2023 AXA Raheny 5 – on Sunday January 29 next 

39th edition of the race set to take place next weekend

by Rose Barrett
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The AXA Raheny 5 returns for its 39th edition and looks set to be the most successful ever. 

“It is with great excitement we look forward to the 39th AXA Raheny 5 on its traditional date on the last Sunday in January” said AXA Raheny 5 race director Dave Hooper. 

“We have done our upmost to build on the success of the AXA Raheny 5, one of our main aims was freezing the entry fee price as people navigate the cost of living challenge this year” explained Hooper. 

“We are delighted to continue our support of the Raheny Shamrocks and their annual five mile road race” said AXA CEO Marguerite Brosnan CEO. 

“This popular event is a great example of local community endeavour and continues to go from strength to strength”. 

The AXA Raheny 5 is firmly established as the biggest road race in Ireland and has already attracted a high-quality field with the members of the Irish men’s and women’s European championship teams already entered. 

2022 champion, Efrem Gidey is set to defend his crown having finished eighth in the European Championship last summer. While a brand new women’s champion is expected to be crowned joining a list of European and World medallists such as Catherina McKiernan, Fionnuala McCormack and Mary Cullen. 

While the race will see the best of Ireland’s distance runners, a big crowd of different levels is expected. All finishers will receive the famous AXA Raheny 5 plaque. 

The main race gets underway at 3pm sharp but is now supported by the biggest children’s race card on Irish roads. 

The first of four children’s races get underway at 1.30pm building up to the main event at 3pm. 

For the 21st year in a row, Raheny Shamrock has partnered with Raheny Hospice as their official charity partner. In previous years, fundraising as raised approximately €10,000 per year for the hospice. 

More information is available at www.rahenyshamrock.ie

Feature photo: Raheny Shamrock A.C internationals Kate Purcell and Mick Clohisey launch the 2023 AXA Raheny 5 Infront of the AXA Insurance Head Office 

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