Run in the Dark in aid of Mark Pollock Trust takes place in Limerick

A total of 56 people put on their runners and faced the bad weather to take part in the annual Run in the Dark for the Mark Pollock Trust on Thursday night.

The runners, who started the race from Kilmurry Village at the University of Limerick, were part of an international event that included 25,000 people in 50 different countries worldwide.

It was Limerick’s fourth year to host the event. This year the race was in support of the Mark Pollock Trust which works to find a cure for paralysis.

Event organiser, Sarah O’Donovan, said, “Year on year, since, the event has grown and this year 25,000 people ran to support the [Mark Pollock] Trust mission to fast track a cure for paralysis.”

“The trust now employs a full-time research scientist at Trinity College Dublin to work as part of a collaboration with UCLA to fast-track a cure,” she said.

The run occurred at 8pm worldwide, including Australia, South Africa, France, America and Canada and offered the choice of a five or 10 kilometre route.

Patrick O’Meara, 26, from Caherelly and Aine Spellacy, 34, from Sixmilebridge were participating as a group from Ernst and Young who raised €300 for the run.

It was the first year Mr O’Meara participated in the Run In The Dark event.

“I wanted to raise awareness for it, and we took it up as part of an office challenge this year,” he said.

Ms Spellacy decided to walk the five km route saying, “I don’t do any training at all so I was just joining in, in the team even for the office.”

“I always wanted to do something like this, but I always missed the date,” said runner Rachel McCourt, 21, from Cork.

The runners who signed up received a bandana and a red flashing armband to take with them on their run.

“I feel like a Christmas tree,” said runner Grainne Pyke, 22, from Kildare.

The five km run was won by Killian Costello who held a time of 20 minutes and 45 seconds.

The womens’ five km run was won by Eileen Houlihan at a time of 31 minutes and five seconds.

There was no documented time for the winner of the 10 km run.

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