St Stephens Day Fundraiser is Back in Borrisoleigh

The annual Borrisoleigh St. Stephen’s Day fundraiser is back again as the sponsored walk/run in aid of the community centre is in its second year.

The annual Borrisoleigh St. Stephen’s Day fundraiser is back again as the sponsored walk/run in aid of the community centre is in its second year.

Over €2,000 was raised last year with proceeds going towards erasing the debt on the community centre and cost of upkeep.

The mix of competitors was outstanding with local athletes competing with seasoned pro`s to match skills, and these coupled with people taking part in the walk for the enjoyment and to support the event created a strong atmosphere.

Organiser John Walsh is hoping for a big turnout on the day and will be reaching out to neighbouring parishes to get the word out that everyone is welcome, “Local hill walking clubs and neighbouring GAA teams will all be invited and there will announcement from the altar also.”

This is John`s second year running the event on St Stephen’s Day and having run and taken part in similar events in either Borrisoleigh or his native Dublin is hoping to “continue to develop the event for the oncoming years”.

“It is a very family orientated day and there are spot prizes for the winner of both the male and female categories.” said Mr Walsh.

Mr Walsh feels that events like this are on the rise as they promote a healthy living lifestyle and people are looking something different around the holidays. “These events are developing an ethos of healthy living.” he said.

Local man Toby Kavanagh took part in the run last year and was impressed with the running of the event and enjoyed the easy-going atmosphere.

“I saw it as a way to stay fit so I started training from the middle of November up until the race, and then it’s a good cause as well so it’s an added incentive..”

The operation was run smoothly, said Mr Kavanagh, who will be competing again this year. “When I arrived in the morning I was nervous as I`d never did something like that before and didn`t know what to expect but in fairness we were well looked after and the route was well mapped out.”

Registration will begin at 10.30 am and it is €10 for an adult and €5 for a child. The route will start in the square in Borrisoleigh before moving on to incorporate the new walking track built in the town park and then around Rathmoy before finishing again in the square. Refreshments are offered to all in the community centre after the run.