The fourth Ronan Clarke Memorial Run hosted by the Killala GAA Club will take place in Killala on Sunday July 29th at 12pm, starting from Killala Community Centre. Those of all ages are invited to take part in this fun outdoor event where participants have the choice of competing in a 10k Run or completing a 5k fun Run/Walk. Get your running shoes on and sign up to take part – registration opens on the morning of the event at 10.30am at Killala Community Centre.
The 5k/10k run was established in 2015 as a fundraiser for both Mayo Roscommon Hospice and the Killala GAA Benevolent Fund in memory of local teacher Ronan Clarke. In 2013 Ronan was diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer, and he passed away a year later on May 29 2014, at the age of 41. The father-of-three had been known nationally for his role as co-presenter with Mairead McGuinness MEP of RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground, but had returned to his native Killala to pursue a career in teaching before being diagnosed with cancer.
The recent official launch in Killala Community Centre of this year’s Run provided the perfect opportunity to start some training in advance of the dual course event when 30 attendees did their first practice walk along the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway. At the launch, Dara Calleary TD, recalled his time shared with Ronan Clarke in St. Muredach’s College, and reminded the gathered crowd of the dedicated sportsman, hard-working student and genuine friend that Ronan had been. He also reminded everyone present that Ronan would want young and old taking part in the Run to first and foremost have fun and enjoy their participation in the event.
Those interested in taking part are invited to join the Get Killala Walking group on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7.30pm at Killala Community Centre where guides will be on hand to give training tips.
Registration will take place from 10.30 am on the morning of the race the 29th of July at Killala Community Centre.
Following the run/walk, a delicious range of homemade treats and refreshments will be available courtesy of the Killala community.
Email: Martin Maheady, PRO Killala GAA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Online: Ronan Clarke 10K run /5K walk Facebook page
Locals and visitors to the area are welcome to take part. The committee looks forward to extending a warm welcome to runners on the day.