County Limerick parents go the distance in school run

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

WEETABIX was the cereal of choice in Kilmallock last Saturday morning where in the region of 200 people took part in a five-mile run/walk to raise funds for the local national school.

WEETABIX was the cereal of choice in Kilmallock last Saturday morning where in the region of 200 people took part in a five-mile run/walk to raise funds for the local national school.

The event, organised by the staff of Scoil Mocheallog, attracted 150 runners and 50 walkers, and such was its success that the plan is to do it all again next year.

“We are definitely looking to make it an annual event,” said junior infants teacher Evelyn O’Dea, who was speaking on behalf of the staff.

“We were hoping for a good turn-out, but you never know until the day. We had done a good lot of publicity on various running websites,” she explained.

The 8k run/walk which began at the girls’ school followed the route out the Bruree road, turning left towards Tankardstown before continuing onto the Glenfield Road.

The finishing line was at the side of the church. First past the post was John Shanahan, Dundrum AC in an impressive 28 minutes.

He was followed by Ruaidhri Devitt, Dundrum AC and Mike Cunningham of Bilboa AC.

The fastest females, meanwhile, were Claire Devitt, Dundrum AC, Deirdre McCarthy from Kilmallock, of North Cork AC and Antoinette Coleman.

“For the most part people were happy enough with the route,” said Ms O’Dea.“It was hilly in some parts but you are always going to have that. I think there was a strong enough wind in places.”

“It managed to stay dry for the most part, so we were lucky with that,” she added. Among those taking part were members of the Cycle 4 Sick Children charity, who have signed up to a 15-week weight loss programme in aid of 15 different charities.