Rain couldn’t dampen the South East Run for Life spirits!

 A wonderful day was had by all at the 7th South East Run for Life.  Waterford City was awash with a sea of orange when almost 900 runners, joggers and walkers took to the streets to complete the 10 mile course finishing in the People’s Park.

This year was no exception as so many amazing supporters took up the Run for Life challenge in support of the Solas Centre and people affected by cancer throughout the South East.  Participants ranged in age from 12 to 76 making this a truly family friendly event.  Although the number of entrants was down on previous years, the atmosphere on the day was electric with supporters lining the route to cheer on the participants and hand out water and oranges.

Despite the unsettled weather, families and friends of the runners came along to join in the fun and activities in the People’s Park at the Fun for Life following the run.

 As part of the Fun for Life, children in 5th and 6th class primary schools in Waterford and Wexford participated in a “Design our T-shirt competition”. With over 400 entries, Sean and Miranda Corcoran of the Art Hand Bonmahon had the very difficult task of choosing the winners.  The winner, not only had their entry printed on all the t-shirts worn by volunteers on the day but also won plenty of goodies from Sporthouse.

In first place was Sophie Quinn from Newtown Junior school. Caoilfhinn Harte from Gaelscoil Phortlairge was second and third place went to Eoghan Lawlor, also from Gaelscoil Phortlairge.

Clair Moriarty, Chair of the Run for Life committee thanked the participants, sponsors and volunteers. “The Run for Life and Fun for Life would not have been a success without the support of the huge team of volunteers who ensured it went without a hitch, the generosity of our sponsors Datapac and our media partners Beat 102 103 and of course, every single person who took part in the Run for Life.  Every cent raised will go towards ensuring that the Solas Centre can continue to provide its support services to those affected by cancer, their families and their careers”.

If you want to find out more about the services of the Solas Centre visit www.solascentre.ie or on 051 304604.