Countdown is on to the Glens Run

The countdown has begun to the third annual North Leitrim Glens Run, which takes place in Manorhamilton on Saturday, September 8 with a big turnout expected.

The countdown has begun to the third annual North Leitrim Glens Run, which takes place in Manorhamilton on Saturday, September 8 with a big turnout expected.

The three charities that will benefit from this year’s Run are the Lydia Branley Trust, the Alzheimer’s Association and the Multiple Sclerosis. At the recent launch of this year’s Glens Run in Rooney’s SuperValu in Manorhamilton Glenade’s Lydia Branley and members of her family were present.

Also present on the occasion were Liam Hunt, representing the Alzheimer’s Association and Colm Clarke on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Association. The Chairperson of the North Leitrim Glens Run Committee Maura Gallagher is hoping for another successful promotion this year.

Maura says “We are hoping this year’s event will be even a bigger success. We are doing it for three charities, the Lydia Branley Trust, Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis Associations on Saturday fortnight.

“The first year the Glens Run brought in over €9,000 for local charities and last year the amount was over €8,500. There has been a great turnout at the two previous North Leitrim Glens Runs.

“This year we have brought down our registration prices for all taking part. It is €15 for the 10k and €25 for the Half Marathon. People participating in the North Leitrim Glens 10k and Half Marathon can register online for either of the races on www.northleitrimglensrun.com, the event’s website.

“To make an online entry for the North Leitrim Glens Run there is a link on our website to Precision Timing, who is doing the timing for this year’s races. If you go on our website you will get the link to register there.

“We are looking for a very good turnout because it is all for local charities and we are hoping that they will all be well supported. We always had a great turnout from North Leitrim.

“But we would like to get a lot of people from other counties as well. We have had people from all over in the past two years, even people from other countries. You can participate in whatever way you want, be that walk run, any way.

“You have to be 18 years to take part – that is the regulations of the Athletics Association of Ireland. We have to get everybody out now. Participants have to two months to get ready.

“It will be an easy build up for all participants. There are a lot of people walking here at the moment as you can see all over the place. So I hope they are all going to do it for us on September 8.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers that helped throughout the years with the North Leitrim Glens Run and we will be asking them to come forward again and kindly help out with this year’s event.

“I would like to thank Gilbert’s Pharmacy who is the main sponsor’s of the 2012 North Leitrim Glens Run and all the other sponsors of the Run. I would also like to thank Rooney’s SuperValu for hosting the launch of this year’s event” Maura said as she anticipates a big turnout for North Leitrim Glens Run 10k and Half-Marathon on Saturday, September 8.