By Declan Kerr

The countdown is on in earnest to Sunday’s special 20th anniversary North West 10k in Letterkenny.

The charity run and walk first took to the road on Saturday evening, May 10th, 1997 and over two decades the event has raised a total €710,000 for 31 charities.

Those worthy causes all recognise the huge role the North West 10k has played at difficult times in their organizations over the past 20 years. This year the benefiting charities are Spina Bifida and the Donegal Branch of the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

Sunday will be a milestone for the committee whose members put a huge amount of behind the scenes work into ensuring the continued success of the charity event.

First and foremost it is a fun social event that has been embraced by the local community in Letterkenny and right across the North West.

Chairperson James Boyle is hoping for a big entry to mark the 20th anniversary. In recent years the 10k has been attracting over 2,000 runners and walkers and it would be very fitting if those types of numbers turned out again for the start on the Pearse Road on Sunday.

Donegal Person of the Year Deirdre McGlone will officially get the runners underway from the start line near McGinley Motors while the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Ciaran Brogan will perform the same duty for the walkers who leave from the Community Centre car park.


Organising an event of this scale requires detailed planning that has been ongoing for months now and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of so many volunteers.

It wouldn’t be possible either without the financial support of the two main sponsors: and Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure.

A comprehensive traffic management plan has been put in place by event director Charlie Kerr in consultation with Letterkenny Gardaí under the direction of Sergeant Eunan Walsh.

The first 2,000 entries are guaranteed one of the brand new North West 10k t-shirts.

As well as registering on-line runners and walkers can also pre-enter at Letterkenny Community Centre this week. The registration office will be open on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th April from 5 – 6.30 p.m.

Entries will also be taken on Saturday, 30th April from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

We'll have comprehensive coverage of the race in next Monday's edition.