Popular Marty’s Run launched this week

Martin Gallagher Snr. pictured with members of Foyle Valley Athletics Club at the launch of the 2014 Marty's 5K. 'The annual walk/run in memory of the late, former Foyle Valley star, Marty Gallagher will take place on Sunday, October 5th.
Martin Gallagher Snr. pictured with members of Foyle Valley Athletics Club at the launch of the 2014 Marty's 5K. 'The annual walk/run in memory of the late, former Foyle Valley star, Marty Gallagher will take place on Sunday, October 5th.
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FOYLE Valley Athletics Club will stage its annual ‘Marty’s Run’ next Sunday, October 5th in memory of the late Marty Gallagher who lost his life tragically in 2009.

And the popular 5k race, which was officially launched this week, is once again expected to attract a large turnout of walkers and runners of all capabilities.

The race will start opposite St Brigid’s College at 11 a.m. and finishes at Templemore Sports Complex.

“The huge numbers who consistently turn out for this event is testament to the many friends that Marty had, not only in running circles but in the Manchester United Football Supporters Club and in his general acquaintances around Derry,” said Foyle Valley club secretary, Denise Doherty.

Marty was a rising star in the local running scene and a much respected and gifted member of Foyle Valley Athletics Club.

In April 2009 he completed the London marathon in 2hrs 46mins. His personal best times of 75 minutes in a half marathon and 16 minutes in a 5K were sensational.

“Marty made a big impression on anyone who got to know him,” she added. “And we are very appreciative for the support from the Gallagher family, Templemore Sports Complex and the event’s main sponsors, Paul Butchers.”

Registration will take place at Templemore Sports Complex on Saturday, October 4th between 12 noon and 4 p.m. and then again on Sunday, October 5th ahead of the race at 9 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

As large numbers are expected the organisers would like as many people as possible to register on the Saturday to avoid any delays on Sunday morning.

Competitors should allow approximately 15 minutes to walk/jog from Templemore Sports Complex to the start at St Brigid’s College.

The race fee is £10 and entrants will receive a commemorative, quality, technical t-shirt. Refreshments will be available at the finish.

There will be prizes for the popular running categories and a perpetual trophy for the first male and female runners. The presentations will take place immediately afterwards in Templemore Sports Complex.

For more information and to keep up-to-date with race details please ‘like’ the Foyle Valley Athletics Club page on Facebook.