Limerick solicitor Jerry Twomey, who has set himself the challenge of running 10km in all 32 counties in Ireland during the month of July, will be doing the Louth leg of the fundraiser for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association on Saturday on the Greenway in Omeath.
John is this ambitious challenge in memory of his father John, who died on January 18th 2010 but more importantly to raise awareness and much needed funds for Motor Neuron Disease.
“We met angels and helpers in many forms while Dad suffered his illness with dignity. The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) was of immeasurable support to us and are an endlessly worthy charity to go the distance for. I have been training hard since January and at times I felt that completing this challenge is way beyond me.
“What better way to honour the memory of my brilliant Dad than to face a challenge bigger than I feel possible,” he says.
“I also wanted to do something in every county in Ireland in support of everyone who is, or has been, affected by this devastating disease.”.
Jerry is reaching out to everyone in the Motor Neuron Disease family, and also sports clubs, running clubs, and social groups to join him along the way, in their runners or on their bikes – everyone is welcome.
“With company the run feels half as long and twice as easy” he adds. “I would be delighted to hook up and run with people wherever they are. Just get in touch and I will do my best to be there.”
He started his challenge in Waterford on July 1st and will be running 10km in both Meath and Louth on Saturday, July 9th.
His Louth run will take place on the Greenway in Omeath. He plans to set off from pier on Station Road, Omeath at 4pm, run 5km along the Greenway and then turn back to the pier.
Local runners are welcome to join him.
To donate to the IMNDA please go to www.idonate.ie/RunForJohn