Top sports stars to line out for charity night run

By David Tucker

The 5km night run launch on Wexford Quays.
The 5km night run launch on Wexford Quays.

Organisers of the charity 5km Night Run due to take place in Wexford on Thursday (January 28) have appealed for a large turnout of people to raise funds for the Irish Kidney Association and they already have some top local sports stars to help them on their way.

Nicola Gregg, whose father has been on dialysis for the past five years, said she decided to organise the race to help promote health, fitness and mental wellbeing and to have an event that people can look forward to and train towards 'in order to achieve a nice healthy lifestyle in January'. 'There are lots of races in the summer, but one in January should help get people motivated after Christmas indulgences.'

The race will start on the Quays at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, and will head out towards Kerlogue before returning via the Faythe and ending back on the Quays.

'It will be a light-hearted, fun event will lots of colour, music and laughter. There will be music enroute to encourage participants. Both runners and walkers are welcome,' said Nicola.

Wexford sports stars who have so far said they will take part include Jamie Codd, Larry O'Gorman, Lee Chin, Katrina Parrock, Dean Walsh, Daniel Kavanagh and Redmond Barry.

Contact information for the run can be found at nightrunwexford@gmail.com or phone 087 4150292. You can also register through facebook or at runireland.com. The race is sponsored by SK Fitness, in Drinagh.

A new kidney dialysis unit is due to be opened at the Whitemill Industrial Estate before the end of the year, which will remove the need for dialysis patients to undertake three-times-a-week journeys to Waterford for their treatment.

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