Nenagh man Donal runs with rugby legend Malcolm for charity

Nenagh man Donal Maher gets into training for the Great Ethiopian Run with rugby legend Malcolm O'Kelly
A Nenagh man has lined up with an Ireland rugby legend to urge Tipperary runners, joggers and walkers to put their “best foot forward” and sign up to join Ireland rugby ace Malcolm O’Kelly in the challenge of a lifetime, The Great Ethiopian Run.

A Nenagh man has lined up with an Ireland rugby legend to urge Tipperary runners, joggers and walkers to put their “best foot forward” and sign up to join Ireland rugby ace Malcolm O’Kelly in the challenge of a lifetime, The Great Ethiopian Run.

Malcolm will be leading a team of participants for the adventure of their lives in the highest capital in the world- Addis Ababa in The Great Ethiopian Run – A Run Less Ordinary on November 24 in aid of the children’s development NGO, Plan Ireland

This 10k race is the biggest and noisiest in Africa and is open to all levels of fitness, including walkers. Over 36,000 participants will line up for the race in historic Addis Ababa, including 500 elite athletes and 500 runners from overseas. Run at 10,000ft above sea level, the course winds its way through the ancient city steeped in culture and tradition.

Mal said: “I’d love the people of Tipp to put “their best foot forward” and be part of my team in November for this really exciting and innovative event. I’ve faced lots of challenges on the ruby field throughout my career so I’m really looking forward to tackling this one head on. Unlike other challenges, you will also get to visit some of Plan’s projects in Ethiopia and see how you’re helping to develop a brighter future for children. Ethiopia is an incredible country and this event will give you the chance to experience some of its highlights firsthand.”

Donal, who works for Plan Ireland, said; “Tipp people have a long association with both sport and charity so this is why I feel this event is the perfect match. By joining Malcolm’s team you will experience an exhilarating and worthwhile event. Working for Plan Ireland, I’ve seen the work it does to help poor children to access their rights to health, education and protection. Plan works in 50 countries, including Ethiopia, with children, their families and their communities to help lift them out of poverty and provide sustainable systems for a brighter future.”

See www.plan.ie/greatethiopianrun for more details of how to sign up to the race. Plan Ireland receives tremendous support from the Tipperary public, with over 250 sponsoring children with the organisation.