Athletics clubs rewarded for help at Fingal 10k road race

Published 25/09/2012 | 14:40

Members of Fingallians Athletics Club receiving a cheque for €6,150 in recognition of their help with stewarding at the Fingal 10k road race in Swords

THREE athletic clubs have received a boost to their coffers in recognition of their assistance at the inaugural Fingal 10k road race in Swords last year.

Fingal County Council presented €6,150 each to Fingallians Athletics Club, Clonliffe Harriers from Santry and Metro St. Brigids from Dublin at County Hall. The donations, made by the Dublin Race Series, recognised the stewarding assistance provided by their members at the road race in July, which attracted over 4,000 athletes and made it the second best attended event of its kind in Ireland this year. Members of the three clubs provided stewarding and marshalling for this event, which cut down on expense for race organisers and provided them and the council with a database of volunteers for future events of this kind. In return the Dublin Race Series agreed to make a donation of a percentage of the entry fee from each runner, to the clubs who provided the stewarding assistance on the day. 'I was lucky to be a spectator at this year's event and it was fantastic to Swords Main Street filled with over 4,000 athletes,' said Cllr. Tom Kelleher, who presented the cheques to the clubs on behalf of the council. ' The Fingal 10k would not have been possible without the support of the three senior athletic clubs, Fingallians Athletic Club, Clonliffe Harriers and Metro Saint Bigid's with their volunteers. I would like to thank them on behalf of Fingal County Council.' Joe Evans, Head Coach from Fingallians Athletics Club said that his club members 'were delighted to be involved in the first ever Fingal 10K and the cheque will go towards our future youth coaching development'. I would like to thank Fingal County Council and the Dublin Race Series for the opportunity and all our members are already looking forward to next year's race.' Fingal County Council hopes to develop its support for events of this kind in 2013 and plans are already in place to support the seonc Fingal 10K, an evening five miler and a 'Run, walk or crawl' family fun event next year.

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