Stephens Day 5k at Finn Valley

A run/walk ,a community social occassion and as such has attracted as many as 800 to come out after the christmas festivities for a  breath of fresh air and take the opportunity to meet up . Yes its a race at one level Olympic champions Mo Farah and Vivian Cheryuiot , Mary Cullen have participated  but its a peoples event and therein lies the success and longevity of this . Despite the odd weather challenge over the years the show went ahead as they say . The event originally held within the confines of Drumboe Forest began with 20 plus competitors but with the change in attitude and more awareness in recent times numbers at best approach 1000 and its open for all ages 8 to 80 yrs .

Each year Finn Valley have been privileged to have a prestige personality to fire the start gun and set them on their way at 12 noon  . Jason Quigley ,Philip Deignan ,Frank Mc Glynn ,Sinead Jennings ,Catriona Jennings Larissa Muldoon from the world of sport and there was local lady Cora Harvey while Mayor of Donegal a competitor on this occassion ,Pat the Cope and local personality Mickey the Post to name but a few . On this occassion a local family attached to the club will set all on their way in keeping with the family festive nature of Christmas . A contribution from race funds will be given to a local charitable cause .

Its Stephens Day 12 noon  and while entry is open until 11-30 on the day organisers would invite as many as possible to pre enter by calling in to the Finn Valley Centre in the coming days   .There has always been a wide range of prizes so 2019 will be no different and hang around for a cuppa and a chat after . 


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