The organisers of Sunday’s North West 10K Charity Road Race/Walk believe that around 3,000 people will take part in the event.
Speaking to the DPP/DD last night, North West 10K committee chairperson, Grace Boyle, said all the indications are suggesting that a record crowd will particpate in the hugely popular fundraiser on the May bank holiday weekend.
“Last year we were amazed at the number - 2,300 - that took part. There was a time not too long ago when we wondered if we would manage to attract 1,000. Now we’re talkng 3,000 and preparing for a huge numbers like that is is a huge undertaking,” Grace commented.
Race director, Brendan McDaid, said he was hopeful that both of last year’s winners would be on the starting line on Sunday to defend their titles.
“Patrick Brennan of Letterkenny and Teresa McGloin from Finn Valley won the senior men and senior women sections last year. We would hope that both will be in action this Sunday, wile City of Derry’s Gregory Roberts could also feature,” Brendan said.
“Sunday’s race marks the start of the Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Road Series which is held in association with Brian McCormick Sports and Leisure. There are 38 races in this year’s series. Last year, there was a notable increase in the number of runners taking part and I think that is a trend which will continue this year.”
The two benefiting charities this year are the Donegal Mental Health Acute Services and Save our Sight - Opthlamic Department
Since the first staging of the North West 10K in 1997, a total of 525,000 euro has been raised for 25 Donegal-based charities. Check in on the day will take place from 11 am to 1.30 pm at Letterkenny Community Centre and entry fee is ten euro. Pre-entry is available on Saturday between 5 pm and 7 pm at the Letterkenny Community Centre. To register on line and more information, log on to www.northwest10k.com