Close on 1,200 intrepid souls varying in age from five to 85 took part in this year’s
‘Darkness into Light’ run/walk to beat depression.
The hardy walkers and runners of all ages and backgrounds arrived at Cashel Rugby Club in the wee hours of Saturday morning to participate in the 5k run/walk in aid of the suicide and self harm charity Pieta House.
On the button at 4.15am a raft of yellow t-shirts set out from the Spafield venue and in that darkest hour before the dawn made their way down the Old Road into the town and up to the walls of the Rock before returning via the Camus Road, Boherclough St and Cahir Road. All who took part had a reason for being there, personal to themselves but the underlying theme was “Hope” and a recognition and value of the work of Pieta House in these troubled times. An this occasion the gods were in benevolent mood, the forecast rain and high winds stayed away, instead a starry starry night and as the sun rose over the ancient town a new day dawned to the sound of footsteps, laughter and the celebration of a night to remember which was special to all those who participated. On return participants were greeted with drinks and food, all of which was donated by shops, supermarkets and suppliers from the town and beyond. Pieta House and the Darkness into Light committee would like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers and supporters who helped in any way to make this inaugural event the huge success it was, the funds as well as the awareness raised are vital in the ongoing battle.
To date €23,00 has been raised and the figure is rising. Some of those active on Twitter in the Cashel area commented: “I love going for walks at 4am! Can we do it again tomorrow.... please?’ - @PilatesEimear.
“Fantastic turn out in Cashel this morning” - @FionaCasey92.
“What a fantastic turnout in #cashel. Lovely atmosphere and very well organised”- @Cashelartsfest.
“Fair play to everyone” - @alancoughlan1