Ciara McCullough running for her Run with Ciara challenge.
Run with Ciara Virtually for the Children’s Grief Centre
Ireland’s first intercounty virtual running challenge is currently taking place across Ireland. Ciara McCullough set herself a goal to run across Ireland from the beginning of January until February.
Run with Ciara, McCullough’s running programme in association with YourVirtualRace.com, allows people to join her on the journey. She plans to run 1000 kilometres across Ireland’s Wild Atlantic way to raise €150,000 for the Children’s Grief Centre based in Limerick.
McCullough has asked runners to join her for an eight-week run, averaging about 30 kilometres each day. Starting on Tuesday, January 7 in Derry, she hopes to finish by February 9 in Kinsale.
People (of all running levels) can register on RunwithCiara.com OR YourVirtualRace.com to run with Ciara and choose the county they want to run with. The cost is €25 and thousands of people throughout the world are expected to Run with Ciara. The idea is that each person will go out running during the same eight weeks as McCullough and as they run in real-time their distance will be added to the live leader board within their county.
McCullough, originally from a Co. Tipperary, feels the need to contribute to Children’s Grief Centre. After her father’s death, she wished for an open area to discuss grief.
She said, “Losing my Dad at a very young age, I cannot help but think how different my life would have been if there was somewhere like the Children’s Grief Centre, a place that allows you to speak about grief.”
The loss of her father affected her mental health as well. Having attempted 3 suicides between the ages of 19 and 22, McCullough found an outlet through running. She hoped to bring this running challenge to help others as well.
She said, “One of the most amazing pieces of information that I learnt is that, even though I think I am worthless or feel not good enough, I still have the choice to act. So, I decided to run. I ran every day, even though I felt like crap. I ran to escape my mind. Every day I felt a little more at ease and with every step, I gained a little more clarity.”
Registration is still available to those who wish to join the cause at runwithciara.com. When registered you will receive an e-bib so you can begin your run in January. A live leaderboard will be available to see which county is ahead.
You can register as an individual or as a school.
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