Fancy Dress Run for Asylum Seekers – Sept 2015

A generous thought turned into a very successful event at Glenstal Abbey School before the first term of the year came to an end. The genesis of the Walk / Run idea began with Eoin O’Loghlen (6th Year) and Brother Denis Hooper as they wanted to generate funds to provide some much needed respite and refreshments for the asylum seekers in the Limerick centre. And so it was, as last Thursday, the staff and students exited onto the avenue with excitement after the school day was done. It was a great start to what will hopefully continue to be an active year in Glenstal as there was over 130 participants in the event.

 On the running side of things, the ring measures approximately 5.3 km and was won by Patrick Hayes (5th Year). Tagged as the favourite to win, Patrick held his composure and ran an impressive time of 18:12. A new athletic talent announced his arrival to Glenstal Abbey School in the form of Ted Collins (1st Year) who ran the distance in 21:31. John Walsh and Daniel Yon Hin were the closest 1st years to Ted in times of 24:57 and 25:41 respectively. In 2nd year, Tim Murphy of Adare was the winner in a time of 23:18 while Emilien de Stabenrath, one of our exchange students, and Art Keane rounded out the top three.

 The 3rd year and 4th year groups proved to be the most competitive at the top end. No more than 2 minutes separated the 3rd years and no more than a minute saw the top three 4th years cross the line. In 3rd year, Maurio Gomez de Olea was followed in by Tiernan Ryan and Emmet Aylward respectively. In 4th year, Rory Moloney was able to outrun Éanna O’Donnacha and Reece Sweeney-McGrath to claim the number one spot for that year. Patrick Gerathy, Henry Downing and Charlie Murphy were the top three 5th years while Ronan McDermott and Henry Tennyson completed the 6th year top three with the aforementioned Patrick Hayes at the top of the pile. A notable mention for Edmond Aylward (5th year), to whom the challenge of running 5.3 km wasn’t quite enough, so he decided to carry a packed rucksack with him!

 In other affairs, there was also some bragging rights to be won among the staff participants. Mr. Brendan O’Keeffe had his target set on reeling in the dominant Patrick Hayes but the Rathmore midfielder would have settle for 2nd place running a superb time of 20:35. That run meant he had some time to spare over Mr.Thomas Franklin, Mr. Des Fry and Mr. Kevin Duffy. A special word of mention to Mr. Des Fry who took the road at lunch time as he couldn’t make the event after school.

 The walk to the back gate is approximately 1.5 miles in length and was undertaken by a number of staff and students. They were able to keep a close eye on the race proceedings, supporting them while also getting their own exercise completed. This is becoming a routine walk for many as last year a number of walks to the back gate were completed for various causes and it’s proving a great way for everyone to exercise together. A huge thanks must be extended to all of those who helped out with the event; organising, advertising, collecting, donating, participating, stewarding, timing etc. It really was a whole school effort. The total amount collected was approaching €500 on the last count but there will be an official tally after the long weekend. We sincerely hope that these funds can provide aid to those in desperate need.

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