Trip to Belfast MarathonCompetitors as seen in the photo with all five in it are Lto R; Justin Penney (team captain), Richie Kelleher, Frances Costello, Eoin Dineen, and Trevor Barnes.
The two lads in the other photo are Eoin and Justin who crossed the line together in four hours ten mins approx!
Again this year a group of five Cork competitors travelled to Belfast to compete in the Belfast Marathon Relay Event, in what is becoming an annual pilgrimage, organised by Co-Operation Ireland, Cork City Council and the HSE Health Action Zone project. The five competitors were from the Gurranabraher Churchfield Health Action Zone project and the Churchfield Community Trust project, based on the Northside of Cork City.
Race day was wet, to say the least, but this did nothing to dampen the spirits of the group. Frances ran the first leg in a personal best of an hour and ten minutes. Second off was Richie, who made a great time also. He handed over to Trevor, who had the hardest leg of over 7 miles but completed it in under 80 minutes. Eoin took up the task next and not only did he run his five miles, but enjoyed it so much that he continued to the finish with Justin, coming in in just over the four hour mark - slashing their time for last year by over an hour!
The whole weekend was a great success with the lads already trying their best to negotiate next year. We would like to acknowledge of the outgoing Director of Community and Enterprise, Mr Jim O'Donovan, an integral part of the partnership that has made this trip possible for the last two years, along with the ongoing support of Co-Operation Ireland, Cork City Marathon and the Health Action Zone Project HSE South.
Photo Lto R: Justin Penney (team captain), Richie Kelleher, Frances Costello, Eoin Dineen, and Trevor Barnes.