A WOMAN who is organising a charity run in memory of her father who died of bowel cancer is calling on people in Louth, Monaghan and Meath to support the event by running with her or by making a donation.
Regina O’Reilly is planning to run from Nottingham in the UK to her hometown Castleblayney, Co Monaghan in a bid to raise e5,000 for 3Ts - Turn The Tide of Suicide and £5,000 for Bowel Cancer UK.
The 37 year old is running 16 miles from Capital FM Arena in Nottingham City to East Midlands airport on June 26 and will fly to Dublin that evening.
The following day she will run from Dublin airport to Slane and from there she will run to Ardee running 22-23 miles each day. The final leg of the run from Ardee to Castleblayney will take place on June 29.
“I will leave Dublin airport, Slane and Ardee around 10am every morning aiming for the next destination by 2pm to 3pm each day,” she said.
“I really hope people will show their support throughout the day as we will have charity collectors in the towns. It’ll be nice to see a warm welcome as we run through each town.”
“I am inviting people from Co Meath, Louth and Monaghan and the surrounding counties to join me; whether they’re a beginner or advance runner, it’s all the same in this challenge.
“At the moment there are 70 runners joining me, 20 in the UK and 50 in Ireland. Most of the people are running on the last day with me.”
Runners will need to register with Regina before the event to obtain a running top and a sponsorship form. All runners will receive a finisher’s medal.
Regina, who carried the Olympic torch last year in Nottingham, has raised approximately £22,000 for UK and Irish charities.
For more details check out www.runregrun.co.uk or follow Regina on Facebook under Run Reg Run. Donations can be made online via www.mycharity.ie/event/runregrunfor3ts or by supporting collectors on the day in Slane, Ardee and Castleblayney. Regina is also hoping someone will donate some free petrol for two safety cars.
1Life is a 24 hour Freephone Suicide Prevention and Intervention Helpline whihch provides counselling services. Their 24 hour Freephone number is 1800-24-7-100 or text “HELP” to 51444.