report by Maria Varley

I had heard that the goodie bags from the Grocers Fun Run were the best so when I woke early on Sunday morning I decided to join Ann-Marie for the 10km fun run in the Phoenix Park. I registered on the morning and managed to bag a T-shirt. There were lots of stalls and freebies. There was face-painting for kids and there was a family atmosphere. The weather was almost perfect for running and the rain held off. We joined the start of the 10km. Most people it seemed had decided to do the 5km. They started the 10km about 100m back from the start of the 5km race. There was a delay in starting the race, but we had no clue why. We were told it was then going to start at 11 instead of 10:30. It turns out it was a health and safety issue but communication could have been better. Eventually we set off. The course is a well known 2 loops starting on Chesterfield avenue, down the Ordnance Survey Road, up the Furry Glen and finishing on Furze Road. It was a really nice enjoyable run. The second lap was much quieter with fewer people doing the 10km. We were excited for the goodie bag at the end but unfortunately they had ran out. Apparently loads more people turned up than expected. There was lots of disgruntled people at the end. It was a disappointing end but they took our names and I will be receiving a gift voucher in the post. I decided against an entry for next years race. EUR25,000 was raised for charity and we got Mr. Tayto to advertise the Tenenure 5mile.