Colaiste Iosagain , Portarlington 5K Running Race Goes From Strength to Strength .

First Year , Euan Hayden finds it hard to concentrate in class as start draws near

Conditions were almost perfect for the third running of the Colaiste Iosagain , Portarlington 5K road race around the town and down the Main Street .Previous events were more suited to tanning then fast times but this year the milder conditions go some way towards explaining the terrific times .An amazing twenty competitors dipped under the twenty minute mark .This represents an average speed of over fifteen kilometres an hour , almost ten miles per hour ! There are PLENTY of 5K road races staged by Athletics clubs around the country which would fail to have such a super standard of performance

Some of the fastest runners ready to go at the start including Evan Clancy , Jake Foster , Alison Whooley and Alan Kinsella .

The overall champion from the first two stagings of the event , Evan Clancy , reportedly had his leg in a cast during the year and thus had his training compromised .He ultimately finished fifth in eighteen minutes thirteen seconds .Nevertheless , the fastest runner , Sixth Year ,Emmet McKenna’s time of sixteen minutes twenty nine seconds was so blisteringly fast by any standard it is hard to imagine it being beaten for many years to come .Second and third places were taken by Second and Third Year students , Ronan Coffey and (former RTE ‘ Fastest First Year in Ireland’ , fresh from a victory at a 100m championship sprint event a couple of days before )Cormac Curtis .Interestingly , the same year , Colaiste Iosagain students also won the Female and Class Group competition in the RTE Fastest First Year in Ireland . Orla Mullaly finished fourth in the girls race in between Naomi Luttrell and Sophie Devereaux


There were four hundred and sixty four finishers with the last pair , a First Year boy and girl arriving home credited with the same time, in just under forty eight minutes .
So the times and participation levels set new records and it was particularly noteworthy that from the more relaxed walkers to the fiercest competitors all had a whale of a time .This is due in no small measure to the terrific organisation of PE teachers , Sinead Dempsey and Miriam Holland .Of course the sponsors , particularly Oakdale Residential Home and Colgan Sports provided vital financial assistance while all the participants also did their own fund raising .
It is hard to believe that three of the first ten males were First Years , an incredible achievement and encouraging sign for the future of Athletics in Colaiste Iosagain .Winning the first female student trophy for a second time was Libby Waldron .Eva Galvin ,who most likely would have been her closest rival was injured recently and couldnt participate .

Winners of Most Improved Runners prizes with local GAA star and past pupil , Fergal Byron , (L-R) Megan Finlay , David Dunne , Marcus Bennett , Cian Broderick , Andrew Hart and Katie Fitzpatrick

Once again Christopher Booth was first teacher home in nineteen minutes fifty six ,while Fionnuala Cleary was fastest of the lady teachers , a mere thirty seconds behind , with GAA Inter County player Martin Walsh and Christopher’s arch rival ,Conor Mitchell also posting twenty minute times .Conor’s younger brother , Sixth Year , Glen , managed to best Christopher by three seconds .Six of the ‘lady teachers’ finished in the top twenty six in their gender category while only one of their male colleagues could manage this !
In a school that prides itself in its extensive range of extra curricular activities to assist in the students’ holistic development and well being this must surely be one of the flagship events !From the guests of honour , elderly residents of the adjacent Oakdale Residential Home and Laois GAA AllStar, past pupil, Fergal Byron to the clapping and cheering locals shopping on Main Street to the Athletic Club volunteers providing expert assistance , it was clear to all that the Colaiste Iosagain 5K Fun Run is getting better every year. Congratulations to all involved

Full ‘chip timing’ results of all participants available online below :


Winner Emmet McKenna in a class of his own on way to victory

Ronan Coffey and Cormac Curtis finished Second and Third

Libby Waldron on her way to winning first female student class once more

Teachers Christopher booth and Conor Mitchell Neck and Neck all the way!

Fionuala Cleary First Lady Over the line

Transition Year Phillip Hurley who went on to record 23min13secs

Third Year Michael Ginagh 23min16secs

The Teachers

The Start , some of the army members helping out participated in full fatigues .

Teachers , Sinead Holloway , Criona Higgins and Margaret Nolan up and running.

Teacher Terry Fitzpatrick ' Pretends' To Finish Race !

Photographer Michael Scully Snaps The First Three Boys.

Recomposed Teacher Damien Carter Discusses Collection Of His Wager Prize With Richard Kerins!

First year Aoife Malone Recovers From Her Efforts.

Marion O'Boyle Second Lady Teacher and a Very Impressive Seventh Overall Female.

SEA OF ORANGE!Everybody just before going home !

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