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Second Year of Grant Thornton 5k a Huge Success

The Grant Thornton Corporate 5k Team Challenge 2013 took place tonight at the Dublin Docklands and proved to be a huge success for the second year running. Entries surpassed expectations, doubling the amount entered in 2012 with over 750 teams competing, comprising of over 3050 individuals. Ireland’s race-walking world champion, Rob Heffernan, delighted the crowd with his presence, competing for Team Heff in his break from training. The event took place on a lovely, dry Autumn evening, which was welcomed by all competitors.

Business advisors Grant Thornton and Athletics Ireland combined to create this event in 2012, in the heart of Dublin’s business district. The concept behind the event was to encourage social running amongst Dublin’s business community in the International Financial Services Centre – a widely successful campaign that the huge increase in numbers this year are indicative of.

The social and team aspect was the resounding theme behind the race concept, however there was still a healthy rivalry between the competing companies. There were individual prizes up for grabs in the male, female and mixed categories. The Defence Forces team combined to win the Elite men’s event with UCD second and Garda Athletic Club third. Davy Stockbrokers won the Corporate Men’s, with BNY Mellon, Irish Prison Services, JGTCS and Mason Hayes & Curran following.

PWC were the overall winners of the women’s team category, followed by Aviva, Certus, Running Maters and KBC Flyers.

The mixed category prize went to Airbus Flyers, followed by Davy Stockbrokers, Mercer, Defence Forces and Milliman.

Event ambassador and Olympian Mark Kenneally, officially started the race.

Commenting afterwards Kenneally said “The atmosphere of the event was fantastic. There was a real sense of team spirit and a healthy rivalry amongst all the competitors. It was a welcoming sight to see so many runners complete the course, while also managing to enjoy themselves at the same time”

The 5k course saw the participants follow a new flat, fast route around the Dublin Docklands, which also included two bridge crossings: The Samuel Beckett and the Venerable Matt Talbot structures that span the River Liffey. It was a spectacular sight to see the capacity field flow across the two bridges.

Colin Feely, Partner with Grant Thornton said, “Last year’s run was a great success so we were happy to see yet another successful run this year. It was an impressive sight to see such large numbers come out and participate in a team event signifying that Dublin’s business running community can continue to rise to the challenge.”

Athletics Ireland CEO John Foley commented “Athletics Ireland is delighted to have developed this partnership with Grant Thornton. We were delighted with the huge numbers that turned out for year two of the event and that it was so well received by all the participants involved. We look forward to providing similar style events in the future.”

All participants received a souvenir technical t-shirt and goody bag for their efforts. There was also tea/coffee and sandwiches provided for all participants after the race. This was well received and added to the social aspect of the occasion. 10% of all the entry fees will be made to the designated charity Pieta House – Suicide and Self-Harm Crisis Centre.

Click here for full results of the event.

News

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    Throughout the day and this evening we’ll be posting live race-day updates via our Twitter Feed. Use hashtag #GTrun to share your race day experiences and photographs with us. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page too for live event photos, race build-up and results!

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    All of the relevant information for race day including race pack collection can be found in our competitor booklet here.

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