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Grand Slam hero back at old college to launch 5K

Leinster's Garry Ringrose and coach Leo Cullen help students launch the Blackrock College 5K Rock Run. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Leinster's Garry Ringrose and coach Leo Cullen help students launch the Blackrock College 5K Rock Run. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Deirdre Reynolds

Deirdre Reynolds

Grand Slam rugby hero Garry Ringrose took a break from his books to help launch the 5K Rock Run taking place at Blackrock College.

The 23-year-old centre joked how the celebrations are well and truly over as he knuckles down for his end-of-year exams.

Giving new meaning to test rugby, now the UCD student is preparing to tackle his upcoming finals instead.

"I've a couple of exams coming up," said Ringrose, who studies business and law at the Belfield campus. "It's not too bad, though - I just keep ticking away."

The Leinster star yesterday helped launch the second annual fun run taking place at Blackrock College in Dublin on Sunday, April 22. Open to all ages and fitness levels, the event helps raise funds to help construct classrooms at Sultan Hamud Secondary School for boys in Machakos, Kenya.

Praising transition year students who recently visited the school first built with the help of Blackrock College graduates six years ago, Ringrose said: "Listening to the lads [speak about] what they did there over the mid-term, it's pretty special.

"It seems to be getting better each year."

Leinster coach and fellow alumnus Leo Cullen also lined out to support the family friendly event, which will also raise funds for Goal relief projects in East Africa.

"My own experience of the school [was] very, very positive," added the class of '96 member.

Entry to the Rock Run costs €20 for an adult, €10 for under-18s and €35 for a family. Register at events.fitlive.ie/5krockrun

Irish Independent

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