Kilrea senior footballers and camogs have put the finishing touches to Saturday's 24 hour relay, in aid of NI Chest Heart and Stroke.
Both senior panels are aiming to run 1,000km within 24 hours, starting at 6.00am on Saturday, May 16 and run through the night.
The idea began from a chat between senior players Karen Kielt and Brian Óg McAlary, who were clocking up the miles to keep the fitness ticking over during the sporting lockdown.
“We just thought that everyone is running, so we might as well raise a bit of money while we continue to run, we decided to come together to begin the challenge,” Karen points out.
The club posted a video of former members from overseas, who are getting behind the run. Dermot Morrow will taking part in Australia, Lee Kennedy in Canada, Rory McEldowney in New York and Jenni Ross-Boyle was promoting it from outside Buckingham Palace.
All runners will be following routes as close to their homes as possible to follow the social distancing guidelines. The times and distances are logged and passed back to Karen and Brian Óg for totting up the progress.
“Yeah, everyone is involved now, but it is only the senior teams who are running through the night, we want to keep it as safe as possible. Everyone else will be running from 8.00am and finishing up around 7.00pm,” Karen continues.
At the time of publication, the club had raised £5,020.
“We have been doing very well. At the start, we have set the target of two grand and we've more than doubled that with a week to go.”
Looking ahead to this weekend, the club is appealing to as many as possible to get involved.
“It's a case of the more the merrier between the hours of 8am to 7pm, you don't have to be from Kilrea – if you want to run on behalf of someone who died from any chest, heart and stroke related issues. If you don't want to run, you can walk or jog,” Karen concluded.
All the proceeds are going towards the NI Chest, Heart and Stroke, a cause in the club's thoughts.
Last June, they lost U16 manager Brian Calvert to a sudden heart attack and also prominent clubman Tommy Donaghy recently passed away.
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