3rd annual Breffni Challenge

125 participants took to the roads in support of the Breffni Challenge (Ck-on-Shannon) which was held recently and raised over €2,500. The walk/run once again was in aid of Breffni Family Resource Centre and the Leitrim/West Cavan Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland.

The organizing committee was delighted at the support of this, its 3rd annual event. A total of €2,500 was raised with each group receiving €1,250.00 each. A big thank you to all who raised sponsorship and who gave generous donations on the day.

We would like to thank Megan Lee, Drumkeerin for the official cutting of the ribbon to start the race. Thanks to local residents who helped with catering on the day.

Mary Taylor, Catherine Keane and Marie Prunty, recorded and timed every one who crossed the winning line with the aid of Suzanne McGuinness and Niamh Lavin was ready and waiting to record computerized placing of all participants to finished the race.

Bernadette Glancy and Teresa Callaghan was available free of charge to ease the aches and pains with massage available after the race.

Trophies were presented to the following Rory Sweeney and Caroline Donoghue – 1st Male and Female in the 5K; 2nd Male and Female: Gordan Hughes and Mary Quinn; 3rd Prize: Gavin Mitchell In 10K: 1st Prize: Noel Murphy and Geraldine McWeeney; 2nd Prize: Shane Comer and Ann Marie Cox. 20K Winners : 1st Place: Colm Towey and Aoife Dorr; 2nd Place: Chris Callaghan and Fiona Gallagher and 3rd Place: Georgina Daly.

Thank you to our sponsor of the trophies, Carrick Tennis Club and Townspark Residents Association. Jackie Ffrench-McGirl sincerely thanked Breffni Community Development for their efforts and support in the fund-raising and all who gave so generously with Sponsorship Cards.

The organizing committee, consisting of Sean Duignan, Bernee Murray, Mary Taylor, Jackie Ffrench-McGirl, Fergal White, Marie Prunty, Catherine Keane and Kathleen Flanagan, would like to pay tribute to all who helped in any way in organising or helping to make this event such a success.

Thanks to Bernee Murray, who co-ordinated the catering facilities and a big thank you to those who helped her, namely, Teresa Flanagan, Chris McGreevy, Marie Flanagan, Kathleen Tivnan, Catherine Conlon and Mary McManus.

Thanks to Nicholas Glancy, Seamus Murray, Jim Conlon, Aidan Glancy, Leo Duignan, Christy Tivnan and Graham McDermott for helping us organize the centre before, during and after the race.

To our chief steward Sean Duignan, special thanks for all his work. A big thank you to all our stewards who helped on the day. A lot of hard work took place behind the scenes so we would like to thank all concerned.

Thank you to the Gardai Síochana for traffic control and to the Order of Malta. Thanks to the Fire Service, with Killian Moran who led the race and Aidan Glancy for his use of car, also Anthony Beirne and Ken McManus Mini bus Service.

Special word of thanks to Leitrim Observer, Brendan Farrell and Charlie McGettigan, Shannonside Radio and for their unending support and coverage on Radio on Saturday mornings.

It would not be possible to thank people individually, and on behalf of the organizing committee we would like to everyone who helped in any way to make the day such as success.


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