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Thursday 28 August 2014

Participants brave wind and rain in Santa Fun Run

Published 18/12/2013 | 05:36

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Supporting 'Make a Wish' Charity run on Sunday morning from the Wetlands. Photo by John Cleary.

CLOSE to 500 people, many decked out in full festive costumes, braved some of the worst weather the county has seen in weeks to take part in a 5k fun run in Tralee on Sunday afternoon.

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The 5k Santa Fun Run, which took place on Sunday morning, was organised by the staff and management of Martin Moore and company in Blennerville in honour of Martin's daughter Fiona who, sadly, passed away earlier this year.

The event, which started at noon at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, saw around 500 runner, joggers and walkers many of whom were wearing full Santa costumes, make their way from the Wetlands Centre to Blennerville and back to the starting point via Kearney's Road and Ballyard.

The event was organised by Mags Quillinan, Sophie Quillinan, Jamie Quillinan, Deirdre Moore, Martin Moore and Aoife Whelan in memory of Martin and Deirdre's 16-year-old daughter Fiona, who passed away in May of this year while waiting on a lung transplant. Fiona had been diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension, and was on the transplant list since June 2012.

All the proceeds from the event will now go to the Make A Wish foundation, who brought Fiona to London for what was a trip of a lifetime and during which she met her hero author Jacqueline Wilson.

Kerryman

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