Kilflynn City Running Group is calling on runners and walkers to support its event on April 1 to raise money for a charity that has helped many Kerry families over the years.
Kilflynn City Running Group will host its inaugural half marathon and 10km event at the scenic Stacks Mountain on Saturday April 1 with a very worthy charity as the main beneficiary.
All proceeds from the run go towards helping Brú Columbanus in its ongoing work of helping people to be near loved ones who are seriously ill in Cork hospitals.
Kilflynn City Running Group raised €32,000 for charities since it was formed in 2020. But the decision to nominate Brú Columbanus is inspired by events closer to home.
The facility provided the Guerin family from Kilflynn with accommodation last July while their son was receiving life-saving treatment at Cork University Hospital (CUH). The facility provides an invaluable source of lodgings at difficult and traumatic times in life.
Kilflynn City Running Group members Declan Keegan, John Mahony, and Noel McGrath have had the idea of a half marathon and 10km in their sights for some time. This – combined with the wonderful work of Brú Columbanus – meant the timing was right.
“The run will take place in the Stacks Mountains area, which means it’s a totally local event in that sense,” Declan told The Kerryman.
“We approached the Guerin family about raising money for Brú Columbanus. This is a great way to put Kilflynn and the running group on the map. At the same time, we’re doing it for a great cause,” he added.
Declan described Brú Columbanus as one of the ‘unsung heroes’ of Irish charities, and that the service remains unknown to many people.
“I would never have known the service existed but for the Guerin family and the way it helped them. This free service relies on fundraising. That’s why we want as many people as possible to register, raise money, and enjoy the fantastic terrain Stacks Mountain has to offer,” said Declan.
The Kilflynn community is fully behind the event with the local hall being offered as a changing point for competitors. Local publican Mike Parker has also offered his premises to the runners on the day.
“It’s always been the goal of John, Noel and I to arrange an event like this. We wanted it to be staged in Kilflynn; there isn’t a square inch of Kilflynn that’s not covered by the route,” Declan said.
"The fact our chosen charity helped a local family makes it all the more important to us. All profits will go to Brú Columbanus as this is a charity that has helped a lot of Kerry families over the years.,” Declan added.
For information on registration, visit the Kilflynn City Running Club Facebook page.