Launched last year, this was the second time round for the St Luke’s Home Memorial 5K and what an event it was! The numbers taking part increased from 320 last year to 463 this year and, despite a small bit of rain just before the start, everyone finished and seemed to really enjoy the occasion.
Cork’s premier runners lent their support, with Alan O’Shea winning the overall male category in a time of 15 minutes, 15 seconds and Sinead O’Connor the overall female in a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds – very well done to them!
The Run is all about remembering all associated with Saint luke’s Charity and Saint Luke’s Home down through the years. It is a celebration of their lives and a commemoration of them in a positive and happy way.
100% of the entry fee goes to support the Therapy and Activity programme at Saint Luke’s Home which relies on the fund-raising of Saint Luke’s Charity.
As the photos taken by photographer Doug Minihane show, runners (and walkers and participants) of all ages, experience and connection with the Charity took part:
The main sponsors of the event were local company RCI who, for the last two years, have put up the overall prize of a week’s holiday accommodation in Europe for both the winning male and the winning female. RCI also steward the event, give a generous cheque and enter employees and friends in their numbers! This year, Ronan Daly Jermyn, Solicitors co-sponsored the event and provided a really generous goody bag to all who participated! The Charity also thanks Welch Sports for sponsoring the 2nd prize and for the 20% discount voucher, QCafe and John Buckley Sports for the remaining prizes. Kate Cowhig Recruitment sponsored sponsoring the refreshments. The sponsors really help to make this a successful event, their support means that all the costs associated with the Run are covered,
It was also wonderful to see lots of St Luke’s staff, relatives of residents, and volunteers out running or walking, and enjoying themselves. This means a lot in terms of camaraderie and team-building!