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Limerick city schoolboys in 1,000km challenge

Richard Clifford leads out the boys from JFK NS as they prepare for their fun run in Shelbourne Park this Friday. 
Picture Brendan Gleeson

Richard Clifford leads out the boys from JFK NS as they prepare for their fun run in Shelbourne Park this Friday. Picture Brendan Gleeson

  • by Brian O’Connor
 

PUPILS in a Limerick city school will attempt to complete 1,000 kilometres in one day as part of a sponsored fun run this Friday.

Over 250 boys from the Ennis Road’s JFK school – along with almost 80 parents – will take on this challenge by tackling three kilometres each in pursuit of the goal.

The boys have been preparing for this challenge by training at school and at home and have received advice and motivation from one of Limerick’s best known runners and fitness coaches, Richard Clifford.

The run also coincides with one of the city’s largest sporting gatherings, the Great Limerick Run, and is the school’s biggest fund raising event, receiving support from local businesses.

The run takes place at 11am in Shelbourne Park.

The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial school was founded in 1964 following the visit to Limerick in 1963 by the Irish-American President.

The original buildings were demolished in 2012 and replaced with an entirely new purpose built school.

 

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