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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Over 4000 runners take part in Raheny 5-mile last weekend...

One of the big running events in Ireland last weekend was the Raheny 5-mile road race in Dublin on Sunday 28th Jan 2024. I knew it was a big race but I was surprised at the sheer scale of it with a huge 4,287 finishers.

This wasn't a cheap race either to enter with a €30 entry fee. Assume that say 200 or so didn't turn up then we get 4,500 X €30 = €135,000! It may not be exact but it's in the ballpark and it shows what kind of money is involved in a race of this size.

Looking at the results, there seems to be just under 2,100 non-club runners in the results. Add on say 200 no-shows and we get 2,300. They would have all paid the additional €2 Athletics Ireland 'One-Day Licence' fee which gives a rough figure of €4500. That's what Athletics Ireland roughly made from this one race which shows what a money spinner the 'One Day-Licence' is.

The first man home in the race was Cork runner Ryan Creech of Leevale AC in a time of 23m 58s.

1 Ryan CREECH 23:58 3123 M MS Leevale A.C.
2 David SCANLON 24:30 1262 M MS Rathfarnham W.S.A.F. A.C.
3 John Paul WILLIAMSON 24:32 1763 M MS

The first woman home was Shona Heaslip of An Ríocht AC in Kerry in a time of 26m 12s to make it a Munster double.

1 Shona HEASLIP 26:12 10 F FS An Riocht A.C.
2 Nakita BURKE 27:01 2761 F FS Letterkenny A.C.
3 Cheryl NOLAN 27:05 4043 F FS St. Abbans A.C.

Full results HERE


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