Runners relay Christmas cheer to Lisnagry

Mike Dwane

Reporter:

Mike Dwane

A PAIR of Christmas turkeys have been presented to Kyle Larkin and Susan Murnane, the first man and woman to cross the line after the annual Limerick Leader Fun Run and Walk over 5km around the University of Limerick campus.

A PAIR of Christmas turkeys have been presented to Kyle Larkin and Susan Murnane, the first man and woman to cross the line after the annual Limerick Leader Fun Run and Walk over 5km around the University of Limerick campus.

Organised by Limerick Athletic Club, the event is a prelude to the club’s annual Christmas morning run from the city to the Daughters of Charity in Lisnagry, which has benefited from the generosity of the runners, walkers and their sponsors for more than three decades.

Just under 100 people ran and walked the course around UL on Sunday and over €1,000 has been collected to date as Limerick AC hopes to at least equal last year’s total of €2,200.

Christmas hams donated by Robert Kenny of Carroll Meats and other seasonal fare were up for grabs for those who took part at the weekend. Completing the male top three were Vinny O’Brien and Michael Cunningham, while Patricia McNamara and Patricia McDonagh were the second and third women to finish.

And Limerick AC PRO Paddy O’Connell paid tribute to athletics clubs from all around Limerick city and county who have donated Christmas gifts to bring some Christmas cheer to the residents at Lisnagry come December 25. A group will set off for the Christmas morning run to Lisnagry from the Hunt Museum at 10am.

“Once they get out there, everybody can have a hot whiskey or an Irish coffee and we promise to have everybody home by around one o’clock so they won’t miss the turkey themselves,” said Paddy.

Ballynanty marathon man Peter Hogan will again take on the role of Santa Claus in Lisnagry but Paddy said it might be too much to expect him to wear the red suit and boots along the way.