Volunteers go the extra mile
THE St. Stephen’s Day GOAL Mile in Greystones is now firmly established as a tradition, having seen five years now.
This year’s event raised more than € 6,000 for the charity, between sponsorship raised on the day itself and a couple of school events in the run-up to Christmas.
Organisers said that this figure was pretty much the same as last year’s, which given the economic decline is a wonderful achievement.
More than 400 people either walked, jogged or ran the mile at the Eire Óg GAA grounds. Organiser Vivienne Minogue said that the spirit of the day was very sociable and everyone had great craic.
Karen O’Shea from GOAL cut the ribbon to kick off the race as the sun shone. Most people walked the course, but some serious runners took part and sprinted ahead of the pack! Some dads even decided to put their fitness to the test and run the mile rather than stroll.
Organisers said that they are very grateful to everyone who took part, as well as the GAA club for their hospitality both in providing the grounds and tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards in the club house.
Doing the Greystones Goal Mile in Eire Og. Ready, steady, go...
Ellen McDonald shows the others how it’s done.
Niamh and Eimear Gilmartin enjoying the run in the fresh winter air.
Peter Cannon was keeping warm during the run.
Scott Quillinane was in fit form on the day.
Mayor George Jones strolls the mile.
Aisling Roche keeps watch from a safe distance.