Athletics: ‘Raheny 5’ looks set for big crowd on race return

by Aaron Dunne
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The AXA Raheny 5 returns to the roads after going virtual in 2021 due the Covid-19 pandemic and again looks to return a big crowd to Raheny on Sunday, January 30. 

“We’re delighted to be bringing the Raheny 5 back to the roads of Raheny on the last Sunday in January,” said AXA Raheny 5 race director Dave Hooper ahead of the 38th edition of the race.

“A lot has changed since we last held the race in 2020, we in Raheny Shamrock are looking forward to hosting the AXA Raheny 5, in line with all public health guidelines and delivering a safe and fun event.”

“AXA is proud of its long and continued association with this premier event, having first sponsored it in 2005,” added Philip Bradley, CEO of  AXA Ireland. “ We are happy to see the race back on the roads of Raheny this year. It is an important local event, and with a number of branches in the locality AXA are delighted to offer its support”.  

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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 senior cross-country men’s and women’s already entered.

2020 champion, Ireland senior international Hiko Tonosa is expected to lead the charge and is expected to be joined by two-time European cross-country champion Fionnuala McCormack.

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.

Caption: Dave Hooper, AXA Raheny 5 race director (left), Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrock and Ireland Olympian and Robert Fagan, AXA Branch Manager, Swords

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