Inaugural race at Mount Juliet

GOOD running conditions added to the lively atmosphere of the inaugural Run Mount Juliet event which saw more than 1,300 people compete in a number of races around the grounds of the estate.

Hurling manager Brian Cody was on hand to officially start the half marathon which proved to be a great success.

The event was well-organised with plenty of water stops and medics close at hand and local gardai closed off the roads around the estate and the village of Stoneyford to ensure the smooth and safe running of the event.

Over 300 runners completed the half marathon with hundreds of others completed a 10K race and a 3K race. The course was challenging with demanding hills but spectacular scenery helped to ease the pain for those competing. There was also fantastic local support for runners with several houses along the route setting up their own water pitstops and providing plenty of moral support.

First in over the line in the half marathon was Tom Harty with an impressive time of one hour and ten minutes while David Power was the winning competitor in the 10k race with a time of 34 minutes and 57 seconds.

The first woman to cross the finish line in the half marathon was Martina Power who runs with Carrick On Suir Athletics Club.

Reaction from participants was positive and hopes are high in the running fraternity that this becomes an annual event.