Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has helped to make an annual Mayo fundraiser a global event.

Killala GAA Club has confirmed that it will virtually host the Ronan Clarke Runathon for the second time from Saturday, July 24 to Sunday, July 25 next.

The event originated as the Ronan Clarke 5K/10K Run and Walk following the untimely death of the much-loved club member and former presenter of the Ear to the Ground TV programme Ronan Clarke in 2014.

It has been held, in association with the Clarke family, every year since but had to be modified in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated social distancing requirements.

This resulted in the launch of the Ronan Clarke Runathon which saw players – past and present, at home and abroad – along with club members and members of the Clarke family committing to run or walk for an allotted 30 minute slot over a 24 hour period.

The modified event was hugely successful and resulted in over €21,000 being raised for Mayo Roscommon Hospice in 2020.

The same format will apply this weekend with participants undertaking the challenge in different international locations ranging from Killala to Galway, Dublin, Sydney, New York and Kuala Lumpur.

The first participant will start at 11am on Saturday, July 24 and the virtual baton will be passed through all 48 participants every 30 minutes until the 24 hour runathon is complete at 11am on Sunday July 25.

You can support the participants and remember the late Ronan Clarke by making a donation via the event’s GoFundMe link below:

Good luck to all involved!

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