Conor McGregor may have met his match in Las Vegas last night, but there is simply no beating the spirit of hundreds of people in sumo suits runnning for a great cause.
The annual Bray Sumo Run, organised by Sumo Run Ireland and Purple House Cancer Support, took place today and saw hundreds of people slip into inflatable sumo suits to run the length and breadth of the Bray promenade and raise well-needed funds for Purple House’s life-changing charity.
There was excitement and energy in the air as people of all ages and from all backgrounds donned their sumo wrestler suits and warmed up for four laps of the promenade. And with the aid of some motivational speaking from The Happy Pear and Event FM, the great army of sumo runners were ready to get set and go.
Kicking off at 12:00 pm outside the bandstand, the contestants ran, bounced, and wiggled their way to glory, with local Sinn Féin TD John Brady finishing in 1st place. But all of the participants are 1st place winners at the Sumo Run, and judging by the smiles and laughter of everyone who crossed the finishing line, they knew that too.
The day’s proceedings ended with a fantastic performance by The Bray Gospel Choir, who treated participants and supporters to soulful renditions of top hits by The Jackson 5 and Radiohead, to name a few.
If you would like to show your support and help families deeply affected by cancer, visit www.purplehouse.ie for information on how to donate.