Athletics: Dublin Round-up

by Gazette Reporter
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Lindie Naughton

Runners of all ages, shapes and sizes turned out for the 15th Ballymun Running Festival held at Trinity Comprehensive School on  Wednesday, May 3.

This free event, which marks mental health month, sets out to challenge the stigma associated with mental health while promoting physical exercise, social inclusion and community integration.

A day of non-stop action had started early with the Darkness into Light dawn run at 5am followed by a breakfast run at 7am.

By mid-morning, youngsters from all the local primary schools had gathered to complete laps  of the marked course around the school’s grounds, where  three laps make up a mile and nine laps make up 5km. At noon, Trinity Comprehensive students lined out for the annual Mun Run 5km, led off  by the school’s sports scholarship students after a thorough warm-up from Ballymun Regional Youth Resource (BRYR) coaches.

At 7pm, the more experienced runners took on the challenge of running multiple laps around the school grounds with Lord Mayor  Caroline Conway launching the first 5km Peace Run  and associated Peace Wall, which everyone marked with a symbolic thumb print.  

A number  of Ballyoung Running Club members completed 5km and 10km distances,  some as young as seven  years old, while Andy Bull completed a full 42km marathon.  

All finishers of the day’s runs received a goodie bag, medal and food, thanks to the support of the local SuperValu, DCSWP and Sláintecare.


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