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On your marks, set, go with Lee Strand and An Riocht

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Lee Strand has teamed up with An Riocht Athletic Club to get everyone in Kerry fit and healthy over the next six weeks.

Get your family together and progress from walking to running a virtual 5k at your own pace during the May Bank Holiday weekend. Irish International athlete Shona Heaslip will be on hand with lots of video tips on warm-ups, stretching, recovery and nutrition. Plus, to help everyone along the way there is an easy to follow ‘6 Week Beginners 5k Training Plan’. The grand finale at the end of the 6 weeks is to complete the Lee Strand and An Riocht Family Fun Virtual 5K Challenge on the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Everyone is welcome to take part, families or individuals of all levels, walkers, joggers or runners. There are lots of fun participation prizes to be won, simply share your photos with Lee Strand on social media with #leestrand5kchallenge. Follow Lee Strand and An Riocht on Facebook and Instagram for weekly updates and further details on registration.

“Lee Strand is delighted to continue our support with An Riocht Athletic Club. As the event is virtual this year it will provide a great opportunity for families and individuals all over Kerry to participate this May Bank Holiday weekend. This year more than ever people need to focus on their health and wellbeing and we are delighted to help everyone work towards an attainable goal. If you ever wanted to run a 5k at your own pace, there is no better time than now to achieve that goal. Lee Strand and An Riocht will be there to support you along the way with an easy to follow six week, 5k beginners training plan with weekly tips on stretching, recovery and nutrition. Remember, you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great,” said Gearoid Linnane, CEO, Lee Strand

To register for the Lee Strand and An Riocht Family Fun Virtual 5K Challenge visit www.myrunresults.com. Entry fee: Individual: €10; Juvenile: €5 and Family of 4: €20. All proceeds from the race entry will be donated towards the development of An Riocht Athletic Club. There is also an option to purchase a souvenir t-shirt and/or medal if desired. Participants will complete the 5K within their own 5km anytime that suits between Saturday, May 1st and Monday May 3rd. Following completion of the 5k, race times will be registered on the www.myrunresults.com results portal.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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