Charity runners get down and dirty
MORE than 400 people gathered in Co Kildare over the weekend to raise money for a deserving cause and take part in the country's first-ever 'Mud Run'.
Hundreds of contestants negotiated obstacles, mud-pits and water pools over a 5km track at Mondello Park, in the process raising over €60,000 for Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.
A disease of the brain and spinal cord, MS affects 7,000 people in Ireland and can result in muscle spasms, fatigue, problems swallowing and speech difficulties.
MS Ireland says the money raised will be used to fund 30 regional workers and support groups.
"The Mud Run was a totally new fundraising concept for us and Ireland," said spokesman David Allen "We've been blown away by the response and huge generosity from everyone. All the funds will go to help people and their families living with MS."
The first male over the finish line was Andrew Hannigan from Co Meath (19 mins 12 secs) while six minutes later Patricia Burns from Dublin became the first female. Dermot Walsh, from sponsors Persil, presented the award for the 'dirtiest' person to John Mullan from Co Louth.