Rock ‘n’ Roll run for the streets of Limavady

Katherine Woods, Spingwell running club, Marian Baxter NZ triathlon team Ruari Conway band organiser pictured at the launch of Ireland's first ever Rock N Roll 5K. Included, is Peter Jack. DER3613SL401 Photo: Stephen Latimer
Katherine Woods, Spingwell running club, Marian Baxter NZ triathlon team Ruari Conway band organiser pictured at the launch of Ireland's first ever Rock N Roll 5K. Included, is Peter Jack. DER3613SL401 Photo: Stephen Latimer

Ireland’s first ever Rock N Roll 5k in Limavady will be held later this month.

Hot on the heels of landing a fitness world record, when the town pushed its way into the World Guinness Book of Records for the most push ups by the most people in the one place in one minute, the Limavady 400 project is bringing the first ever Rock ‘N’ Roll 5k race to the island of Ireland on Saturday, 21 September.

The September run will take competitors around the centre of Limavady with local bands, disc jockeys and buskers on hand for extra motivation.

Registration will take place at the start and finish area, Drumceatt Square - outside the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre - from 11am and the race begins at 12noon. You can enter on the day.

Live music will include some of the best unplugged acoustic artists in the country, says race organiser Peter Jack.

“Ireland - north or south - has never had a Rock N Rock 5k,” says Mr. Jack, a keen runner.

“But all that is about to change in the heart of Limavady, when 100s of runners take to the streets to complete a course lined with bands, buskers and DJs… providing the ideal blend of passion for music and sport.

“We went for 5k as the preferred distance, as it caters for the elite athlete right down to first timers and walkers.”

The race will take in four laps of Main Street, Connell Street, Irish Green Street, Catherine Street and back to Main Street.

Some of the music acts already confirmed for the race day includes well known names such as Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas, Furlo, Ruairi and the Owls, Rozza and Exit Pursued by a Bear.

The cost is £6, £3 for under 18s and £15 per family.

There will be a free gift for each participant and all proceeds from the race go to Rotary International.

For more information, contact race organiser Peter Jack on Tel: 02877722617 or 07795288589.