All systems go for Cara Bundoran 10-mile Challenge

The inaugural staging of the Cara Bundoran 10-mile Challenge last year attracted a bumper entry of over 500 and this year’s event will surpass that lofty total.

The inaugural staging of the Cara Bundoran 10-mile Challenge last year attracted a bumper entry of over 500 and this year’s event will surpass that lofty total.

The event is the brainchild of Cara Pharmacies and Tir Chonaill Athletic Club and Eamon Harvey, the club stalwart and regional development officer for Athletics Ireland, said things are ticking over nicely.

“By the end of the online registration on Monday night we had over 500 participants and if last year is any sort of guide there will be a lot of people still putting their names down later in the week,” he said.

“If you didn’t get around to registering you can still do so on Friday from 6pm until 10pm at Magh Éne VEC in Bundoran or between 8am and 9:45am sharp on Saturday.”

Sinead Jennings from Letterkenny, the 2001 world rowing champion, will be one of the field, which could attract up to 1,000. Last year, the first runner home in the excellent time of 50:18 was Derry’s Paddy Hamilton, while Patrick Brennan from Letterkenny AC was second in 52:56. Third was Offaly native, Ferbane’s Paul Buckley in 54:14.

The first woman home was Tullaghan, Co Leitrim, native Breege Connolly, who runs out of Belfast, in a fine 59:23, followed home by Tir Chonaill AC’s Fiona Stack in 1:04:26 and Sligo’s Roseanne Mitchell in 1:07:40.

The main reason for the Cara Bundoran 10-mile Challenge are the charities. Submissions were sought from local and national charities and The Irish Heart Foundation and the Barrettstown Gang Camp have been selected from the huge response they received.

The Irish Heart Foundation is the national charity fighting stroke and heart disease, funded up to 90 per cent by public and corporate donations, while Barrettstown Gang Camp is a specially-designed camp that provides therapeutic recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses, and their families.

“We invited charities to make their submissions and then they were assessed by an independent committee, so we’re delighted to have the Irish Heart Foundation and the Barrettstown Gang Camp on board.”

In addition to the Cara Bundoran Run itself, which starts at 11am, childrens’ races for U-11, U-13 and U-15 have been added and start at 10:45am. There is a post race party at the Allingham Arms Hotel on Saturday nightand if anyone is still fit for anything on Sunday they can join the recovery run from the Astoria Car Park at 10am.