Watch as Laura Crowe crosses the line to win

Watch as Laura Crowe crosses the line to win
Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald, Lord Mayor of Cork, presenting the medal to Laura Crowe, An Riocht A.C., Co. Kerry, after winning the 36th. annual Evening Echo Women's Mini Marathon in Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.

Update 2.20pm: Laura Crowe was the first to cross the finish line in today's Evening Echo Women's Mini Marathon, writes Steve Neville.

The Riocht Athletics Club runner finished ahead of Leevale's Michelle Finn in second.

Thousands of runners took part in the annual road race with the finish line at Kennedy Park.

Cork's Lady Mayoress Georgina Fitzgerald was greeted by her husband, Lord Mayor Cllr. Tony Fitzgerald at the finish line.

Earlier: The Evening Echo Women's Mini Marathon got underway this afternoon.

The race features runners of all ages and abilities, with some running with their athletics clubs, other for fun and more running the race for charity.

Dan Linehan was at the start line to capture the action.

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The race starts at the city end of Centre Park Road and heads through The Marina, Blackrock Village, Ballintemple, Maryville, Monahan Road before finishing in Kennedy Park.

Two Cork legends were also on hand to inspire the runners before the race.

All-Ireland Camogie winners Rena Buckley and Gemma O'Connor had the O'Duffy Cup in hand as they were announced to the crowd by Evening Echo editor Maurice Gubbins.


And of course, the star duo couldn't leave without a song.

The crowd sang a fitting rendition of Queen's We Are The Champions, with Buckley and O'Connor waving on.

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are the champions!! Well done!! Up the Rebels! <a href="">#EEMiniMarathon</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Evening Echo (@CorkEveningEcho) <a href="">September 24, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Before the race started, our videographer met some of the runners.


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