Mayor Brenda’s looking for something special at marathon

MAYOR'S CHARITIES. . . .Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured at the launch of her Chosen Charities for 2014-15 at Something Special, Eglinton on Tuesday afternoon.  At front are Gerry Lynch and Brian Mitchell. Back from left, Carrie Coyle and Caroline Roddy, Circle of Support, Neal Munnis, Derry City Council, Alan Patterson, Denise White, Rosemarie O'Donnell and Ronnie Warke, Something Special. INLS3314MC003
MAYOR'S CHARITIES. . . .Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured at the launch of her Chosen Charities for 2014-15 at Something Special, Eglinton on Tuesday afternoon. At front are Gerry Lynch and Brian Mitchell. Back from left, Carrie Coyle and Caroline Roddy, Circle of Support, Neal Munnis, Derry City Council, Alan Patterson, Denise White, Rosemarie O'Donnell and Ronnie Warke, Something Special. INLS3314MC003

Derry’s Mayor Brenda Stevenson has revealed she will be taking part in this year’s half marathon event as part of a relay team.

The Mayor has signed up for the event and is calling on athletes to support her two chosen charities Something Special, and COS (Circle of Support) for Autism Families.

“I would like to call on everyone taking part to consider taking this opportunity to raise even a few pounds on behalf of these two very worthy causes,” she declared.

“I can’t stress enough the importance of the services these groups provide and the difference they are making to local families on a daily basis.

“And since I’m issuing this call I thought I should take on the relay challenge myself, and prove that people of all ages and abilities can join in.

“Why not team up with a few friends, family members or colleagues, have some fun and support these two great charities - there’s still plenty of training time left!”

Head of Culture, Leisure and Community Services for Derry City Council, Noel Munnis, said: “With just over a month to go until the big day we’re reminding local athletes that after August 22 the registration fee for the event will double.

“There has already been a lot of interest in the race and we’re anticipating a big crowd on the day, so I would encourage anyone who hasn’t already signed up to think about getting their entries in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

“This is an excellent opportunity to support a good cause by picking up a sponsorship form - so why not get together with a few friends and take on the Relay challenge on behalf of a local charity.”

Sponsorship forms for the event will be available from council run leisure centres and from the Derry City Council Offices on the Strand Road.

This year the Waterside Half Marathon leaves the Gransha Grounds on Sunday September 14 at 10.30am and with a whole host of new running groups springing up across the city, numbers are expected to be high.

The competition is open to athletes of all abilities, and entry is limited to 1600 runners so anyone hoping to take part should sign up now to avail of discounted entry.

Full details of the 13.1 mile course are also available online, as well as a week by week training schedule to keep you on course in the lead in to the race.

For those who want to support the event but aren’t quite ready for the Relay, there will still be the 2km Waterside Fun Run for people of all ages.

For more information go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/halfmarathon.