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Monday 26 September 2016

7,000 light up city centre for fourth annual night run

Athletics

General view of start of the 2015 Samsung Night Run
General view of start of the 2015 Samsung Night Run
General view of start of the 2015 Samsung Night Run
Gary Twohig, Samsung Ireland, Gordan Darcy and Noel Rock, Deputy Lord Mayor, taking part in the Samsung Galaxy S6 Night Run in Dublin.

Dublin was lit up with thousands of runners last night who enjoyed a 10km stretch of traffic-free streets.

Up to 7,000 runners pounded the pavement during the Samsung Galaxy S6 Night Run in the city centre, organised in partnership with Dublin City Council.

Freddy Kearn from the Raheny Shamrock club won the race with a time of 31.27 minutes. The first woman across the finish line was Orla Drum from the Cusaders Athletics Club, who completed the race in 34.15.

This is the fourth year of the event. The race began at Custom House Quay and runners completed a circuit of the city's Dockland landmarks including the Samuel Beckett Bridge and the 3Arena.

Leinster Rugby's Gordon D'Arcy was on hand to give last-minute words of advice to the competitors in his capacity as race ambassador.

"We welcome any activity which gets Dubliners out running through our historic streets," Cllr Noel Rock said as the race got underway.

The winner received the latest Samsung device while all participants received a goodie bag for taking part.

Samsung Ireland director Gary Twohig said it gave runners an opportunity to see the city's landmarks "in a new light".

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