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“Tiarnan would have enjoyed himself” – 5K Family Run a huge success

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Dessie Levins encourages runners approaching the finish line. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Hundreds of people came out to brave the rain on Sunday morning last to take part in the sixth annual Tiarnan’s 5K Family Fun Run, held in memory of local lad Tiarnan Levins who passed away aged eight in 2012.

The weather conditions were far from ideal but on a wet-and-windy Sunday, a huge crowd came out in support of the event which grows ever-popular not just in Hunterstown but around the greater Ardee and Mid-Louth area too. They raised thousands of euro in the process.

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Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie, Tiarnan’s dad John Levins said he was thrilled with the day. “It went very well. There was a lot more people there than expected,” he told us. “The Couch to 5K brought a lot with them, all of those that did that. There was an awful lot of people, as I say, it went very well. The rain didn’t dampen the spirits, not at all. Not one bit.”

Tiarnan died in April 2012, having spent two weeks on the fifth floor of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. His health problems first came to light when he was just 20-months-old, when he began to suffer epileptic seizures. By the age of five, Tiarnan’s health began to deteriorate more rapidly. By the end, he had lost the ability to walk and talk.

John said the day was the sort of thing his son would have loved to have been part of.  “It was a great day to remember Tiarnan. It’s the sort of thing he would have enjoyed himself – he would have enjoyed meeting people,” he continued. “There would have been no bother on him.

“We’re still counting and there’s still money coming in. We’ll give a few pound to the Louth branch of Cerebral Palsy but most of it will go to the Ardee Hospice. They were very good to us and they gave us anything we needed for Tiarnan and this will give back to them as well.

“I’d just like to say a big thanks to Hunterstown Rovers. They’re the ones who let us use the facility and a lot of them do the stewarding. You couldn’t go round thanking everybody – but Hunterstown Rovers GFC and friends and family were all a great help.”

Our man with the camera Adrian Crawley was out at the 5K Run on Sunday and you can view a selection of images from the day by clicking here.

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