WALKERS, joggers and runners alike will be ploughing on to raise funds for the Cuisle Centre in Ratheniska shortly. A run, jog or walk in aid of the Cuisle Centre will take place on 6 September in Ratheniska.
RTÉ’s Eileen Dunne was on hand to launch the race, along with National Ploughing Association (NPA) managing director Anna May McHugh, at the ploughing championships grounds in Ratheniska last week. The event is an opportunity to celebrate ten years of the Cuisle Centre as a cancer support unit. There will be a 5km run, jog or walk and a 10km run. The event will be chip-timed and will begin at 6.30pm. Registration will take place in the hall in Ratheniska between 4-6pm.
Prizes will be given for first and second in the 5km and 10km and are sponsored by Quinns Farm Feed. All are welcome to attend, from absolute beginners to advanced runners.
Cuisle Centre director Antoinette Brennan explained that the cancer support centre had a long-standing relationship with the National Ploughing Championships. Laois Cancer Research Group held a bucket collection at the championships when it was held in Ballacolla, while the Cuisle Centre had a stand at the championships in Athy and last year in Ratheniska.
Anna May McHugh was delighted to see such an event spin off around the championships.
Ms McHugh wished the event every success. She said that she would take part herself but for the demands of this year’s preparations for the championships.
“It’s great to see it. They are our neighbours. It’s great they are doing it and it’s for such a good cause. With the work the Cuisle do, whatever recognition they get is not enough.”