Over 5,000 signed up for the Great Limerick Run

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Pupils from the Model School in Limerick, Michael Cleary and Yanna Leahy, with the Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan at the launch of the UL Sports Kids Run on Saturday, May 2. Picture: Sean Curtin
MORE than 5,000 people have now signed up for the sixth annual Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, which is 11 weeks away.

MORE than 5,000 people have now signed up for the sixth annual Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run, which is 11 weeks away.

The hugely popular run on Sunday, May 3 – the Bank Holiday weekend – and during Riverfest celebrations continues to draw more and more participants each year.

Current entry numbers of over 5,000 now represent a 35% increase year on year, and are partly explained by the early bird registration discounts that ended on February 6 last.

A total of 2,950 people have to date signed up for the popular 10km race, which starts at 1.30pm in Pery Square, and over 1,500 have registered to compete in the half marathon, starting at 11.45am, and just under 500 people have to date registered to participate in the full marathon at 9am.

Over the next three months, the Great Limerick Run team will start visiting companies, schools and shopping centres throughout Limerick, as part of their overall promotional campaign to encourage people to get active and set them self a personal goal or challenge.

Since the inaugural race in 2010, over 41,000 people have crossed the finish line, raising €1.1 million for various charities while simultaneously contributing €10 million to local and regional business.

Family members of the late Aaron O’Flaherty, aged nine, are hoping that many runners will sign up with them this May to raise funds for hospitals which helped him in his final days.

Aaron, from Castletroy View, died tragically after he fell into the water, at a popular location beside Black Head Lighthouse on the Fanore to Ballyvaughan coast road in May of last year.

Some 20 friends and members of his family are taking part in the run, to raise funds for Galway University Hospital, where he was initially airlifted to, and Temple Street hospital in Dublin, where the boy with the “irrespressible smile” sadly passed away.

This year’s Kids Run in the University of Limerick on Saturday, May 2, the day before the big races, will take place in Aaron’s memory.

“Aaron really enjoyed the Kids Run in 2013 and his medal took pride of place in our home, “ said his mum Cecilia, who is a Civil Defence officer,

To register see www.greatlimerickrun.com.