One-day fes­ti­val of run­ning brings the cur­tain down on busy year of hos­pice ath­let­ics events

Bray People - - NEWS -

NOVEM­BER has brought with it a bit more bite but the cooler tem­per­a­tures of late didn’t put over 130 run­ners off as they turned out for the sec­ond an­nual Wick­low Marathon and one-day Fes­ti­val of Run­ning on Satur­day last.

Or­gan­ised by Wick­low Hos­pice, the event took place in the grounds of Avondale House and For­est Park saw 137 brave souls par­tic­i­pate in the five, ten, 15 and 20 mile runs as well as the full marathon dis­tance of 26.2 miles.

The day was ideal for run­ning – nei­ther too hot nor too cold with hardly any wind at all. The rain of the pre­vi­ous night had abated and held off for the morn­ing, by which time most of the par­tic­i­pants had com­pleted their chal­lenge.

A medal fea­tur­ing Avondale House was pre­sented to each fin­isher, among whom was the ex­cep­tional wheel­chair ath­lete Jerry Forde from Cork.

The or­gan­is­ers have ex­pressed their thanks to all the vol­un­teers who gave so freely of their time to stew­ard and mar­shal the event and to Michael Richard­son and his Civil De­fence team for yet again pro­vid­ing back-up.

Or­gan­is­ers have also thanked Wick­low Ru­ral Part­ner­ship for sup­ply­ing the wa­ter; all those who made en­sured there was a hot cuppa avail­able to ath- letes once they crossed the fin­ish line; Norman and Coillte for en­sur­ing that Avondale was avail­able to host the run; and fi­nally Ludo who mas­saged many a sore limb.

Satur­day was the last of the ath­let­ics events on the hos­pice cal­en­dar for 2017 but de­tails are avail­able on the hos­pice Face­book page of the many events planned for 2018, in­clud­ing the 10K and half marathon in Fe­bru­ary, the new ten-miler in March, the ever-pop­u­lar four-day fes­ti­val of run­ning in July, the Fion­nu­ala McCor­mack 10k and Kilo­marathon in Septem­ber and the Wick­low Marathon in Oc­to­ber.

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