WATCH: Thousands take a step for Milford Hospice as annual 10k attracts record numbers

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WATCH: Thousands take a step for Milford Hospice as annual 10k attracts record numbers

Some of the almost 3,000 participants in the Milford Hospice 10k | PICTURE: Keith Wiseman

THOUSANDS of people braved the elements on Sunday morning for the annual 10k run in aid of Milford Hospice.

Despite near-freezing temperatures and heavy showers, record crowds from across the region descended on the University of Limerick for the event which was the first major fundraiser of the year for the hospice.

“I’m here to help Milford Hospice, I’ve been through cancer operations myself and recovered and I will support anything to do with raising funds for cancer,” said well-know auctioneer Pat Kearney who has taken part in every staging of the event.

“It’s a really good cause and we just wanted to come out and support the hospice and be part of it,” said Yvonne O’Hora from Ballina who took part in the event with her husband Pat.

Anne Marie Hayes, fundraising coordinator at Milford Hospice, said she was thrilled with numbers that took part.

”It’s our first event of 2019 and it’s always a popular event but this year we have seen record numbers, we have over 2,000 that have participated and come along and registered and signed up and we are absolutely thrilled to have the numbers we have,” she said.

“Of course now with our new hospice going we need the monies to fund the services that we provide and people are wonderful to come out and support us all the time,” she added.

Declan Moore of Bilboa Athletic Club was the first to complete the run.