More than 400 runners take part
The community of South Sligo and surrounding areas were out in force in Tubbercurry to support the 5k charity run on St Stephen's Day in aid of SHOUT (Sligo Hospital Oncology Unit Trust).
This great event has being going from strength to strength since its first race seven years ago. This year had over 400 people, young and old, taking to the streets of Tubbercurry. There was a very noticeable increase in families who took part this year adding greatly to this special event. There was also the introduction of the best dressed family, with the prize going to the Tracey (Santa) Family.
Paul Walsh, chairman, welcomed everybody at the start of the race, in a packed St.Brigid`s Hall and acknowledged the great support received by both walkers and runners. This year was the second year of the Tom Normanly Shield with Barry Clavin claiming the prize for a second year in a row.
Marie and family presented the shield to Barry in St. Brigid's Hall afterwards, and organisers said they were sure Tom was cheering everyone on as they crossed the line. Afterwards refreshments were provided and everybody mingled. There was great excitement as friends and family met up with each other as, many had travelled home for the Christmas Season.
Prizes were presented to first male Michael Carty, 1st female Edel Reilly, 1st Junior female Maeve Gallagher. First Junior male home and winner of the Tom Normanly memorial shield was Barry Clavin. All prize winners very generously donated their prize winnings to SHOUT. Paul was delighted to announce at the time that €3,750 was raised and they were still counting monies that were coming in.
South Sligo AC wish to thank all those who sponsored and volunteered to organise this great event but in particular all those who supported and donated very generously.