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'Hot, hilly and craic-filled': Broadcaster Aidan Power joins Irish volunteers for colourful Ethiopian run

Published 22/11/2015 | 12:13

Aidan Power & Jason Kennedy at the ORBIS Ireland Great Ethiopian Run 2015
Aidan Power & Jason Kennedy at the ORBIS Ireland Great Ethiopian Run 2015
Independent.ie's Jason Kennedy and Aidan Power with runners who ran the ORBIS Ireland Great Ethiopian Run 2015
Thousands line out for ORBIS Ireland Great Ethiopian Run 2015

Presenter Aidan Power joined a team of around 45 irish people in completing one of the world's most colourful runs in Ethiopia.

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The team, who travelled with sight-saving charity Orbis Ireland, finished the Great Ethiopian Run alongside around 40,000 people and 600 international punters.

Broadcaster Power said the race was an experience to remember.

"It was hot, hilly, and at altitude but the most fun, craic filled 10 kilometres I have ever done, the Dublin native said.

"The Ethiopians are quite like us, they put having fun before most things."

Tipperary man Lowell Ryan was the fastest irish volunteer to pass the finish line and he said it was the best race he has took part in.

Independent.ie's Jason Kennedy and Aidan Power with runners who ran the 34223368ORBIS Ireland Great Ethiopian Run 2015
Independent.ie's Jason Kennedy and Aidan Power with runners who ran the 34223368ORBIS Ireland Great Ethiopian Run 2015

"It's more than a race. It's completely different to anything I've done. It feels like a celebration of Ethiopian culture," said the 19-year-old.

"I'll be here again next year. Orbis really put a great package together for us."

Orbis Ireland brings more volunteers to the country's capital Addis Ababa than any other charity, according to charity head Diane Weatherup

"It's fantastic to have so many people travelling with Orbis to take part in this phenomenal race. The group has raised in excess of €100,000 for our projects in southern Ethiopia," she said.

"This is a unique opportunity for our team to not only take part in a vibrant 10 kilometre race, but also witness firsthand the impact their fundraising has on the people of Ethiopia."

Next up, the group will travel to Southern Ethiopia to see what work is done with donations.

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