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Sunday 11 December 2016

Mary nearly takes the fall for her FF foe

FUN RUN

Mary Mitchell O'Connor avoided a political slip up at the Wings for Life World Run yesterday.

The Fine Gael TD was nearly taken out by a political rival, Fianna Fail's Cormac Devlin, who dramatically fell to the ground moments after the starting horn sounded.

"It's not the first time I have managed to avoid being tripped up by Fianna Fail," Mitchell O'Connor joked afterwards.

"I'm glad I didn't fall - I would have been totally and completely mortified."

Devlin, who decided to flout convention and run the race in a pair of boot cut jeans in lieu of Lycra leggings, lost his footing after an onlooker allegedly advised him to "slow down".

"I started running and someone shouted 'You're going too fast Cormac,' so I tried to slow down but my feet went from under me and I fell flat on my back," he said.

STUMBLE

Devlin claims he didn't "stay down too long" as he was concerned Munster rugby player Simon Zebo would trample upon him.

"When you know Zebo is behind you you've got to get back on your feet quickly," he said. As it happens Zebo was, in fact, ahead of Devlin at the time of the stumble.

The politicians and Irish rugby star were among hundreds who competed in race which aims to raise funds for research projects dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injury. "It's great to be involved as it is for such a good cause," Zebo said.

Nathan Kirwan, 26, Co Cork, also took part in the event. Kirwan is paralysed from the chest down but walked the race in a wearable bionic exoskeleton suit.

David Sheehy from Swords and Orna Dilworth from Foxrock won the men's and women's races respectively.

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