YOU couldn’t buy the feelgood factor in Oak Park recently as a hugely-successful run in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) took place. The Charlie Curran Memorial 5km and 10km runs took place recently at Oak Park.
As many as 450 walkers, joggers and runners of all ages took part and it raised a fantastic €4,000 for the IHF.
Charlie Curran Snr died from a sudden heart attack ten years ago. He was originally from Bagenalstown but settled and reared three children with his wife Margaret at Dereen Heights in Carlow town. The run was organised by his son, Charlie Jnr, in conjunction with Pop-Up Races. A keen runner himself, Charlie Jnr was delighted with how the race day turned out.
“It was a fantastic day. The feedback was phenomenal, absolutely fantastic. The charity was on to me that night and want me to keep it going and make it an annual event,” he told The Nationalist.
Carlow Rugby Club provided its facilities for the run, while the event also received great support from local businesses, with the likes of Lidl, SuperValu and Tesco donating water. One Myshall shopkeeper, who used to play Gaelic football against Charlie Snr, brought a crate of water. St Laurence O’Toole Athletic Club members assisted in marshalling the race, while the likes of Trish and Linda of Inches Away volunteered at the refreshments stand.
Carlow cross-country champion Brian Kirwan also rowed in behind the event, ferrying water to runners at the stops.
The work of the gardaí and the Order of Malta also ensured that the run went smoothly. Charlie Jnr expressed a sincere thanks to all who contributed to the event’s success.
“It was great to get those people behind you. If it helps somebody in any way and gets the message out about the charity’s work, that’s the main thing. No-one knows when we will need that help in our lives,” said Charlie Jnr.
There were some remarkable stories that emerged on the day. One woman who took part had suffered a major heart condition and had been gravely ill as a baby. The memorial run was her first 5km event. “You can’t buy that sort of feelgood factor,” said Charlie Jnr.
Refreshments such as bottled water, left over from the event, were donated to the local St Vincent de Paul.