As the athletes were converging on Castleisland’s Limerick Road from all sides – except Farranfore – an angry old sky growled frequently and loudly.
Its empty retching produced far less rain than its appearance promised.
Even as the participants in the seventh annual Humphrey Murphy Memorial 10km and 5km road race limbered up the thunder was still rumbling away menacingly.
They all ran away down the Limerick Road as planned and several of them said afterwards that the drop of rain that fell was a blessed relief from the humidity of the evening.
Weekend of Activities
The event kicked off a weekend of activities which will continue tomorrow, Sunday at Powell’s Road at 12 noon. A family fun day with races for all ages with a bouncing castle and live music will precede the 10-card horse racing due to start at 1pm.
The Castleisland Co-Op Mart yard is the place to be as a fun-fair or bazaar – as it was called in days of yore – is drawing children of all ages with its primeval lure of colour and excitement.
Road Race Results
The results of the race are as follows: First male,10k, Stephen Moore. First female, 10k, Elaine O’Keeffe. First male,5k, Robert Purcell, First female, 5k, Siobhan Daly. First Junior male: Jamie Nolan. First junior female: Jasmine Enright. Special class visual impaired: Ross Gallagher and his helper Anna.
Glebe Lodge – Close to Humphrey’s Heart
The proceeds of the Humphrey Memorial Road Race will go to Glebe Lodge Residential Home. This is a charity which was very close to the late Humphrey’s heart and he was a great fundraiser and a mentor to many locals who eventually got into running at his prompting.
It was through running that he raised thousands of pounds and Euros up to his tragic death in a workplace accident in May 2011.
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