A beautiful spring morning and the support of Dundalk Credit Union ensured that this year's Friends of St Oliver's 5K race was the best ever, with double the participants of 2018.
More than 250 runners, joggers and walkers took part in the event, along with politicians Peter Fitzpatrick TD and Cllr. Ruairí Ó Murchú, which started and finished at Dowdallshill GFC on the Newry Road. Simon Ryan of Boyne AC was the male winner and the female winner was Laura Mathews of North East Runners.
Chairperson of Friends of St Oliver's, Cllr. Anne Campbell, said she was delighted with the exceptional turnout for the event, which is in its third year.
"It was brilliant to see so many people register and take part in this 5K and the support of Dundalk Credit Union, who selected our group as one of its community partners, was instrumental in the success. Thanks to the credit union, we were able to give out beautiful medals and to have refreshments afterwards. Their input was game-changing."
She added: "I would like to thank Dowdallshill GFC for the use of their facilities and the people of the Newry Road for their forbearance during the race. The Order of Malta provided medical cover on the day and there were more than 30 stewards who volunteered their time to ensure this was a safe event. The race was organised and promoted by myrunresults.com and I would like to thank them for their professionalism and that of Jim Gonnelly from the North East Runners who greatly assisted us. The Friends of St Oliver's committee, along with acting director of nursing, Marie Butler, worked really hard to make this a wonderful race and I thank them for their huge efforts."