Mayor announces charity events to mark Olympic torch visit

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
The Mayor for Newry and Mourne, Charlie Casey, has this week announced several events to the mark the occasion of the Olympic torch coming to Newry. Speaking in a statement from the Council, the Mayor announced the following events: • In March 2012 there will be thirty one ten kilometre road races. These races will be organised each evening in various locations across our district including Newry City, South Down and South Armagh. This event was started last year by Mark and Helen McElroy. Can I take this opportunity to congratulate them on the birth of their first child, Jack, this month. • To supplement this event it has been agreed to have a one kilometre and five kilometre taster event each evening. The reason I have asked for additional events is to encourage people to take part in running to improve their fitness and well being. My hope is that people who are currently not participating in any form of training will take the opportunity to commence training in March with a one kilometre run and build up to a five kilometre or even a ten kilometre run. • On Thursday 17th May 2012 I intend to hold a Newry City ten kilometre run in the City Centre. This is a very exciting event and will be a tremendous lead in to the very successful Newry City Marathon in early June. • On Sunday 27th May the Council, in association with Triathlon Ireland, will be holding the first ETAPE 80 mile cycle race and 40 mile fun cycle in the Mournes. An ETAPE can be described as the mountain stage of the Tour de France and many countries have named their cycles after this name. There is an ETAPE cycle in England, Scotland and Wales and I am pleased also to see that our twinning partner, County Clare, are also organising an ETAPE and we have agreed to market our cycles jointly. • The Mayors Charity Cycle – this year the cycle will be a 24 hour relay cycle from Malin Head to Mizen Head. To date approximately 15 cyclists plus 3 support staff have signed up and it looks as if it could be a very exciting event. This year all money raised in all the above events will be given to; • Newry Gateway • Cystic Fibrosis • Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children The Mayor concluded his statement by saying, “I hope the above fund raising events are successful and we can give as much money as possible to the above three charities. Can I finally pay tribute to all the people who have offered their voluntary support in organising these events; Newry Lions Club, Catherine Murphy, Triathlon Ireland, Around a Pound, Council Officers and many others.”
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