Wednesday 19 June 2019

Jack White's annual fun run helping to save lives

Lisa, Michael, Heather and Emily Nolan with their dogs, Penny and Eve
Lisa, Michael, Heather and Emily Nolan with their dogs, Penny and Eve

Simon Bourke

it may have been a new route but there was a familiar sense of excitement when the runners and walkers took to the line for the eighth Jack White's Fun Run in Arklow last week.

Taking place on Arklow Rugby Club's grounds for the first time in its eight-year history, this annual race was held to raise funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

With two distances over which to test themselves, competition for the top places was fierce. In the men's 5k race Slawek Bosy of Inbhear Mor A.C. crossed the line first in a time of 21:25, closely followed by Aaron Armstrong and Allan Ronan. The first female runner home was Eilish Murray in a time of 27:10, Noreen Stokes and Martha Kehoe were the next ladies past the tape.

In the 10k event Tony Collins was first in a time of 36:49. Second and third were Alan Dempsey and Peter Obara. Best of the female runners was Anna Bushe (41:38) ahead of Emma Hayes and Evelyn Obara.

Race organiser Wayne O'Driscoll paid tribute to the volunteers involved in hosting the event and revealed that they were nearing an impressive landmark.'I want to thank Arklow Rugby Club for allowing us to use the grounds and clubhouse, and all the stewards. We have been helping to save tiny lives for eight years now and are close to €100,000 raised in total.

Wicklow People