The fifth Mc Mahon Supervalu Castleblayney Flat 5 K walk/run happens this Sunday the 29th of November and is proudly promoted by the Castleblayney Faughs. Organisers have been working extremely hard over the last few months preparing for the walk/race as the club seek to keep building the event into one of the best events on the North East athletics calendar. This year is no different with double Olympian and current Irish men’s 800 metre record holder David Matthews traveling up to take part this Sunday the 29th of November at 2pm.
David expressed his delight at been available for the run, “I have heard about Operation TransFAUGHSmation a few years ago through a good friend of mine who worked In Castleblayney had have also seen the Video that the GAA Health and Wellness team produced about the 5K which looked very impressive”. David continued “we have seen since the start of the recession the number of people who have turned to Health and Wellness increase significantly and thankfully as we emerge into better times those numbers have continued to rise. Programmes similar to Operation TransFAUGHSmation are helping to improve people’s physical and mental health which is extremely important in the longer term. I am really looking forward to the race on the 29th of November. The race organiser were also thrilled when local Athlete Tony Ward who is an visually impaired athlete confirmed his attendance for the question and answers session directly after the race in the Glencarn Hotel. The Great Santa will also make an appearance to the Glencarn at 4.15pm to say “Season’s Greetings” to everyone
The event which will mark the end of the 12-week training programme called “Operation TRansFAUGHSmation” was put in place as a target for the participants to test their fitness by either walking or running the route.This year’s race will be certified and will be a chipped event , while Safety has been a key priority, with the Committee and the Gardai working closely to develop the stewarding plan and traffic diversions.
The Walk/Run is very much a community effort and will cater for all levels of fitness, fun walkers, walkers, joggers and runners. Registration will take place in the Glencarn Shopping Centre between 11 and 1 o’clock, for those people who have pre registered you will be able to collect your Race numbers and chips at this time. As a result of the huge interest that this event has generated we would ask all contestants to present themselves as early as possible for registration. There will a brief race warm up at 1.45 by Operation TransFAUGSHmations fitness instructor Tom Miller with the gun sounding for the start of the race at 2pm sharp. Presentation of medals will happen directly after the race as you either run or walk across the line. All participants and their families are invited back to the Glencarn Hotel for tea and sandwiches were David Matthews , Gerry Duffy and Tony Ward will speak to the audience.
The local community is very much encouraged to don their runners and join in on the fun or alternatively come out and shout on your family, friends and neighbours as they push to complete the walk/run. Let us show everyone in the North East what the people of Castleblayney can do if we put our minds to it.