29 Jun 2022

Challenge run for Motor Neuron Disease to stop off in Kilkenny

 Challenge run for Motor Neuron Disease to stop off in Kilkenny

A runner will set to complete a 10 kilometre run in all 32 counties in July in memory of Dad who died from Motor Neurone Disease.

In 2010 Tramore native John Twomey lost his fight to Motor Neurone Disease (MND). His son Jerry Twomey has decided to set himself a challenge to mark John’s birthday this year. A challenge that will visit Kilkenny July 3.

During the month of July 2022 Jerry will set out to complete a 10km run in all 32 counties in Ireland. The run is to honour his Dad, but more importantly to raise awareness and much needed funds for MND.

“We met angels and helpers in many forms while Dad suffered his illness with dignity. The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) was of immeasurable support to us and are an endlessly worthy charity to go the distance for. I have been training hard since January and at times I felt that completing this challenge is way beyond me. What better way to honour the memory of my brilliant Dad than to face a challenge bigger than I feel possible.”

Please keep an eye out for Jerry pounding the Kilkenny roads; he’d be very grateful for the company if you fancy joining him for a kilometre or two along the way. Jerry is reaching out to everyone in the Motor Neurone Disease family, and also sports clubs, running clubs, and social groups to join him along the way, in their runners or on their bikes – everyone is welcome. 

“With company the run feels half as long and twice as easy” he adds. “I would be delighted to hook up and run with people wherever they are. Just get in touch and I will be there. I can’t wait to get to Kilkenny on 3.”

To donate directly to the IMNDA please go to

For more info, or to follow the run, check out the hashtag - #runningthecountry on Twitter and Instagram (@runforimnda). There’s a Facebook page too, or you can contact Jerry on

MND is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching the muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

In order to provide these vital services the IMNDA depends heavily on the generosity of the public and friends of the association.

In Ireland, one person dies every five days from this devastating disease. MND is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones. It is a condition that leaves people unable to do the everyday things that the rest of us take for granted. Walking, talking and swallowing may become virtually impossible.

MND strikes people across all ages and there is currently no known cure. The IMNDA provides specialised services for people affected by this debilitating disease such as equipment on loan, financial assistance towards home help, advice and home visits by a MND Nurse Specialist. The association also funds research.

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