Thursday, July 09, 2020

Ballyheane Community Council in conjunction with Mayo Mental Health Association and supported by Ballyheane AFC launching their very first 10K walk/run to take place on August 3. Pictured are Cllr Donna Sheridan, Alan Dillon TD, Cllr Blackie Gavin, Mayo football star Aidan O’Shea and Leanne McManamon from Mayo Mental Health Association. Picture: Alison Laredo

Ballyheane Community Council in conjunction with Mayo Mental Health Association and supported by Ballyheane AFC have launched their very first 10k walk and run.

The council felt that facilities within the village were limited for outdoor exercise, especially during the Covid 19 pandemic lockdown that hit our country this year. Both mental and physical health is of huge importance – but the community’s safety is paramount.

The 10k will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 3 and starts at the grounds of Ballyheane Community Centre before proceeding through townlands surrounding Ballyheane village. The loop terrain will start from flat to minor hills that offer a quiet and tranquil route to be enjoyed by all physical abilities.

Mayo football star Aidan O’Shea was among those to attend the launch where he was joined by former teammate Alan Dillon TD, by Cllrs Donna Sheridan and Blackie Gavin, and by Leanne McManamon from Mayo Mental Health Association, this year’s charity partner. Mayo Mental Health Association, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, provides a vital service to all our communities such as their Information Centre, 2 New Antrim Street Castlebar, social housing for people experiencing mental health difficulties, an extensive Schools Education Programmes and health promotion activities throughout Mayo.

Niall Dunne, manager of Mayo Mental Health Association said: “We were delighted to be asked by Ballyheane Community Council to be the charity partner for this wonderful community event. It will be a great way of creating supportive environments and strengthening community action to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Physical activity and community engagement are some of the ways of improving our mental health and gaining new support mechanisms within our community. We will be delighted to support this initiative.”

As it is the first 10k activity since the lifting of restrictions, there will be limited spaces due to government guidelines. All protocols surrounding Covid 19 will be adhered to.

Tickets and further information can be sought through www.eventbrite.ie where you can book your places. You can do this very simply by going to Eventbrite, searching for Ballyheane 10k, choose your selected ticket(s), entering your details and you will receive email confirmation. Either your electronic ticket or your printed hard copy will be required on the day.

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