Wednesday 24 April 2019

Over 100 take part in Temple Street fundraiser

Ashling O'Toole & Yvonne Conyard
Ashling O'Toole & Yvonne Conyard

Over 100 people registered for the Temple Street One Day Festival of Running, which was held in and on the roads adjacent to Avondale House and Forest Park.

Participants had a choice of five distances: five, ten, 15 or 20 miles and the classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles. The marathoners set off at 8.15 a.m. and all others began their distances at 9 a.m.

All proceeds from this event go to Temple Street Children's Hospital, an event close to many people's hearts.

The event attracted runners from as far away as Cork and Limerick, the midlands, the west and the north. Each finisher was treated to refreshments and received a specially struck Temple Street Route 66 medal.

Staging an event such as this cannot happen without the help and support of volunteers.

Wicklow Civil Defence was out in force to steward and provide back up. The organisers are grateful to Michael Richardson of Wicklow Civil Defence for this assistance.

Running festivals in Avondale are usually associated with the Wicklow Hospice and in reality it was the hospice crew of Sinéad, Bill and Ciarán who were behind this event. (On the day Vincent was wearing his Civil Defence uniform!)

Thanks have been extended to Norman Jackson of Coillte who made sure that the course was clear of all obstructions and who opened up early to facilitate the runners. To those who stewarded, the organisers are truly grateful, and to Brian Kearns and his two biker buddies thanks for coming along and helping out.

Wicklow People