Nearly 700 participants braved the wet and windy conditions at the Lurgan Park fun runs which were held on Sunday 26th February and raised over £8,500 for the Southern Area Hospice Services.
The event, now in its 4nd year, was organised by St. Ronan’s teacher David Wilson and Tony McKeown of main event sponsor’s CRASH Services with the help of the Lurgan Hospice Fundraising Group and event partners House of Sport.
David commented “We were so pleased again with the response from local runners. We had 500 runners signed up online before the event and another 200 who registered on the day. We were amazed at the amount raised. The event just seems to be getting bigger each year and the total raised over the last 4 years has now surpassed the £25k mark.
“All the costs of staging the event were provided by local companies so every single pound of the runner donations are going to the Southern Area Hospice. We would like to thank CRASH Services, Tesco, Aqua Twist, House of Sport, Creative Juices, McCaul Signs and the Fitness Factory who all provided materials and services to the event for free. The Lurgan Hospice Fundraising Group provided volunteers and marshals.
David added “We must also give a lot of credit to all the Lurgan Park and Council staff. They were extremely helpful and the park was looking great on the day despite the conditions. The Mayor Gareth Keating even helped with the warm up and started the race. We look forward to staging the event again in 2018.
The winners on the day were 5k male Jason Ankin and 5k female St.Peter’s AC Emma Mulholland. 10k male Brian Taggart and 10k female St.Peter’s AC Rosaleen Dobson.
Southern Area Hospice provides their service across the entire Southern Health Board area, including Lurgan, Newry & Mourne, Craigavon, Banbridge, Portadown, Armagh and Dungannon. With an annual fundraising target of over £2 million, SAHS need to raise over £250 every single hour to help people affected by terminal illness in Southern Board Area.