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Run & Walk for Solas Cancer Support Centre

With only a few days to go to October 9 and the start of the 2016 South East Solas Cancer Support Centre Run & Walk for Life, the registration will be taking place in the Solas Centre on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, October 6, 10am-7pm
  • Friday, October 7, 10am-7pm
  • Saturday, October 8, 10am-5pm

To ensure that you do not miss out simply come along to the Solas Cancer Support Centre and any of the mention days and register to take part in the 10-mile run or 5-mile walk. The organisers are asking that if you wish to walk then you should consider the 5-mile route only.

The 2016 Walk for Life will see the introduction of two “pacemakers” leading the 5-mile walk, at a reasonable pace, to make sure that only walkers complete the shorter of the two routes. In addition there will, for the first time, be a cut-off time for the 10-mile running route, at the Williamstown Roundabout. The implementation of this safety feature will allow those finding the run too arduous to complete an abbreviated route in a reasonable time. Full details of the run and walk “terms and conditions” will be issued at the point of registration.

Both routes will once again have a staggered start, on The Quay, at 12.30pm sharp and finishing in the People’s Park, with the Fun for Life. The organisers would once again ask that all runners and walkers be in place at least 15 minutes before the official start time. Runners are asked to come to the start line area nice and early to ensure that they are at the head of the race. The routes and water stops will be manned by volunteers and participants must obey the advice and instructions of all Garda, stewards, marshals and event organisers at all times.

As the routes do cross several roads and a number of busy junctions, the rules of the road must be obeyed at all times, and participants must keep left whenever possible. Full details of both routes are available on the Solas Cancer Support Centre website. You can also contact the Solas Cancer Support Centre directly, by telephone on 051 304604 for further details on how to register.

Biggest year yet

Commenting on the build-up Michael Garland, Chair of Run and Walk for Life, commented, “There has been a tremendous effort this year on behalf of the organisation committee and, fingers and toes crossed, we will see growing numbers of participants when compared to the 2015 event. The shorter 5-mile walk has attracted a whole new cohort of participants and the 10-mile will remain as competitive as previous years.

There is still time to register by going online or by contacting the Solas Cancer Support Centre directly by phone or searching Facebook – Solas Centre South East Run for Life – and follow the instructions. We hope to see as many people as possible taking part and we look forward to Sunday, October 9 when we will once again see Waterford’s roads and streets awash with bright orange t-shirts.”

Commenting on the overall organisation of the 2016 event is Dr Brian Creedon, Chair of the Solas Cancer Support Centre, “There can be absolutely no doubt that the 2016 Committee have brought the event to the next level. The foundations that they have built upon in 2015 will allow the event longevity and I know that we can now reach much broader participation levels having introduced the 5-mile walk last year.

“On Sunday, we will see runners, walkers, families, friends and clients of the Solas Cancer Support Centre taking part. The shorter route will guarantee that many, many more people – young and old – will now become increasingly aware of the Solas Cancer Support Centre and the services we provide right across the whole of the South East.

“All entrants are asked to observe the instructions of the Garda, stewards and marshals, on the day, and be alert to other participants around them. Particular attention must be given to safety at the start and in other busy areas of the city, such as the Dunmore Road. There will be sufficient signage around both routes. Runners and walkers are asked to comply with signage, directions and instructions. I am looking forward to being on the start line on Sunday and seeing hundreds of smiling faces starting their run or walk. I will also be on the finish line to welcome everyone home.”

The 2016 Run and Walk for Life Committee would like to thank all the sponsors and contributors and ask the runners, joggers and walkers to stay safe and enjoy the day.

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