Stars line up for Remembrance Run

Entries are coming in fast for next Sunday’s Remembrance Run - the 5km Walk, Jog or Run event taking place in the Phoenix Park at 11am - starting on Chesterfield Avenue and finishing on Furze Road.

Entries are coming in fast for next Sunday’s Remembrance Run - the 5km Walk, Jog or Run event taking place in the Phoenix Park at 11am - starting on Chesterfield Avenue and finishing on Furze Road.

The inaugural event is organised by Athletics Ireland in association withwww.mycharity.ie. Among those entered for this special themed event is Irish hockey international Nikki Symmons, who is running for Arthritis Ireland. Symmons, who is Ireland’s most capped hockey player, discovered that she had osteoarthritis in her hips at the age of 26 but after two operations has been able to prolong her hockey career.

“The operations were successful and I have been able to continue with my sporting career and manage my condition through regular exercise,” Nikki Symmons said. “I like the idea of this Remembrance Run and I will be encouraging others to fundraise for Arthritis Ireland through www.mycharity.ie.

Another entrant is Kevin O’Brien of the Irish cricket team, who holds the world record for the fastest century ever scored in World Cup competition, coming from 50 balls against England in Bangalore on March 2nd, 2011 and setting up Ireland for a three-wicket victory. Kevin will be taking part for Diabetes Ireland and will be remembering his father Brendan, who in 2004 lost the toes on his left foot as a result of the disease.

Broadcaster Donncha O’Dualaing is walking the event with his son, Donncha, in memory of his daughter Sinead who last year died from a brain tumour at age 40. “Sinead had just got married, and she had accompanied me many years ago on my famous 16- day O’Sullivan Beara Walks from West Cork to Leitrim village,” Donncha O’Dulaing said.

The RTE broadcaster, whose Highways and Byways radio programme is still fondly remembered by many, also embarked on a 32-county charity fundraising walk for Rehab in the early 1980s, covering an average of 30 miles a day.

“With the help of God, I will be 80 next year,” O’Dulaing said. “This was the month when my daughter Sinead died last year and my son Donncha and I will be taking part in the Remembrance Run in her memory, to encourage people to raise money for cancer treatment and research.”

MD Niall Devine of www.mycharity.ie commented, “I am delighted to be doing the remembrance run. In the last two weeks I have been diagnosed with Arthritis in both hips, so while I may be a bit sore after the run I am determined to do it in order to raise funds for my chosen charity, Arthritis Ireland.”

The Remembrance Run will have a special remembrance theme of family or friends who have passed on, or who are currently struggling with illness or other life challenges.

“The month of November is a time of remembrance for everyone at year’s end - an ideal time to remember family or friends passed and present, and to celebrate our own gift of days,” Remembrance Run Director Frank Greally said.

Online entries for the event are still available at www.remembrancerun.ie and late entries will be accepted up to 9.15am on race day near the Start Area at the junction of Chesterfield Avenue and Furze Road.