300 kids take to the Castle to raise funds for charity

The Kids Mini Marathon and Adult 5k held recently in Kilkenny Castle Park exceeded all expectations of its organisers.

The Kids Mini Marathon and Adult 5k held recently in Kilkenny Castle Park exceeded all expectations of its organisers.

This new event which was held to raise much needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Chernobyl Children International was an outstanding success which saw almost 300 people take part to support these two worthy causes.

“We are overwhelmed with the turnout for both runs and delighted to see so many children taking part. All the mums and dads are beaming with pride watching their little ones running. It’s wonderful to see the children enjoying it so much and also helping to raise money for our two great children’s charities2 said one of the organisers Sandra Lanigan. Almost 200 children ranging from 3 years to 15 years ran in the Kids Mini Marathon with over 100 adults taking part in the Adult 5k. The children’s route totalled 2.5K and was set out in three laps to give the children the option to finish after each lap, depending on their age. Most of the children completed the entire run with great enthusiasm and every child gave it their all and were rewarded with a gold medal for their fantastic achievement. Many of the children’s parents also joined in the fun with three generations of the same family taking part in the Adult 5k which followed the Kids Run.

“The Castle Park grounds are the perfect venue for such an event and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect with glorious sunshine after days of rain” said organiser Tim Butler. “We would like to thank everyone who took part, big and small with a special thanks to our sponsors and supporters and to all those who volunteered on the day to help make it a very unique family event. We sincerely hope it will become a new Father’s Day tradition for many years to come” said Sandra Lanigan.

A total of €1772 was raised and will be divided equally between Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and Chernobyl Children International.