28th September 2017 – Over 400 people turned out for the Break for the Border – Carlow to Wicklow 10km & 5km in aid of our school raising over €6,700. Participants of all ages ran, walked, jogged from Hacketstown towards Tinahely breaking the Carlow Wicklow border.
The event was well attended by running clubs from across Carlow and Wicklow, with Carlow coming out on top as winners. Paddy Doyle from Adrenaline Running Club won the men’s 10km, Brid Long from St Laurence O’Tooles won the women’s 10km, Anthony Byrne from Hacketstown won the men’s 5km and Maria Dunne from Adrenaline Running Club won the women’s 5km.
The morning of the race was a hive of activity as music blared the streets welcoming everyone to the event. Upon completion of the race, participants were treated to a feast of home baked goods and a hot cup of tea before heading home. The atmosphere and the weather was great providing a nice opportunity for everyone to hang around and enjoy their achievement. Over 50 volunteers from Hacketstown helped on the day and they were amazing, over 40 local businesses sponsored the event, including O’Reilly’s Londis who provided the much need refreshments.
St Joseph’s NS Principal, Doireann Hester comments, “The wonderful spirit and care that members of the wider community have for the children of Hacketstown was hugely evident over the past number of weeks in the organisation of this event. Every sponsor contributed to this and is part of the education of the next generation of young people. The funds raised by this event will contribute to the upkeep of the school over the coming year and will hopefully enrich the experience of the children who are students here. We were delighted with the huge turn out. The day was a great success and was enjoyed by all.”
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