April 16, 2024

This 12 months’s Donegal Half Marathon, which can be held in affiliation with the Kernan Retail Group, will happen on Sunday, August twenty fifth in Letterkenny.

The 2024 occasion was launched in Kernan’s Bistro at Letterkenny Retail Park on Friday, March eighth.

In his welcoming tackle, Donegal Half Marathon Chairman, Myles Sweeney, mentioned it was becoming that the launch was being held on Worldwide Girls’s Day and through Girls In Sport Week.

“We’ve been coordinating loads of girls’s occasions over the previous week throughout Donegal and we are attempting to get much more girls concerned on this 12 months’s Donegal Half Marathon,” the Donegal Sports activities Partnership Coordinator commented.

“The Donegal Half Marathon is a longstanding occasion and the brainchild of the late Dessie Larkin. We’re delighted to have Mary right here with us who’s on the organising committee and representing the Larkin household. Dessie was an awesome pal of the marathon and an awesome pal of sport. He was actually dedicated to sport in Donegal and his legacy lives on now by way of the Donegal Half Marathon. We’ve stored it a neighborhood marathon and it has actually blossomed during the last ten years. It is rather a lot the individuals’s marathon as Dessie rightly referred to as it on the time,” the chairman mentioned.

Helen McCready, senior girls’s winner of the 2023 Donegal Half Marathon, Mary Larkin, Donegal Half Marathon Committee and Chantelle Grant, Normal Supervisor of Century Complicated and Donegal Half Marathon Committee

Declaring that many teams and organisations contribute to the success of the Donegal Half Marathon, he continued: “Kernan’s, Optum, Letterkenny CDP, Purple Cross, the Gardai, Century Cinemas, Donegal Volunteer Centre, Purple Cross, Donegal County Council, Fáilte Eire, Watson Rent and Highland Bakery all play their half in making it such an awesome spectacle. We’re grateful for the help we get from everybody and are additionally very appreciative of the DFI grant from Donegal County Council. We thank the members for his or her ongoing help.”

“With out the volunteers we wouldn’t have a half marathon. John Curran and his staff on the Donegal Volunteer Centre present us with loads of help. It’s additionally good to see Neily McDaid right here. Neily is the chief steward and together with Gerard McGinley they appear after the marshalling finish of issues which is so necessary. A whole lot of work goes into the occasion yearly. We’ve a superb and hardworking committee, and we by no means appear to fall out which is sweet,” he added.

“Over the previous couple of years, now we have been working carefully with Fáilte Eire to spotlight iconic websites in Donegal alongside the Wild Atlantic Means. During the last three years, we’ve used Malin Head, Sliabh Liag and Fanad Lighthouse on our t-shirts and on our medals. This 12 months we’re staying native, and the purpose chosen is the New Mills Corn and Flax Mills positioned subsequent to the house of our ambassador, Danny McDaid,” Mr. Sweeney mentioned.

Donegal Half Marathon Ambassador, Danny McDaid

Talking on the launch, Danny McDaid mentioned: “I suppose we don’t shout sufficient in regards to the historical past now we have on our doorstep just like the flax mills at New Mills. I don’t suppose it’s being pushed sufficient and it’s as much as individuals like us to put it on the market extra. There can be as much as 500 medals with the picture of the flax mills at New Mills as its centrepiece handed out on race day and I believe they are going to be a collector’s merchandise and invaluable within the years to come back.”

“Dessie all the time referred to the race because the individuals’s marathon and I’m positive he would have been enthusiastic about New Mills being a part of the occasion, on condition that he lived on the market and that his household roots are within the Glenswilly and New Mills space,” the race ambassador added.

Mayor of Letterkenny and Milford Municipal District, Cllr Kevin Bradley

Mayor of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District, Cllr Kevin Bradley, who began the 2023 Donegal Half Marathon, described the occasion as sensible.

“It’s a really, excellent occasion and everybody competing was excited to be a part of all of it final 12 months,” he commented.

Urging individuals to go to the flax mills at New Mills, Cllr Bradley added: “It’s a unbelievable vacationer attraction and it’s free to go to. It’s nice to see the Donegal Half Marathon going from power to power, and it’s good that Mary is right here and carrying on the great work began by Dessie.”

Donegal County Councillors, Donal Coyle and Ciaran Brogan.

Talking on behalf of Kernan’s, Damien Daly mentioned: “It’s a privilege to be concerned. It’s six years now since we received the cellphone name from Dessie and we couldn’t say ‘no’. It has grown from then. It’s a neighborhood occasion we are able to all sit up for over the following six months. We assist the Finn Harps Academy and numerous GAA golf equipment across the county, and any such neighborhood occasion is the proper match for us. On a private word, I need to thank Cathal Curran on behalf of Kernan’s for what he does for this occasion and different occasions exterior of his working day. Thanks additionally to the committee for his or her ongoing efforts.”

Helen McCready, winner of the Donegal Half Marathon in 2022 and 2023, instructed the launch that she ran the marathon when the occasion was first held ten years in the past along with the half marathon.

“That was such a memorable day,” the Rosses AC runner mentioned.

This 12 months’s race can have a 9.20 am begin.

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Donegal Half Marathon gears up for 2024 occasion with deal with girls’s participation was final modified: March thirteenth, 2024 by Workers Author