A GROUP of teenagers from a southside youth club are limbering up to take part in the Barringtons Hospital Great Limerick Run this weekend.
From the Southill Club 2gether programme, the team is taking part in the run to raise funds for the Southill Area Centre’s youth programmes.
Their decision to take part came as the result of a discussion on developing new skills and ability.
Supported by LIT work placement student Bobby Ryan, the budding athletes devised a plan which would help them achieve their target, in this case, completing the six mile portion of the showpiece event.
Some of the group have never taken part in a run like this before, while others would have some experience in athletics clubs at their school.
In order for the group to successfully take part, the Club2gether team and Bobby created further positive relationships, bringing in the expertise of UL PE students.
They planned out a strict training programme, with the group meeting at the UL campus on a weekly basis.
They felt that the students were vital in encouraging them through tough training sessions.
One of them, Edward Quinilvan said: “The students encouraged us to keep going even when we found it very difficult. They are very nice and down to earth, they inspired us to reach our goal of completing the Great Limerick Run within our target time.”
The group are raising funds for the Southill Area Centre, because they use the facility to take part in a healthy eating and nutritional programme.
Over the course of the last few weeks they have also completed a healthy eating and nutrition program in the centre, to complement their new fitness regime.
More than 8,000 people are expected to take part in the Great Limerick Run, which takes place this Sunday lunchtime.
It forms the centre piece of Limerick City’s Riverfest celebrations.