The sixth Mc Mahon Supervalu Castleblayney Flat 5 K walk/run happens this Sunday the 27th 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 Gary O Hanlon who is known nationally as a prolific runner who has claimed numerous titles over recent years for many distances, ranging from 5km right up to the Ultra distance of 50k where he is the national record holder and represented Ireland at the World championships in Doha traveling up to take part this Sunday the 27th of November at 2pm.
Gary expressed his delight at been available for the run, “I know Stephen Dignam the Club Chairperson for some time and have through him heard of the great success that Operation TransFAUGHSmation has been over the last few years had have also seen the Video that the GAA Health and Wellness team produced about the 5K which looked very impressive”. Gary continued “fitness and running really seemed to have taken off over the last few years in Castleblayney, no matter where I go around the country to races I will always meet somebody from the area”
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. This year there will be an additional race at 1pm which is aimed at children under 14 who will compete over a shorter 2K distance.
As normal there is a huge amount of interest in this event and the race committee have asked that all contestants would present themselves as early as possible for registration. There will a brief race warm up at 12.45 for the Under 14 and 1.45 for the Senior Race 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 Gary O Hanlon 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.
Finally, Registration forms are available from Mc Mahons Supervalu or online at www.castleblayneyfaughs.com or www.Runireland.com .
Gary O’Hanlon special guest at McMahon SuperValu Castleblayney 5KM
Continuing with the tradition of a special guest speaker at the results presentation, the organisers of the Castleblayney 5km are delighted to announce that this year’s guest speaker will be top Irish athlete and Coach Gary O’Hanlon. Gary is known nationally as a prolific runner who has claimed numerous titles over recent years for many distances, ranging from 5km right up to the Ultra distance of 50k where he is the national record holder and represented Ireland at the World championships in Doha. Gary also completed the London Marathon in 2016 in a time of 2.21, just outside the Olympic qualifying time for the marathon, not bad at the age of 42. As well as an athlete himself, Gary is a coach to many others where he guides them in individual plans in which to reach their goals and he holds regular group coaching sessions including in the Phoenix Park and for Dunboyne AC. His achievements are all the more remarkable considering that as a very promising 17 year old he was involved in a near fatal road traffic accident, that restricted his development as an athlete for many years. As well as coaching runners, Gary was also recently part of the Maghery GFC coaching team that lead the side to their first ever Armagh Senior football championship. One of his top students is his father, Stephen, who took up running at the age of 69 and now aged 72 competes in regular races and has completed his 3rd Dublin City Marathon.
Gary will be in the Glencarn Hotel and present for the 5km race which takes place on Sunday 27th November at 2pm. Registration available online from the runireland.com website or via the link on the clubs Facebook page and website. Pre-reg is only €10 to cover the entry fee for the fast 5km course which is chip timed with all runners getting a very special finishers medal with category prizes up for grabs. This year also see’s a 2km kids race for U14 with a 1pm start and only costs €5, entry on the day in the Glencarn Shopping centre. Hope to see you all there.