An entry of close to 2,600 was received for the Annual Solas Centre 10 miles run and five miles walk in the city and surrounding areas on Sunday last in ideal weather conditions, the majority in the five miles event. At the start in Gladstone Street a sea of orange was visible as men women and children, many in prams and buggies took part in the walk and a most enjoyable time was had by all with a great atmosphere all around the route and in the Peoples Park for the finish of both the run and the walk. The run turned out be a procession for Bantry doctor Alan O’Shea a regular at road races right up to the marathon distance all over Ireland. He led from the start and was never troubled as he came home a decisive winner in 53 minutes 15 seconds, William Stephens from Coolquill Co. Tipp was second in 54.10 and Ravis Zakis West Waterford was third in 55 minutes even.
Just as impressive was the winner of the ladies section Sylvia Malone Waterford AC who clocked 64.43, Stephanie Johnson Granville was second in71.05 and Ciara Mc Sweeney Focus on Fitness was third in 72.15. The Gardai and very many voluntary organisations were involved in the organisation in many different ways and overall a very enjoyable and successful day and the Solas Centre no doubt will benefit in a big way financially