Hundreds come out to take part in the fun filled Creggan Canter!

Ready, set, go! Participants get racing at the start of the Creggan Canter.
Ready, set, go! Participants get racing at the start of the Creggan Canter.

The crowds who turned out for last week’s inaugural Creggan Canter were the biggest evidence that this is set to become one of Derry’s best organised and most successful community events.

Organised by the Old Library Trust Healthy Living Centre to raise money for the non profit ‘Bolt Running Club’ the races, a 5k for adults and a 1k for children, saw locals come out in force to support the community effort.

There was no shortage of participants and no shortage of fun for everyone who took part on April 16, in an event which proved to be the perfect start for many to the Easter holidays.

In total, 170 children took part in the fun run while 383 adults competed in the 5k race.

The overall top finishers in the 5k Race were Chris McGuinness, Male Open (Foyle Valley) and Emma Jo Mc Connlogue Female Open (NWTC),

The top male winners were Mark Mullan (SPARTA), Mark Mullan (BOLT) and Joe McCarthy (U/A). The top female winners were Andrea Wilson (BOLT), Paula McGilloway, (SPARTA) and Cecil Holmes (Eglinton Road Runners). Patrick McNicholl was the fastest walker.

In the children’s race the girls’ category was won by Jessica Starrs and Bobby Doherty won the boys’ category.

The great ‘Bolt Bake Off’ was won by Lorraine Carlin who made a healthy version of a cheesecake.

Ciaran Doherty from the Old Library Trust said the successful Creggan Canter was only made possible thanks to the support of many people from the local community.

He said: “The event was made possible through generous support of the following sponsors: Gamble Engineering,

Powerlink, The Old Library Trust, Healthy Living Centre , Fresh Food Kitchen, The Scullery Café Creggan, Picaboo Photography, Quinspares, North west Karate Association, Visions Beauty Clinic, The Leprechaun Bakery & Coffee

Shop, Strike Martial Arts Academy and Lynch Builders. And a special metion to Costscutters rath mor for supplying the fruit and water. We would also like to thank all the help we received from all our volunteers, Iona Security for helping with the stewarding of the race, St John Ambulance for helping out with the first aid and the Derry City Council for having the streets in pristine racing conditions.”

Don’t miss Friday’s Journal for full pictorial coverage of the Creggan Canter.