10 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

On a breezy, wet but mild 2014 New Years Day 588 people registered and took part in the Emyvale Fun Run but the total number on the circuit was likely more as some just joined in, made a donation or had children along, which were not registered.

This was up from 505 in 2013 and the organisers, The Jolly Joggers, had been fearful that due to the inclement weather that the numbers would be down. However it just shows that a drop of rain will not stop the enthusiastic runners and walkers and they are growing in numbers by the day.

They came from all over – Dublin, Drogheda, Donegal, Cookstown, Carrickmore, Dundalk, Derry, and all parts of County Monaghan and neighbouring counties Cavan, Armagh, Fermanagh, and Tyrone. There were people there from Hong Kong and other far off places and it was lovely to see model/actress Caitriona Balfe from Tydavnet who is at present filming in Scotland.

It was terrific to see local clubs like Emyvale GFC and the Boxing Club in their club colours, turning out in force to support the event, which makes it a real community activity. Yes it was a sight to behold as Fr. Hubert gave the starting signal and the mass of bodies headed off – some for 10k and others for a more leisurely 6k to take them back to the finishing line at Emyvale Enterprise Centre on the Mill Road.

Indeed the weather had a beneficial effect if anything as a number of personal bests were recorded. The first three girls home in the 6k were: Amy Hamill, Therese McNally and Aisling McAnespie. In the male 6k the winners were: Patrick Murphy, Patrick Connolly and Patrick J McKenna. In the 10k the ladies was won by Donna Evans followed by Barbara Murray and Cheryl Cardwell. The finish of the 10k male was an exciting one with a very close finish won by Gary O’Hanlon, Clonliffe with Simon Ryan, Raheny in second and Dessie Duffy, Muckno in third.

This event was well organised and with the great help of so many including Emyvale Cycling Club, the Gardai, Leisure Centre Committee, people who donated and those who served the tea and refreshments, sponsors, marshals, Monaghan Shopping Centre, Louise McKenna, Silverhill Farms, Murphy Sound and Video, Sean McCaffrey, Rory Geary, Northern Standard, and members of the Glaslough Harriers the event ran smoothly.

Geraldine McAree and the Jolly Joggers who organized this event would like to personally thank all the athletes who took part and all those who turned out to walk the course and make this day such a success. Well done to all. A final figure on all funds raised Monaghan Cancer Care will be issued shortly.

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