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2015 Fun Run

posted 15 Jan 2015, 12:30 by Donal Travers

4th Annual Rathcoffey GAA Fun Run 2015 

In conjunction with Console, the National Suicide Charity

As regular as clockwork, each new year brings the usual uninspiring coverage of new years resolutions, most of which are a distant memory by Easter.  One strategy to overcome this is to set one modest goal at a time, achieve it and move on.  The Rathcoffey Fun Run is becoming a staple fixture in the local North Kildare calendar for casual walkers and runners, and for more serious athletes in the community to reach an early new year goal.

Whether you’re aiming to break the 33-minute mark for 10k or have a leisurely stroll around the 7.5k course, the Rathcoffey Fun Run is a safe and well-organised way to do it.  This year’s run takes place on Saturday 7th February over the same popular course as in previous years, with a start time of 11 a.m.  The run is relatively flat and takes the runners towards Ladychapel and back via Johninstown offering stunning views of Rathcoffey Castle.

 The 2014 edition saw nearly 250 runners and walkers line up, despite the bleak weather earlier in the morning.  First home in the mens run was Patrick Roche in a time of 32.58 while local teacher Catherine Kelly was the first woman home in a time of 41.24.    

 Once again, Rathcoffey GAA is teaming up with Console, the National Suicide Charity, with participants having the opportunity to raise money for this hugely important organisation.  Meanwhile, the club will be serving refreshments for runners and supporters and Glanbia will be on hand to provide Avonmore protein milk for all finishers.

There will be two entry fee categories, €10 for under 18’s and €20 for adults.   Registration can be completed online at, or at the Rathcoffey GAA Clubhouse on the morning of the race or the night before.  The event will be time chipped by Pop Up Races.

 Spokesman for the race organisers, Mick Kennedy said “This is the fourth year of the Rathcoffey Fun Run and the 2015 edition promises to be even better than the last.  It’s a great way to banish the new year blues and get fit in a fun way and at your own pace.  We are again teaming up with Console, the National Suicide Charity, which typically gets a great response from participants.”

 Further details are available on the Rathcoffey Fun Run Facebook page or via Rathcoffey GAA on Twitter.