ATHLETICS: New 5k event will remember sporting heroes

Pictured with the Mayor of Derry and Strabane Colr Elisha McCallion at the launch of the inaugural 5km Memorial Classic run is organiser Joe McCarthy (standing second from left) and supporting athletes from Derry and Inishowen. The event will be run in memory of everyone formerly involved in athletics and this years run on 17th September will be in memory of Ryan Snodgrass, Packy Deehan, Paddy ODonnell and Mark Farren.  DER2116GS005
Pictured with the Mayor of Derry and Strabane Colr Elisha McCallion at the launch of the inaugural 5km Memorial Classic run is organiser Joe McCarthy (standing second from left) and supporting athletes from Derry and Inishowen. The event will be run in memory of everyone formerly involved in athletics and this years run on 17th September will be in memory of Ryan Snodgrass, Packy Deehan, Paddy ODonnell and Mark Farren. DER2116GS005

The Mayor of Derry & Strabane, Colr. Elisha McCallion, this week launched the prestigious 5km Memorial Classic Road Race and Walk at the Guildhall in Derry.

Runners from all city clubs and athletes from a range of sports came together to help launch the race/walk event which will be held on Saturday, September 17th at Templemore Sports Complex to remember all deceased athletes, coaches, footballers and indeed anyone involved in sport of any kind.

The organisers have received the support of athletes and local clubs in their bid to provide a fitting tribute to individuals who have given so much to sport during their lives. This year’s race will pay particular tribute to Ryan Snodgrass (Foyle Valley AC), Packy Deehan (Foyle Valley AC), Paddy O’Donnell (founder of Olympian AC) and Mark Farren (Derry City F.C.).

All early entrants will receive a quality technical t-shirt with all competitors receiving a goody bag and excellent post race refreshments. There will also be an array of spot prizes and all category winners, both first and second places, will receive a prize from junior right up to V70. Contact details are on the Athletics N.I. website.