742 pupils and teachers from Ardee Community School hit the road on a sun-kissed Friday afternoon earlier today as the entire school got out and took part in a fundraising 5K Run.
The event was organised by Rory Callan, teacher and member of the Ardee CS pitch committee, as part of a fundraising drive to finish the new pitch and construct a new running and walking track around the school site.
As well as that side of it, it acted as a great way to get the entire student body – and some teachers too – out and active. What a day it was for it too!
It was a good day for the third years as both big winners this afternoon were Junior Cert students. Danny O’Brien and Abbie Sheridan were the first boy and girl over the line. Remarkably, Danny won the overall race – which ran from the school to Shanlis Cross and back again – with a sensational time of 18:13, a full 28 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger Neill Kerr.
The boys were fairly dominant as they made up the first 28 students over the line before Abbie became the first girl over the line. Abbie, who has plenty of juvenile experience with Ardee & District Athletic Club, came in at 22:00 exactly – 42 seconds ahead of her nearest female challenger Tara McGuinness.
Perhaps surprisingly, the competing teachers proved they were just as quick as their pupils with three teachers finishing in the top ten of finishers. Mr McGuinness was the first teacher home and the fourth overall with a time of 19:06 while Mr Gollogly and Mr McGowan also finished inside the top nine and Mr Durnin ran well to finish just outside the top 20.
Ms McGinley was the first female teacher over the line in the chipped event, running a time of 24:59. Mr Robb acted as MC for the event, doing his best Jimmy Magee commentary as runners came over the finish line. In total, 579 students came over the line inside an hour.
“It’s all about well being and keeping fit for the kids,” Callan told ThisIsArdee.ie. “Every pupil is taking part. Thankfully, we had a great day for it. Their mental and physical well being is really important and this is great for that.”
“It also acts as a fundraiser for the sports track. All of the students have got sponsorship for taking part. We’re putting a track around the whole perimeter of the school and the money will help with that and other things too.”
The great weather certainly helped foster some high spirits between the students, teachers and staff at Ardee Community School which lasted for the entirety of the race and beyond as Ardee Credit Union manager Niall Lambert and Maria McCabe from John McCabe Motors helped to hand out the prizes to the best boys and girls from each year group.
Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie after the 5K Race, Sean Moran told us that the work on the new pitch at the school is coming along nicely and he was very hopeful that the money raised via student sponsorship would be enough to see the job completed to a high quality finish. He also praised everyone involved in making the day a huge success.
“We’d like to thank Rory for all his efforts in organising all of this, he has really taken it on,” Moran told us. “His leadership, enthusiasm and dedication has been wonderful and he has been instrumental in organising the whole event.
“We’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the sponsors of the event – Ardee Credit Union, John McCabe Motors, Ardee Coach Trim, Ferdia Print, Shane McConnon and also the local members of Louth County Council who helped make it happen.
“All of the teaching staff, special needs assistants and ancillary staff have contributed to supporting the running of the race today and their help has been invaluable as has the help of the Order of Malta and Ardee Gardai who have been present here throughout,” Moran continued whilst also praising the patience of residential neighbours and neighbouring businesses for accomodating the road closure during the race.
To have the entire student body take part in the activity during the day was great to see and Moran believes an event like this can encourage students to take a proactive part in sporting activity outside of school time.
“This hasn’t simply been about fundraising – it’s also been about raising levels of interest in being active amongst the students and encouraging them to be fit in life,” he said.
“We actively encourage students in the school – those involved in sport or not – to contact Ardee & District Athletics Club and get involved in the sport on a regular basis on either a social or competitive level.”
You can access a full list of finishers and finishing times over on MyRunResults.com by clicking here.
Ardee Community School 5K – The Winners
- First Year Boy – Harry Butterly
- First Year Girl – Emma Gillespie & Rebecca McCarron
- Second Year Boy – Evan Courtney
- Second Year Girl – Amy Farrell
- Third Year Boy – Danny O’Brien
- Third Year Girl – Abbie Sheridan
- TY Boy – Donal McKenny
- TY Girl – Tara McGuinness
- Fifth Year Boy – Niall Kerr
- Fifth Year Girl – Agele Sciare
- Sixth Year Boy – Paul McArdle
- Sixth Year Girl – Ava Kelly
- Overall Boys Winner – Danny O’Brien
- Overall Girls Winner – Abbie Sheridan