Give the Mun you no. 1

Our neighbours in Ballymun have their 2nd annual Ballymun Running festival on Wednesday of next week. Again it`s for a most worthy cause, Good Mental health. Clonliffe are happy to lend our support and extend our best wishes to the organisers and runners: Back for a second year at Trinity Comprehensive School on Wednesday May 15 is the Ballymun Running Festival which aims not only to celebrate physical fitness but also good mental health for all ages.

On offer from 12 noon to midnight are runs from 5km to 100 miles, with the most popular are likely to be the 5km (6pm), and the 10km and half marathon (7pm). The team 100 mile will start at 12 noon and run until midnight, when the Midnight 5km concludes the day’s activities.

“This year’s theme is ‘We Run Better Together’”, says Ken Coakley one of the event organisers. “That’s why we’re calling on clubs, schools and organisations to put in a team to run the 100 miles – any way you like. You could have 20 runners each doing 5km, or four doing 25km, or a mixture of both.”

All runs are non-competitive on a looped course around the school, with nine laps making up 5km. A large timing clock will allow teams to manage their own progress over the 12 hours. Finishers will be presented with a specially designed medal based on the See Change ribbon.

As a prelude to the main event, Trinity students along with pupils from a number of other schools will take part in the annual Mun Fun Run 5km (11am).

A feature of the day is its festival atmosphere with music helping keep morale high and healthy snacks as well as hot and non-alcoholic cold drinks on offer throughout.

Thanks to the support of local businesses, entry for all runs is free, though sponsorship cards are on offer. Info Paddy O’Reilly 086 1743836.