Raise vital funds for local Samaritans at Newry City Marathon

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Friday, March 14th, 2014
Community, Sport, What's On

It’s getting to be that time of year, people; your New Year’s Resolutions have wilted, Dry January is over (to the enormous relief of shareholders in breweries, distilleries and vineyards) and you are sliding backwards towards pizza, beer and a comfortable sofa.

But wait; there is salvation on the horizon because the Marathon season will soon be starting.

Since the Greeks invented them, by mistake, Marathons have invaded almost every city in the Western world and they have three main purposes: keeping fit, showing off and raising money for charity. The Big Three on this island are Dublin, Belfast and, of course, Newry.

Last year, as an example to us all, Newry man Cormac Cranney ran the Berlin Marathon to celebrate: a) his 40th birthday, b) the Berlin Marathon’s 40th anniversary and c) the 40th anniversary of Samaritans starting out in the Newry/Dundalk area.

Cormac also used the opportunity to raise money for the local branch of Samaritans.

If that doesn’t inspire you to dig out your trainers and start training, then you’re probably beyond saving. If you do get fit enough to enter a Marathon and are looking for a good cause to sponsor then, like Cormac, you need look no further than your local Samaritans.

Of course, it may be that you are one of these virtuous people who rise at 6am and jog around the block before work, irritating your neighbours. A little bundle of smugness like you (you know who you are!) doesn’t need a couch-potato to jog you into jogging, but Samaritans will still happily accept any money that you raise.

The local branch of Samaritans is located at 19 St Colman’s Park, Newry. Samaritans offer non-judgemental, confidential emotional support all day, every day so, if you need to talk, you can call in at the Branch, ring 028 (048) 302 66366, or email them at jo@samaritans.org.


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