Rundonegal to be the biggest and best yet

Unprecedented level of interest in Sunday's charity 5k

Rundonegal to be the biggest and best yet

Just to underline the level of interest in this Sunday's Rundonegal charity 5k, an order has been placed for an extra batch of commemorative t-shirts for the event.

Entries for the annual charity women's 5k have already reached unprecedented levels with record numbers set to take part.

Already close on 500 people have pre-registered on-line for the race with many more expected to register before Sunday, or on the morning itself.

This year’s race will be supporting the Sharon’s Girls charity and race organiser, Grace Boyle, said entries have already reached unprecedented levels.

“There has been a huge amount of interest since the launch,” she said. “The number of people who will be taking part will be bigger than ever before.

“We’ve had big numbers for races over the years , but this will be the biggest yet.”

The Rundonegal 5k is a women’s race, but men are welcome to take part too - as long as they play their part by helping to fundraise.

A number of walking groups and ‘Couch to 5k’ classes are planning to take part with a group from North Fermanagh also already entered.

“This year’s charity is very special and it’s one that people want to support,” Grace said. “When you think that we have a group coming from Fermanagh, it would be nice to get some other groups from around Donegal to come along as well.”

Sharon’s Girls is a charity set up in memory of Sharon Alexander from Castlefin. She died of cervical cancer at the age of 34 just two years after the father of her children passed away. She left behind three daughters, Shannon (15), Amy (14) and Kayleigh (12) who were left in the loving care of her family.

Amy has Down Syndrome and is currently on the waiting list for heart surgery. She needs her own downstairs bedroom and lives with her aunt and uncle in Killygordon. Shannon and Kayleigh live with another aunt and uncle in Drumkeen. Both families need help to extend their houses and provide the girls with their own bedroom, a private space to call their own.

The first batch of 300 race t-shirts, sponsored by McElhinney's in Ballybofey are already gone and another batch which recently arrived, courtesy of the Ovarian Cancer Society, are also almost all snapped up.

A third set of t-shirts are expected to arrive this week before Sunday's race.

“We normally have pink t-shirts for our races, but this year, the colour of the t-shirts is blue,” Grace Boyle added.

“It should be a wonderful scene on Sunday when a sea of blue leaves the Finn Valley Centre at the start of the race.”

Sunday’s race starts at 11am at the Finn Valley Centre and registration can be made by emailing rundonegal@gmail.com