THERE was Batman and Robin, leprechauns, UL Vikings in full gear, giraffes, serious runners and walkers. The Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run had it all.
In the midst of the sea of faces, a group taking part in the 10km race stood out by the matching colour of their yellow T-shirts.
The group, 23 in all, were the ‘A-Team’, running in memory of 2010 Texas Rose of Tralee Adrienne Hussey, who passed away in January 2012, aged just 26.
A scholarship has since been set up in the Texan’s name in UL.
The former Rose died suddenly of a ruptured brain aneurysm that doctors believe may have been congenital. The scholarship allows a student the chance to conduct research into brain aneurysms.
Former Dubai Rose Elaine Rael from Castletroy – who was a Rose with Adrienne in 2010 – was one of the founders of ‘Friends of A’, a group set up in her memory.
The group entered the Great Limerick Run to run and walk their way towards raising funds and awareness for brain aneurysm research and prevention.
“We were absolutely delighted to welcome all 23 runners and walkers to our A-Team this year,” Elaine explained, “but as a very proud Limerick woman myself it was a special moment to witness so many of my friends and family becoming such an integral part of our team and cross the finish line so strongly.”
“The reality of this disease is that we have barely scratched the surface of what we understand about it, and is something that can strike a person at any time, and without any warning,” explained Elaine, a teacher by profession.
“What we’re trying to do is raise awareness and fund research into the early detection and possible prevention of brain aneurysms through the scholarship in UL.
“A major part in our awareness campaign this year centres around events like this.”
Many of the groups running in the race were doing so to raise funds for selected charities.
Lorraine Fanneran, who runs La Cucina restaurant in Castletroy, ran the 10km race with husband Bruno and 20 family and friends to raise awareness for her breast cancer campaign, including Joy Neville, who captained the Irish Women’s rubgy team to Grand Slam glory last year.
“I had no intention of running any races and then I said, you know what, I was raising money for the National Breast Cancer Institute in Galway anyway so we decided around February we would do the race today,” Lorraine explained. “Anybody can get cancer and the best thing is to catch it early and then just be positive. I was a bit teary this morning because I have put so much into my running since January I probably put all my focus into that so this morning.
“I flew through recovery with a positive mind but it’s probably through running as well.”