The Parents Association of the local primary school, Scoil Mhuire, held their annual fun run / walk on Friday 13th June and under blue skies and glorious sunshine there was a huge turnout from the local community and from further afield making the event a great success. Almost 300 runners, walkers and one couch potato (myself) took part in the run/walk which started at the local primary school and headed towards a circuit in the tranquil and picturesque settings of Dartrey Forest before returning and finishing back at the school where everyone was treated to a great selection yummy refreshments.
We are a small rural community and it was lovely to see so many people participate in the event and I have to say it certainly created a wonderful sense of community spirit and a carnival like atmosphere (who needs the World Cup!!!). It was promoted as a fun run or walk and it was really about the taking part and enjoying the occasion and having fun and craic with family and friends. I know from speaking to people after the race they said they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and stated it was a great incentive for people to get out and exercise.
It was an extremely well-organised event and there were some outstanding performances from a number of the top runners who finished the race as fresh as they started! However, in my eyes everyone that took part was a winner and for the record the following were the race winners. 10K Ladies:- 1st Lorraine McLaughlin, 2nd Sinead Mullen & 3rd Deborah Stewart. 10K Men:- 1st Brian McCarey, 2nd Dessie Duffy & 3rd Phillip Smyth. 5K Ladies:- 1st Louise Reilly, 2nd Kathy Callen & 3rd Emma McCormick. 5K Men:- 1st Owen Fitzpatrick, 2nd John Hetherington & 3rd Anthony Tate. 5K Girls:- 1st Hannah McPhillips, 2nd Kayla Molloy. 5K Boys:- 1st Gerry Larmer 2nd Darragh Sheridan and congratulations to all the winners.
The Parents Association have asked me to thank their main sponsors Gerry’s Prepared Veg for sponsoring the fruit, Ashley Morris for supplying the high quality H2O (water), Peter for supplying the timing system and Sean McCaffrey for providing the entertainment. In addition, they want to thank all the companies and individuals who made donations or donated prizes towards their raffle.
Events like these don’t just happen and it takes enormous amount of time, hard-work and planning to ensure it runs smoothly (no pun intended). Therefore, I would like to say a massive well done to all the members of the organising committee, namely the Parents Association of Scoil Mhuire, and anyone else who offered a hand to ensure everything went off well on the day. It was a brilliant, fantastic and memorable event so well done to all the stewards, the water boys & girls, the local Garda and the Irish Red Cross for their assistance in making sure it was a safe event.
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Community Spirit is truly Alive & Running in the village and I understand next year’s event is already being planned!!!
WELL DONE EVERYONE.