Inaugural Doggy Dash an Outstanding Success
The sun was out last Sunday for the first ever MADRA 5k Doggy Dash. Runners, joggers, walkers and dogs all turned out to support the charity at Cappagh Park in an event that brought in over €3,500.
Race organiser Katie-May North commented; “We’re so happy with how the day went on Sunday, we were absolutely blessed with the weather which brought in lots of on-the-day entries and encouraged people to stay around for a while after the race to have a coffee and a chat.”
At the prize-giving ceremony race sponsors Siobhan & Paul Lawless from The Foods of Athenry awarded prizes to the fastest runners in their age categories. The overall fastest male on the day was Brendan Larkin who completed the 5k in a speedy 21:23, the fastest female was Karen Lane who was finished in a time of 23:40. A prize was also given to Liz Ward who raised over €300 in sponsorship for MADRA.
Ms North comments “We had so much fantastic support from our fundraisers who between them raised a brilliant €1382.50 through sponsorship alone. We’re so grateful to everyone who came along; our runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors, the kind people from the Red Cross, Supermac’s for providing bottled water for all our runners and to everyone else who was involved in making the day such a success.”
The race is set to take place again in 2017 where it is expected to be even bigger and better with a kids and dogs race on the cards. You can keep an eye out for other upcoming MADRA events on the website www.madra.ie and MADRA Facebook page.
MADRA is a Connemara based dog rescue and adoption charity dedicated to finding new homes for dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. Annually, the charity rescues an average of 800 dogs from local authority pounds and dogs surrendered by the general public.