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In pictures: Over 2000 runners take part in Irish Wings For Life Run

The global event aims to raise funds for spinal cord injury research.

OVER TWO THOUSAND runners turned out for the Irish Wings For Life Run today, an event that aims to raise funds for spinal cord injury research.

Introduced in 2014, the race is a global event in which athletes from 35 locations compete against each other. But what makes it unique is that there is no finishing line.

Instead, the runners are followed by a Catcher Car, which takes off 30 minutes after the start at 15km/h and steadily increases its speed until the last athletes have been caught.

The Irish race began this morning at Dun Laoghaire, with the participants running south towards Bray and Greystones. The eventual winners were Orna Dilworth and David Sheehy Thomas.

Over 2,000 runners began in Dun Laoghaire

Competitors pictured today running in the Irish leg of the Wings for Life World Run Source: Sebastian Marko/INPHO

Joe Canning, Alison Canavan, Simon Zebo, Tom Doherty, Annalise Murphy and Eoin Larkin pictured today running in the Irish leg of the Wings for Life World Run

Joe Canning, Alison Canavan, Simon Zebo, Tom Doherty, Annalise Murphy and Eoin Larkin Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Participants make their way up a hill during the race. There are a few tired faces…

Competitors pictured today running in the Irish leg of the Wings for Life World Run Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

There was plenty of scenic landscape to admire as participants ran along the East Coast heading towards Co. Wicklow

A competitor pictured today running in the Irish leg of the Wings for Life World Run Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Two participants pose as they pass the 27km mark

Competitors pictured today running in the Irish leg of the Wings for Life World Run Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Participants are eliminated as the Catcher Car passes them by

Source: Sebastian Marko/INPHO

David Sheehy from Dublin who ran 52.1km to win the men’s race

David Sheehy Source: Sebastian Marko/INPHO

Orna Dillworth from Dublin who ran 39.2km won the Irish women’s race

Orna Dilworth Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

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