On Sunday 24th April, Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton held its annual 5K event. The idea for a couch-to-5K originated in 2014 from discussions between PE teacher Íde Trant and Ken Boland, Managing Director of The School Food Company. The aim of the initiative was to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity in our daily lives. As a nation we talk the talk in terms of health and physical activity. The Coláiste Mhuire school community have continued to make health and fitness their priority ensuring that they walk the walk in terms of physical sporting health. In January, students, staff and family members began the couch to 5k training programme in preparation for this event with a weekly training session in school every Tuesday afternoon.
On Sunday afternoon, people arrived in their droves to participate in the 5k event. Nicola Dore, Irish Para-Powerlifter was in attendance to cut the ribbon and present awards to our athletes. The School Food Company kindly sponsored the event and provided participants with fruit and water after the race.
Principal Norma O’Brien would like to express sincerest thanks to everyone who came and participated in the event and to the many volunteers from the local community and from the school who gave up their time to help out with stewarding, refreshments and entertainment on the day.
Winners: 1st Yr: Caoimhe O’Farrell & David O’Shaughnessy, 2nd Yr: Lauren O’Sullivan Neville & Christopher Barrett, 3rd Yr: Michelle Flynn & Dean McCarthy, TY: Monica Kelly & Evin O’Cathasaigh, 5th Yr: Chloe Dunbar & Tomás Keane, Staff: Michelle Carey, Family: Emily Pearse & Oisin O’Farrell.