Rosscarbery event marks 100 years since death of World Champion runner

Posted on: 6th October, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Following on from three very successful years, the fourth annual ‘Rosscarbery Steam Engine’ 5km Fun Run will take place on Saturday, October 18Ross run at 5pm.

This year’s run is particularly special as it marks 100 years since the death of the Irish and USA Champion 400-metres champion runner, TJ O’Mahony, the Rosscarbery native in whose honour the event was created.

Making 2014 doubly special, Alex O’Shea – who set a Guinness World Record in this year’s Cork marathon for running the 26.2 miles in his full firefighting gear – will take part in the run.

With all proceeds going to two charities: Irish Guide Dogs Association and Concern Worldwide, the run (or walk) will be a 5km (3 miles in total) double circuit of the scenic lagoon in Rosscarbery.

Registration costs just €10 for adults and €5 for children aged between 12 and 16 years. For safety reasons, no under-12s can be allowed to participate.

Registration is on the day from 3.30pm at the Social Services Centre directly behind the Centra Shop at the corner of Rosscarbery Square. Refreshments will be available at the Social Services centre directly afterwards. Showers will be available in the original Carbery Rangers GAA complex nearby in Newtown.

Runners, walkers and families alike are all welcome and there will be music in the square for the duration.

The event will start at 5pm from the main square in the centre of the town.

The run is organised in co-operation with Rosscarbery Community Council and Carbery Rangers GAA Club.

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