Saturday 24 June 2017

Olympic hero Sonia O'Sullivan leads the way for runners in the Breast Cancer Ireland's Great Pink Run

Pictured are (LtoR) Irish Olympian Sonia OSullivan and Aisling Hurley CEO Breast Cancer Ireland with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
Pictured are (LtoR) Irish Olympian Sonia OSullivan and Aisling Hurley CEO Breast Cancer Ireland with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
Pictured are (LtoR) Anne Hughes, Adrian Tiernan and Amanda McKeon with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
Pictured are (LtoR) Johanna Schaule, Steve Johnson and Christina Feilen with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
Vivienne Connolly, her son Ben (11), and daughter Katie (8) train for the Great Pink Run for Breast Cancer Ireland in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Arthur Carron
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Model/actress Vivienne Connolly and sporting icon Sonia O'Sullivan were among the women taking part in Breast Cancer Ireland's Great Pink Run.

Almost 5,000 people, including many women who had survived a battle with breast cancer, turned out in their pink tshirts for the poignant event.

The event, held in the Phoenix Park, was hosted this morning and runners were spurred on by Olympic silver medalist Sonia O'Sullivan.

Also in attendance was model mum Vivienne Connolly with her kids Ben (11) and Katie (8) and cancer survivor, author and Xposé contributor Emma Hannigan.

Pictured are (LtoR) Paula McClean and Vivienne Connolly with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
Pictured are (LtoR) Paula McClean and Vivienne Connolly with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
NO REPRO FEE 29/08/2015. Thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run for Breast Cancer Ireland in the Phoenix Park Dublin including Olympic silver medalist and 5000m World Champion Sonia O'Sullivan, with Professor Arnie Hill Chairman Breast Cancer Ireland and Aisling Hurley CEO Breast Cancer Ireland lead thousands of entrants from all over the country for the 5th Great Pink Run in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland which took place on Saturday 29th August 2015 in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Pictured are Thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland

Now in its fifth year, the race involves a 5k Family Fun Run, Jog or Walk The Dog as well as a 10k challenge for more advanced runners.

Participants were kept entertained with face painters, a DJ boot and huggables.

Pictured are Thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
Pictured are Thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
Pictured are (LtoR) Saoirse Allen, Elizabeth Ring and Emily Carney with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland

The run raised an incredible €115,000 from entry fees alone, which will be donated to Breast Cancer Ireland for research purposes.

The Great Pink Run with Avonmore Slimline Milk as lead sponsor ensures that all funds raised through entry fees and individual sponsorship goes directly to fund our ongoing research and awareness programmes nationally.  

Pictured are (LtoR) Emma Hannigan, Laura Woods and Aisling Hurley with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
Pictured are (LtoR) Emma Hannigan, Laura Woods and Aisling Hurley with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland

Commenting on her participation Sonia O’Sullivan said. “Like so many others I have been touched by this devastating disease and I am proud that, by doing something I love so much, I can help to raise awareness and funds which will go directly into research, and which might one day lead to a cure.”  

Pictured are (LtoR) Paula McClean, Sally Traynor age10, Ben Dunne age11, Katie Dunne age5 and Vivienne Connolly with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland
Pictured are (LtoR) Paula McClean, Sally Traynor age10, Ben Dunne age11, Katie Dunne age5 and Vivienne Connolly with other thousands of men, women and children taking part in the 5th Great Pink Run. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/ Photocall Ireland

Online Editors

Promoted articles

Also in this section