Keeping the Transformation Going – Find a 5K Run
Operation transformation is drawing to a close and people all over the country are counting their losses – in pounds and kilograms. And many who never put on a pair of runners before are now confidently walking, running or jogging. The challenge now will be to keep motivated. And what better way than with a target in sight. With that in mind we have selected a few or our favourite runs and walks for you to register on. For a more complete list check out www.inspireme.ie. So pick a 5K run close to you, sign up preferably with a friend, or all the family, and make the transformation permanent.
Running in Roscommon
On Sat 24th February the first Craig Connolly 5k memorial family walk/run will be taking place at the Fullbody Workhouse in Roscommon. All profits from the event will be shared between two most deserving charities – Croi and Our Ladies Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. As well as the official opening of the gym, there will be refreshments and a raffle once you cross the finish line.
Getting bogged down in Kildare
On Sun 25th Feb Run through the Bog will be setting off from Ballyteague Gaelic Football Club. There are both 5k and 10k courses, through the forest and the Bog of Allen. This scenic run will take you off the beaten track. You can enjoy the arrival of spring and the beauty of the Irish countryside.
Also in Kildare on 4th March is the 5k Walk/Jog/ Run for Princess Sophia. A number of GAA clubs around Co Kildare will be trying to get as many people as possible out for this special fundraiser for Sophia Conway from Nurney.
More family fun in Monasterevin
The St Johns 5k fun run in Monasterevin will be taking place on Sunday 11th March, This lovely flat course will take you on a tour along the Grand Canal. There are cash prizes, a raffle and refreshments at the finish line. All ages and abilities are welcome, but under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.
St Patrick’s Day with a difference
While others will be enjoying parades, ceilis and shamrocks galore, why not feel virtuous this St Patricks weekend and sign up for the St Patrick’s Festival 5k Run on Sunday 18th March. This 5k road race will take you through the heart of Georgian Dublin and families, fun runners and dedicated athletes are all welcome. The route will be lined with street performers, face painters and musicians to entertain you as you pass by. Dodgy leprechaun hats are optional.
A very good Friday in Mohill
On Good Friday morning, 30th March the Noel McManus Memorial Run and Cycle has something for everyone. You can chose from a 5 or 10k run, or a 50k cycle. Families are welcome on the 5k circuit. And afterwards refreshments will be served in the dining room of the beautiful Lough Rynn Castle. Proceeds are in aid of Aoibheanns Pink Tie, a charity that provides help and support to the families of children diagnosed with cancer, and to the children attending St. John’s Oncology Ward in Crumlin Hospital.
A Run with a very Big Difference
Ireland’s most unique 5k run will see entrants waddle their way around Marlay Park in inflatable sumo suits. This Sumo Run Ireland is guaranteed to have you rolling on the ground in laughter. Everyone over age 7 is welcome to take part and best of all – you get to keep the suit! Taking place on Sun 22nd April this fantastic run raises much needed funds for Purple House Cancer Support.
In expert company in Cavan
Run with Catherina in Cavan Town on 28th April will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Catherina McKiernan’s fantastic win in the London City Marathon. Ireland’s most successful marathon runner will be running alongside runners in the 10k and 5k races, and afterwards there will be a chance to meet Catherina herself. Who knows this may be the inspiration for your very own marathon odyssey.
Determined in Duleek
On Sunday 29th April why not head to Duleek for the 2018 Duleek Cystic Fibrosis 10k Run/ Walk. This is the 5th year for this amazing event which raises public awareness about CF and valuable funds for the local Drogheda Branch. To date over €100,000 has been raised and this year the organisers are hoping for a huge turnout. So if you are currently at the 5k mark, why not give yourself an extra incentive to push to 10k. Doing good while feeling good …. What’s not to love?
5K Run for Autism
Last but not least is the first ever 5k Run for Autism on May 27th in aid of AsIAM. Taking place in the beautiful Corkagh Park in Dublin, there will be plenty for the kids to do while waiting for you to cross the finish line. AsIAm is a one-stop shop for the Autism community in Ireland, providing information to the public and serving as a platform for those affected with Autism. The support they provide is invaluable so make sure to register early for what promises to be a very popular event.
These are just a few of the fantastic events taking place all over the country. Be sure to keep an eye on www.inspireme.ie for more runs and walks in your area. You can sign up here to discover even more great events.
Finally all details were correct at time of publication. Please confirm with the organisers before you travel.