Wicklow Hospice Half Marathon & 10km road race is back!

Wicklow Hospice is delighted to host its eighth half marathon and 10km race on Saturday 26th February, starting at Beehive, just off the N11.  

Speaking about the event, Eleanor Flew, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services Director of Fundraising and Communications said, “We’re delighted to bring this race back as it was very well supported by the community for many years and we hope to see old friends and welcome new faces.  We’re hopeful that eased restrictions will encourage people to put on their runners and take to the road to jog/run this looped course. We also have a virtual option for those who can’t make it on the day or would prefer to do this challenge in a way that suits them.

“We encourage all participants to raise a minimum of €100 in sponsorship. The fundraising team can help with sponsorship cards, setting up an online fundraising page and other advice. If you can’t take part perhaps you could sponsor a friend or help us spread the word about this event.  Money raised will fund the outstanding bank loan, on-going enhancements to the Hospice and the purchasing of specialised equipment,” she explained. 

Wicklow Hospice ambassador and Olympian Fionnuala McCormack will be there on the day with words of encouragement for runners.

“I’d encourage starters and serious runners to talk part in this race to support a great cause close to our hearts.  It’s an enjoyable route on quiet roads and I look forward to seeing many of you on the day.

To sign up, see the route and get full details visit myrunresults.com  The entry fee is €20 for the 10km race and €35 for half and entry is open to individuals and club members of all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and are not permitted to enter the half marathon. Thanks to generous support from Coillte there will be prize vouchers for Avondale Sports, Rathdrum for the top three men and women finishers and medals for all participants. 

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services provides specialist care for a catchment of over one million people with a wide range of needs, from residential rehabilitation to end-of-life care, from its bases in Harold’s Cross, Blackrock and Wicklow.  Last year, its 640 staff and 400 volunteers cared for more than 4,629 people.  Staff also made over 10,226 specialist palliative care visits to provide care for people in their homes across south Dublin and Wicklow and 6,731 clinical interventions were delivered by phone or video call.

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