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Tom Brennan Memorial 5KM Road Race - New Year's Day 2018 | by Peter Mooney
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Tom Brennan Memorial 5KM Road Race - New Year's Day 2018

This is a photograph from the 13th annual running of the Tom Brennan Memorial 5KM Road Race and Fun Run which was held on Furze Road, Phoenix Park, Chapelizod, Dublin, Ireland on New Year's Day Monday 1st January 2018 at 12:00. The race route is a two loop course which starts and finishes on the Furze Road in the middle of the Phoenix Park. Participants follow a clockwise, right-handed, looped route around Furze Road, Ordnance Survey and Chesterfield Avenue. The loop course is also another difference of this race from traditional 5KM road racing. The weather on New Year's Day in the Phoenix Park is always unpredictable and today was no different. A particularly strong headwind into the faces of participants along Furze road (between 2KM and 3KM) made this particular section tough going for everyone. There was also a particularly cold icy feel in the air. However several hundred runners, joggers and walkers shook off the effects of Christmas celebrations to take part. The route itself is flat without any noticeable undulations. This year's race had one of the biggest field of participants in its long and well established history.



The race is organised and promoted by the local athletics club Liffey Valley Athletic Club who are based in Islandbridge, Dublin 8 and have a catchment area around this part of Dublin city. The race itself commemorates the memory and contribution of former club member Tom Brennan who won the National Cross Country Championships in 1975 in UCD Belfield at the age of 24 years. A special commemorative perpetual trophy is presented to the winner of the race every year. The race is also of particular interest to those runners, joggers and walkers who are not necessarily involved in the competitive side of road racing. Annually the race is the first of a series of races in Dublin city which make up the Lord Mayor’s 5 Alive Challenge. This initiative by Dublin City Council is now in its sixth year and several hundred runners, joggers and walkers volunteer to take part in five of Dublin’s most popular road races. Dublin City Council makes an open call for people to register to be a part of the programme in autumn every year. The Liffey Valley Club and many other volunteers work hard to make this a very successful event. Undertaking a road race event in any location is a challenging task. However the Phoenix Park presents a unique challenge in terms of traffic flow around this part of Dublin and general logistics. Despite this these efforst by the host club are greatly appreciated as is evident by the turn out every year. It provides a splendid opening of the New Year for runners of all abilities. It is also a fitting 'official' start to the new calendar year of road racing in the Dublin and North Leinster region.


This photograph is part of a large set of photographs which was taken at the race. The complete set is available on our Flickr page at []


Timing and Event Management was provided by the Irish company The results from today's race can be found on their website in the results section []




Our photographs from the Tom Brennan Memorial Road Race 2017:


Our photographs from the Tom Brennan Memorial Road Race 2016:


Our photographs from the Tom Brennan Memorial Road Race 2015:


Our photographs from the Tom Brennan Memorial Road Race 2014:


Our photographs from the Tom Brennan Memorial Road Race 2013:


Our photographs from the Tom Brennan Memorial Road Race 2012:


Our photographs from the Tom Brennan Memorial Road Race 2011:


Liffey Valley AC on Twitter:


Liffey Valley AC on Instagram:


The Liffey Valley AC Website Homepage:


The Liffey Valley AC Facebook Page (might require Facebook logon to access):


Location of the Phoenix Park on OpenStreetMap:


GPS Garmin Trace of the 5KM Road Race Route:





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BUT..... Wait there a minute....

We take these photographs as a hobby and as a contribution to the running community in Ireland. We do not charge for our photographs. Our only "cost" is that we request that if you are using these images: (1) on social media sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter,LinkedIn, Google+,, Vine, Meetup, Tagged,,etc or (2) other websites, blogs, web multimedia, commercial/promotional material that you must provide a link back to our Flickr page to attribute us or acknowledge us as the original photographers.


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Please email petermooney78 AT gmail DOT com with the links to the photographs you would like to obtain a full resolution copy of. We also ask race organisers, media, etc to ask for permission before use of our images for flyers, posters, etc. We reserve the right to refuse a request.


In summary please remember when requesting photographs from us - If you are using the photographs online all we ask is for you to provide a link back to our Flickr set or Flickr pages. You will find the link above clearly outlined in the description text which accompanies this photograph. Taking these photographs and preparing them for online posting takes a significant effort and time. We are not posting photographs to Flickr for commercial reasons. If you really like what we do please spread the link around your social media, send us an email, leave a comment beside the photographs, send us a Flickr email, etc. If you are using the photographs in newspapers or magazines we ask that you mention where the original photograph came from.


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Many people offer payment for our photographs. As stated above we do not charge for these photographs. We take these photographs as our contribution to the running community in Ireland. If you feel that the photograph(s) you request are good enough that you would consider paying for their purchase from other photographic providers or in other circumstances we would suggest that you can provide a donation to any of the great charities in Ireland who do work for Cancer Care or Cancer Research in Ireland.


Let's get a bit technical: We use Creative Commons Licensing for these photographs

We use the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License for all our photographs here in this photograph set. What does this mean in reality?

The explaination is very simple.

Attribution- anyone using our photographs gives us an appropriate credit for it. This ensures that people aren't taking our photographs and passing them off as their own. This usually just mean putting a link to our photographs somewhere on your website, blog, or Facebook where other people can see it.

ShareAlike – anyone can use these photographs, and make changes if they like, or incorporate them into a bigger project, but they must make those changes available back to the community under the same terms.


Above all what Creative Commons aims to do is to encourage creative sharing. See some examples of Creative Commons photographs on Flickr:


I ran in the race - but my photograph doesn't appear here in your Flickr set! What gives?


As mentioned above we take these photographs as a hobby and as a voluntary contribution to the running community in Ireland. Very often we have actually ran in the same race and then switched to photographer mode after we finished the race. Consequently, we feel that we have no obligations to capture a photograph of every participant in the race. However, we do try our very best to capture as many participants as possible. But this is sometimes not possible for a variety of reasons:


     ►You were hidden behind another participant as you passed our camera

     ►Weather or lighting conditions meant that we had some photographs with blurry content which we did not upload to our Flickr set

     ►There were too many people - some races attract thousands of participants and as amateur photographs we cannot hope to capture photographs of everyone

     ►We simply missed you - sorry about that - we did our best!



You can email us petermooney78 AT gmail DOT com to enquire if we have a photograph of you which didn't make the final Flickr selection for the race. But we cannot promise that there will be photograph there. As alternatives we advise you to contact the race organisers to enquire if there were (1) other photographs taking photographs at the race event or if (2) there were professional commercial sports photographers taking photographs which might have some photographs of you available for purchase. You might find some links for further information above.


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Taken on January 1, 2018