Real countdown begins for the Great Limerick Run

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

A WAVE of applications are expected for the Great Limerick Run - now just seven weeks away - after the third annual event was mentioned in the finale of the hugely popular weight loss programme, The Biggest Loser.

A WAVE of applications are expected for the Great Limerick Run - now just seven weeks away - after the third annual event was mentioned in the finale of the hugely popular weight loss programme, The Biggest Loser.

The Limerick contestants on the UK show, Gerard Burke and his girlfriend Paula Culhane, will be among the thousands taking part in the trio of race events on Sunday, May 6, during the Bank Holiday weekend.

Gerard, 24, and his Paula, 32, weighed in at almost 20 stone and 19 stone respectively before they took part in the programme, which has now ended, but they have lost 10 stone between them.

Another young slimmer, Kayleigh Yeoman, who appeared on the RTE show Operation Transformation, is also considering aiming to run the half-marathon event, but said she will be definitely running the 10km event to raise funds for Down Syndrome.

Hundreds of people from across the world will also be travelling to Limerick to compete in the marathon, with the event set to provide a €2m boost to the city’s coffers.

The entry fees for the Great Limerick Run do not go directly to charity, but instead cover the cost of organising the event itself.

Roisin Ingle, feature writer with The Irish Times, also wrote last weekend about her attempts to get fitter and she too has signed up for the event. Over 100 psychology students at the University of Limerick have signed up to take part in this year’s run as part of their coursework in examining the benefits of physical exercise on psychological health.

Up to 8,000 people are expected to take part in the event, which includes a marathon, half marathon and six-mile run. This year will be the first time a ‘walkers’ marathon’ will be included, with an earlier start time of 8am to facilitate people who want to walk the 26km.