Over 750 expected to sweat it out in charity 10k

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

BUILDING on the success of last year’s event, over 750 people are expected to sweat it out in the Sixmilebridge 10k which takes place on April 26.

BUILDING on the success of last year’s event, over 750 people are expected to sweat it out in the Sixmilebridge 10k which takes place on April 26.

The event is being organised by the BMOH (Bridge Milers Olympic Harriers) which is quickly becoming one of the biggest running clubs in the Limerick and Clare region. The Sixmilebridge 10k - its flagship event - was a huge success last year, with 750 participating, and raised over €6000 for local charities including the Children’s Ark Unit.

Highlights of this year’s 10k include increased prize money - €1200 in total with the winner receiving €300 cash. There is a bonus of €200 if the course record of 30.33 is beaten, and that’s €500 for the winner with a course record.

“But for the rest of us who can only aspire to being up there with the elite runners it also has much to offer including technical t-shirts, spot prizes, entertainment on the day, and a serious spread of food after the event,” explained Ivan Tuohy who is involved in organising the event.

A 5k fun run/walk is also part of the event with trophies for the more competitive and medals in the U12 category.

Charities to benefit from this year’s event include the Clare Crusaders whose voluntary effort goes each year towards providing much needed therapy to children with special needs.

The second charity to benefit this year is Sixmilebridge National School.

Premier sponsors will have their name printed on the technical t-shirt, which is complimentary to those participating in the 10k event. “Many sponsors have dug deep after seeing what a worthwhile cause the event is in galvanising community spirit,” Ivan added. This year’s event takes place at 6.45pm on Friday, April 26. For further details log onto www.sixmilebridge10k.com