There has been great excitement at Muire Gan Smál Presentation Primary School over the last few weeks in the run up to their very first 5K Fundraising Fun Run/Walk.
The organising committee led by Tina Donovan - a parent and athlete of An Ríocht A.C. and all at Muire Gan Smál have been busy enthusing their young athletes and involving the local community in all the fun. The event took place in glorious, if chilly, sunshine on Sunday morning, February 24th.
"The Fun Run/Walk was a healthy, fun and active fundraiser that ensures we send the right message to our pupils about getting active, having fun and maintaining a healthy lifestyle," said deputy principal Maura Browne.
"The main focus of this event was on participation and every child who participated on the day received a reward for effort. Above all, our hope was to create a day of fun for all of the children and their families. We are happy to say that thanks to the support of their families and friends and the local community, this was definitely achieved on the day.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our 264 entrants; children, families, staff, parents assoc., helpers, sponsors, locals, visitors, members of An Ríocht and all of the athletes who turned up on the day. Tina Donovan in particular deserves a special mention for working tirelessly on ensuring that the event was the huge success that it was, as well as the parents association who provided a fabulous array of refreshments in the school hall after the event.
There was such a positive buzz around the place from both young and old, fun-runner and athlete alike. The children of Muire Gan Smál have told me that they had the 'best day ever' and I know it's one they will remember fondly for years to come. We would like to thank everyone involved for being such a big part of that," said Ms. Browne.
"Our hope is that the children will learn to see keeping fit and healthy as a fun activity that can be enjoyed by all. This has been a resounding success with many of our pupils now eager to join in on An Ríocht's Couch to 5K training programme as well. The high number of Muire Gan Smál pupils finishing on suberb times on Sunday is a true testament to all the hard work put in by Tina and Ciara in the run up to the big event.
We received a phenomenal response from the community and would like to thank everyone who volunteered to help out on the day and extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors for their generosity and support," she said.
The sponsors included: An Ríocht A.C.; Credit Union Tralee; Cute Cut Hair Salon; Diamonds Forever; Edel's Hair Salon; Galvin's Opticians; Galwey Auctioneers; Griffins Shop, Upper Main Street; Hannons; Hartnett's Bar; In-Style; Island Flowers; J.K. O'Connor's; J.P. Griffin's Newsagents; Kennelly's Pharmacy; Kerry Spring; Lynch's Pharmacy; McCarthy Engine Re-conditioning; Molly's Giftshop; Presentation Sisters; Presentation Secondary School; Gaelscoil Aogáin; St. Patrick's Secondary School; Tom McCarthy's Bar; Tomo Burke Electrical; Tommy Hickey's Silverscreen; Top-to-Toe Beauty Salon; Vincent Murphy Sports and Walsh Colour Print / Educate.ie as well a number of parents who handed in personal donations.
Ed Murphy, Gneeveguilla, finished in first position in the senior men's category on a time of 15.58 and An Ríocht's very own Siobhán Daly gave our girls something to aspire to by winning the senior ladies' category in 19.57 minutes.
The organising committee ran the event to help raise much needed funds for the school. Areas due to benefit from funds raised include the subsidising of extra-curricular activities for pupils. Further information, photos and finishing times are available on the school's facebook events page, via a direct link to the website at www.scoilmuiregansmal.com