Run, buddy run: Full marks as touch of class is lifesaver

By Jimmy Rhatigan

IT WAS a camaraderie class for parents and children.

It also promoted running, exercise and healthy living amongst young and young at heart.

And perhaps peripherally, but yet very importantly, it was a fundraiser to purchase life-saving equipment.

The Kilkenny School Project 5th Annual Fun was a trinity of beauty, a memorable occasion and a good reason to breathe the fresh air of the great outdoors.

The event at Kilkenny Castle Park on Sunday attracted 370 runners, men, women, children, grans, granddads and a collection of dogs, family mutts, all quite happy to support a Kilkenny Cats’ School at Springfields, Waterford Road.

Two long loops and one short loop of the Castle Park, a 2k and a 5k and Bob was your uncle Tommy as a tidy sum was raised for the purchase of a defibrillator.

The latter is a possible life-saver for anyone unfortunate to experience a heart attack.

Plan is to house the machine in the reception area of the school so that it will be available at all times during classes and other activities.

As has been the norm at other venues where defibs have been introduced around our city in recent times, the notion is that adults, children too will be trained to save lives.

The latter most certainly overshadows all other reasons to go for a run as children, twenty and thirty somethings and the rest look out for each other.

There was an unanimous thumbs up for the organizing committee of Sara Phelan, Sonya Lanigan and Lourda Griffin.

It would be fair to say that they did their homework well and the result was an enjoyable gathering for the Kilkenny School Project Family.