Saturday 21 April 2018

Ladies and gents in red raise €3,000 on charity fun run

Grainne Cunningham

SANTA doubters got a run for their money yesterday, with the appearance of more than 200 impostors in red and white suits in the same town.

Those masquerading as the man of the month were raising money for Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin by taking part in the Slane/Meath Santa Dash.

Children, mums and dads and grandparents all donned the familiar costume and ran, walked or cycled the 3km through Slane village.

Louth GAA supporters were tickled to see Meath footballer Joe Sheridan, who scored the controversial goal which cost their team the Leinster Championship, togged out in the red and white colours of the Wee County.

The weather had threatened the event but the gritters were out early and participants enjoyed bright sunshine and a festive sprinkling of snow as they made their way through the town.

Tea, coffee and scones were served in the local national school to all those who helped raise about €3,000 for the Dublin hospital's medical foundation.

Organiser Ronan Wogan said there was a "great atmosphere" with Santas young and old enjoying a traditional music session after the run.

"At one stage, I thought we would have to cancel it but more and more people started turning up'."

He has had a hectic year. He ran three marathons in London, Berlin and Dublin and ran New York last year, all in aid of the children's hospital.

In all, one of the slimmest Santas you could meet has raised more than €9,000 for sick children.

Irish Independent

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