd promoted the 10km and 5km runs to help raise funds to build a badly needed clubhouse and improve existing facilities at its Drumgeely grounds.
Winners of the Premier Division last year under the management of Donal Magee, Shannon Town is one of the largest clubs competing in the Clare District League and its junior equivalent with over 26 representative teams.
Club spokesman Conor Twomey commented that it was great to have such a large turn-out for their first major fundraising event that included many local families taking part and helping with the organisation of the event.
Conor said it was also brilliant to see so many youngsters competing in the 5k race. He added, “Everyone commented on the route along the newly refurbished River Walk with the spectacular views of the Shannon Estuary.”
After the race feedback from participants was all very positive, with many praising the route and how well the entire event was organised.
Conor thanked all who had sponsored the event, including Morrissey’s Butchers in SkyCourt, and St. John’s National School for allowing the school to be used for registration on the morning of the event.
He also expressed thanks to the Order of Malta for providing medical back up, Noel Marshal for his very entertaining warm-up, Cathal Jones for the PA system, Richie O’Donnell for timing the run and Peter Power who assisted with the route.
In addition, he said Shannon Town Utd is very grateful to all who took part in support of the event and to all the volunteers who helped with stewarding and refreshments on the day.
The winners all received their very own BackBaller, donated by inventor and entrepreneur Noel Marshall who, as well as conducting the warm-up, competed in the race.
The overall winner of the 10km event was Jimmy McIntyre who finished in a time of 36minutes 46 seconds. In second place was Mike Clune and third Brian Keane.
For the ladies, first home was Jane O’Leary, Mary O’Leary was second while in third place was Nessa Quinn.