More than 100 runners and walkers took advantage of the sunny weekend weather to test their personal bests and support the Mayor of Limavady in his bid to raise funds for charity.
Instead of holding a charity ball, as many past mayors have chosen, Sinn Fein councillor and keen runner Sean McGlinchey settled on a beach run and walk at Benone on Saturday.
“It was a brilliant day,” Mayor McGlinchey told the ‘Journal’, “and I’d say we raised well in excess of £2,000. You take a gamble sometimes with events like this, but the weather really made it.”
The day included a 10k run although, according to the Mayor, runners may have clocked an extra couple of kilometres thanks to a prank involving the moving of cones marking the course.
“It was a great family fun day and it was a real cross community event. We even ran out of burgers at one point! I had a lot of people say to me afterwards, at the barbecue, they really enjoyed it and it was a good thing.”
The Mayor had special praise to everyone who helped organise the day, including Limavady Council staff and Limavady ironman, local solicitor Peter Jack who acted as MC for the day.
He said: “£2,000 has been raised and that isn’t even the final amount, so I’m absolutely delighted with the support the event received. Special thanks has to go to all those who competed in the run/walk, to the Limavady Borough Council staff who gave up their free time to assist at the event, to McAtamney’s Butchers for supplying the burgers, to O’Kane’s Centra, Dungiven for supplying the minerals and water and to Peter Jack for his time and effort on the day.”
Special appearances were also made by Dungiven boxing champion, Paul ‘Dudey’ McCloskey and the Dungiven bobsleigh team.
The Mayor revealed one of his charities will be the Roe Valley Special Olympics Club.
“I’ve met with the Club several times, and joined them in training sessions, and they are amazing people. When you see the joy their members get when they win a medal at an event, it does you the power of good. They are inspirational,” added the Mayor.
Runners who completed the 10k run clocked times of around 40 minutes, with Mayor McGlinchey finishing the run in around 45 minutes.