Around 200 competitors took part in a novel fundraiser across the north Longford parish of Dromard earlier this month in an event designed to raise awareness surrounding the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The 5km trek or suitably dubbed ‘Well-a-thon’ appeal attracted runners, joggers, walkers and a large number of local families, all of whom laced up their runners in the interests of charity and all round general health.
Westmeath’s Noel Kelly posted the fastest time of 17.06 minutes, closely followed by Paul Mitchell from Offaly and fellow Westmeath man Malcolm McDowell with the pair notching identical times of 17.49 minutes.
Michell McGee meanwhile, took first place in the womens section (18.58 minutes) while Meath competitor Fiona Mahon (20.01) and Longford’s Sinead Nolan took second and third place respectively (22.15).
The event itself, capped an end to several months of studious, behind the scenes work carried out by local organisers and which formally got underway in September when marathon runner Gerry Duffy appeared at the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arva for a motivational talk.
Shortly after, the club’s headquarters in Moyne was a hive of activity with classes ranging from circuits, pilates, aerobics and even Latin inspired zumba dancing taking centre stage.
Following on from those activities and the race proper itself, a total of €1,000 was set aside for Longford town’s St Christopher’s Services.
“The committee would like to congratulate everyone who participated on the day and by their efforts,” said a club spokesperson.
Messages of appreciation were also extended to everyone in the wider Dromard community who contributed to the success of the event, many of which took part in stewarding, registration, timekeeping, first-aid and catering. Representatives aligned to the Breffni Challenge Committee, Longford Athletic and Triathlon Clubs as well as members from Granard Garda Station also came in for noteworthy praise.
Likewise, special acknowledgement was given to a raft of local companies and sponsors incluiding Unilever, Meducation, Fresh Today, Keith’s, Foster’s Chemist, Pat The Baker and Corrigans and those who gave donations.