Up to 1,600 athletes are expected to participate in the annual ‘Waterside Half Marathon’ on the September 14th, now its 33rd year.
For many the annual event is a test of fitness and endurance , for others it’s a chance to get out, raise some money and have some fun.
But for the members of local fitness club “Fighting Fit” the motivation for this year’s run comes from a much deeper desire to make a difference , they will be undertaking the challenge in memory of their lost friend and fellow fitness enthusiast Siobhan Hutcheon who tragically lost her life only a few months past.
Siobhan had been a regular participant in the bootcamp sessions run by local fitness club “Fighting Fit”, and was setting off with her three children on a holiday to Kerrykeel when she lost her life on the Derry-Letterkenny road In May.
Sean Heaney is one of the trainers currently working with club members preparing them for the gruelling fitness challenge, and he said club members had been deeply affected by her sudden loss.
“Siobhan was a lovely girl and had been regularly attending our bootcamp sessions, so it was such a complete shock when everyone heard the news – especially as she had just been training here that morning,” he said.
According to ‘Fighting Fit’ owner Seamus Fox: “Everyone will be filling in a sponsorship form and the money raised will go towards Siobhan’s family.”
Everyone involved has been training with local athlete Pius McIntyre and Seamus, who are providing advice on things like nutrition, fitness and hydration,” he explained.
If you would like to find out more about the Fighting Fit for Siobhan campaign, you can contact the Club via the Fighting Fit Facebook page www.facebook.com/Fighting-fit-bootcamp.
Registration forms for the Waterside Half Marathon are available from Council run Leisure Centres, and online.
To find out more about the Waterside Half Marathon and to sign up go to www.derrycity.gov.uk/halfmarathon
There’s still time to sign up.