06 Jul 2022

Overwhelming support for Autism Run

With almost 1000 people signed up so far, the 100km for €100k event is proving to be a huge success and they are very much on course to reach the magical target of €100K.

With almost 1000 people signed up so far, the 100km for €100k event is proving to be a huge success and they are very much on course to reach the magical target of €100K.

The run is being undertaken by Rhode’s Niall Murphy who will begin running at 8am on Sunday, April 1 from Rhode GAA Club.

Niall has taken up the challenge of running 100 kilometres in one day whilst aiming to raise €100K for the charity so close to his heart, Irish Autism Action. Niall ‘s son Ryan has autism, so he is very much aware first-hand how challenging autism can be on families.

Niall will run a series of laps and Boyzone star Keith Duffy, Operation Transformations Adrian Brereton and members of the Offaly 1982 All Ireland winning football team will join him for the last leg which he hopes to start at 5.30pm.

There will be a host of activities on the day in the village including a pet corner and face painting while the Heineken Cup will also be on display.

The communities of Rhode, Edenderry and surrounding areas have been superb in their overwhelming support and the committee is indebted to everybody that have supported or signed up so far.

Niall’s training for this challenge has gone very well. Up to Friday March 16 he had run 933 miles this year, which shows a daily average of over 12.5 miles for the 75 days of 2012. That is almost a half marathon per day. The training programme included long runs such as one 80km training run on February 19, one 60km run, two 50km runs and four 40km runs mixed in with different daily training runs.

He is looking forward to the day and will work to keep his pace and focus. One thing that had to be changed after the training just over a week ago was of course the runners and these were very kindly provided by Aidan Colgan of Colgan Sports, Portarlington and Tullamore.

On Thursday night last in O’Tooles Lounge Rhode a Race night was held as part of the event. This was organized by Colette Quinn who put in tremendous work into it to make it the outstanding success that it was.

This event raised €3,640 and sincere thanks to Colette, Niall O’ Toole, Mary O’Toole, all the backroom team, the generous sponsors of races, horses, jockeys, P Smullen, Willie Supple and all the people who attended to help make it a very enjoyable occasion.

This event just proves how great our community is and the continued support for charity that is out there despite the economic times that we are in. The committee are indebted to Colette Quinn and also to Niall, John and Mary O’Toole for organizing the event. Councillor Liam Quinn also addressed the attendance and it is fantastic that our local councilor continues show his caring, community driven spirit as he embraces all the challenges at present.

You an also donate on line at

Two other ways of supporting are by purchasing an Autism Awareness Flag for €5 which we hope to decorate the village and the route with and also buy an Aine milk chocolate bar for €2 which will also be on sale soon.

If you want to participate, please contact Niall Murphy in Irish Autism Action on 087-2305566 or

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