THE whole country is on the run in one way or another it seems. The sides of the roads are dotted with signs for rallies here, fun runs there and almost everywhere else.
Here in Castleisland, Jim Griffin's Honda Run - which he launched in 2009 - attracted almost five dozen bikes of all shapes and makes.
Jim set out on this mission four years ago in memory of his late brother John and in tribute to the locally based St. John of God community to which John belonged. This year the memory of another friend and community member, the late Maurice Culloty was added.
The Honda Fun Run took place on Sunday, September 30th, from An Riocht Athletic Club. It was launched a couple of weeks earlier by newly appointed Kerry manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice and assisted by Marc O Se. The event is held in aid of Oilean Beo, St John of God, Community Services which operates from a base at An Riocht Athletic Club here in Castleisland.
This year there was an added boost for fundraising as Jim raffled a Honda Cub 90 for the cause. This was won by his neighbour from up the road and local car dealer, Michael Murphy and the delivery was made in person by Jim and a supporting cast from Oilean Beo.
Oilean Beo was established in 2003 by St. John of God, Kerry Services to provide a day service for adults with Intellectual Disabilities who live in the Sliabh Luachra area.
The run itself took in an 80 mile route all over North Kerry and travelled through: Firies, Castlemaine, Tralee, Fenit, Ardfert, Ballyheigue, Kerry Head, Ballyduff, Abbeydorney, Tralee before coming back to Castleisland.
The mechanically gifted, methodical Jim left nothing to chance and the bikers were accompanied by a full mechanical back up service on the day. Funds are generated by ticket sales and an entry fee of €25 per bikes. Refreshments for all participants were provided before, during and after the event.
For an occasion that came into being as a once-off fundraiser / memorial it has firmly staked its claim on a place on the calendar of annual events here.