Humphrey’s Run Launches Castleisland Races Weekend

Glad to be home: Adrian O Connor, Shane Browne, Yvonne Quill, Jean O’Sullivan, Fred O’Connell, Marie Hickey and Joan Glover after taking part in the Humphrey Murphy Memorial 5k and 10k Road Race in Castleisland on Friday evening. Photograph: Pat Hartnett
The racing action is due to get underway at 1pm after the family fun day activity at Powell’s Road tomorrow, Sunday, June 10th.
©Photograph: John Reidy
The late Humphrey Murphy in whose memory the annual 5K and 10k Road Race / Fun Run is held in aid of Glebe Lodge.
©Photograph: John Reidy

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.

Thunder Rumbled

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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