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PAWTUCKET â€” Pawtucketâ€™s Brendan Doyle topped a field of 784 runners to win the fourth annual Irish 5K this past weekend, as Doyle posted a winning time of 17:44 to top the runner-up finisher, Chris Fox of Rumford, by 28 seconds.
On the womenâ€™s side, Greenvilleâ€™s Trish Hillery became a two-time winner of the race by placing sixth overall in 18:55. Karen Gately of North Grafton, Mass. was the next female to cross the finish line, as she was 13th overall in 19:34.6.
Also finishing in the top 20 were Pawtucketâ€™s John Benros, who was 12th in 19:29.7, and Fernando Silveira (17th, 20:03.1) and Cumberlandâ€™s Doug Dubosky (20th, 20:11).
Benros also won his age group in the menâ€™s 40-49 division, as did Lincolnâ€™s Gerald Porricelli in the menâ€™s 70-over group (24:56.7) and Pawtucketâ€™s Linda Dewing in the womenâ€™s 70-over category (29:33.4).
The Irish 5K is the first leg of the popular Tour de Patrick series that consists of three 3.1-mile races and takes place during an eight-day span every March before St. Patrickâ€™s Day in southeastern New England.
The Tour de Patrick will move to Providence for the St. Patâ€™s 5K this Saturday, and the final race, the Celtic 5K, will be held the following morning in Worcester, Mass. More information about the races can be found on www.runrhody.com.