THE Dunleer Goal Mile returned on Christmas morning after last year’s cancellation due to the arctic weather. Over 150 volunteers took part at the Dunleer venue. The Goal Mile was the brainchild of the late Noel Carroll from Annagassan and established in 1982.
Noel was one of Ireland’s greatest ever athletes.
In the 1960s he was a European title holder and ran the mile in the Mexico Olympics of 1968.
He came up with the idea to encourage people to run a mile on Christmas morning. The first venue was at the UCD athletics track and it now takes place at venues throughout the country. There was plenty of festive cheer in Dunleer on Christmas morning with many people dressing up for the occasion on what was a perfect morning weatherwise. A total of €1,807 euro was raised for the Goal charity, which works in the developing world.The Dunleer Goal Mile organiser David Carrie said he was delighted with the turnout.
“Once again we have had great support from the people of Dunleer,” said David. “It was a real community occasion with families and people of all ages joining in the fun.”