Over two and a half thousand took part in today’s second annual Remembrance Run 5k in the Phoenix Park- a unique event organised by Athletics Ireland where people take part to remember family or friends passed or others who may currently be struggling with illness or other life Challenges.
It was a beautiful November day in the Phoenix Park as the event’s theme song, Kristy McCall’s rendition of Thank You For the Days floated through the bright Autumnal sunshine.
People enter Remembrance Run for many different reasons. Close to three hundred took part as a special tribute to Moira Furey, Dublin resident and native of Longford, who died earlier this year from cancer. The group was led by Moira’s husband, Dublin solicitor, Dermot Furey.
The family and friends of James O’Reilly were also taking part in memory of the brave Wexford man who drowned in Courtown last May while attempting to rescue three youngsters who had got into difficulty while swimming.
Kay Bonner and her family travelled from Donegal to celebrate the memory of her son, Shane Bonner, an aspiring young athlete who tragically died in a road accident two years aged 21.
Joe Warne led the field home in a time of 15.02 to win the Con Houlihan Memorial Trophy- named after the legendary writer who whose passing in 2012, was a catalyst for this event taking place.
Olympian and London Marathon winner, Catherina McKiernan showed that she is still fleet of foot when leading the women home in a time of 17.20 to win the Noel Carroll Memorial Trophy- a tribute to another Olympian and great Irish athletes who died suddenly fifteen years ago last month.
Another famous Irish athlete, Bertie Messitt was also honoured at the event that had a special music theme which culminated with a lone piper playing at the start line shortly before the participants set out on their 5k journey around the Phoenix Park.
Among the entrants was Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaelteach, who travelled from Kerry to take part in the event for the second year in succession. Minister Deenihan was running in memory of his great friend, Con Houlihan.
Ray D’Arcy from Today FM was also on the start line from Remembrance, as well as Louise Heraghty from RTE 2FM. And making a late but lively start too was Bobby Kerr of Dragon’s Den , Newstalk and Insomnia connections.
“Remembrance Run is a unique event and Athletics Ireland must be commended for organising such an outstanding production that touched so many people in so many ways, “Minister Jimmy Deenihan said. “The event has huge potential and it is great to see that this year’s Remembrance Run 5k received over double the entries that the inaugural event had last year. It is surely an event that is set to become even more popular in the years ahead as people relate their experience of participating in it.”