PAWTUCKET — Pawtucket’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 women’s side, Greenville’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 Pawtucket’s John Benros, who was 12th in 19:29.7, and Fernando Silveira (17th, 20:03.1) and Cumberland’s Doug Dubosky (20th, 20:11).
Benros also won his age group in the men’s 40-49 division, as did Lincoln’s Gerald Porricelli in the men’s 70-over group (24:56.7) and Pawtucket’s Linda Dewing in the women’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. Patrick’s Day in southeastern New England.
The Tour de Patrick will move to Providence for the St. Pat’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 .