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Bon Secours Hospital Run For Fun 2020 cancelled

Run For Fun 2020 cancelled: Children pictured at the Bon Secours Hospital Run for Fun 2019 which took place on the grounds of the University of Limerick where over 3200 primary school children took part. Picture: Don Moloney

Bon Secours Hospital Run For Fun 2020 cancelled

It is with great regret that the organisers of the 2020 Bon Secours Hospital Run For Fun have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.

The event, which attracts over 3,000 primary school children each year, is the largest children’s running event in Ireland.



This difficult decision was made in the best interest of the health and wellbeing of all the children that take part as well as their families and friends who support them along the route.

Event Director John Cleary said “We know that thousands of children, as well as their parents and grandparents, look forward to this marquee event every year. While we have explored every option to stage the 2020 event, unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting public health restrictions must take precedence. Already we are looking forward to the 2021 event and seeing the thousands of happy and excited faces at the start line.”

Jason Kenny Hospital Manager at Bon Secours Hospital Limerick said:  “As a major healthcare provider in Ireland, we were, and still are, delighted to partner with an event that is all about promoting health activity amongst children and, indeed, their families.  By the same token, we fully respect and support this decision on the 2020 event as it’s in the best interest of public health. We have all seen the difference that Public Health measures taken so far have had on the levels of COVID-19 here.  Having come so far, we need to stay the course and do whatever we can to make sure that we keep the virus at bay.  We look forward to supporting the Run for Fun in 2021.”

About the Run For Fun:

The UL Sport Kids Run is now established as an integral part of the Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run. This fun event is sponsored by UL Sport and is organized by the Bon Secours Hospital Great Limerick Run in conjunction with Limerick Sports Partnership and the HSE.

 Over 3,000 children take part in the UL Sports Kids Run, Ireland’s largest children’s event this May Bank Holiday weekend. There are t-shirts and medals for every child that takes part. 

Over the years, cheques have been presented to many local schools such as Monaleen National School, Milford Grange NS, St Nessans Mungret NS and Scoil Ide to name a few.

Past UL Vice President Academic and Registrar, Professor Paul McCutcheon spoke of how the event was a tremendous way to give back to the community, “Running and other mass participation sporting events are becoming increasingly popular across the country and the Great Limerick Run promotes positive lifestyle choices for our young children and the equally important aspects, participation and enjoyment.”

For more information on the Children’s Run for Fun, click here 

For more stories on previous year’s Bon Secours Hospital Run For Fun, click here

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.