Ballymena Runners charity event raises over £600

Ballymena Runners AC club members will some of the donations for the refugees.
Ballymena Runners AC club members will some of the donations for the refugees.

Ballymena Runners hosted a charity run at the ecos on Thursday night, raising over £600, as well as a full van load of clothes and materials, in aid of the current refugee crisis.

The proceeds were shared with two local charities; Ballymena Lions Club and St Vincent de Paul.

Alastair Donaghy (BRAC), Lisa Kirkwood (BRAC Charity Committee), Stephen Brown (BRAC Club Secretary), Ronny McFall (Tesco Ballymena) Susanna Allen (BRAC), Robin Alexander (BRAC Chairman), Gemma McCrory (BRAC Charity Committee).

Alastair Donaghy (BRAC), Lisa Kirkwood (BRAC Charity Committee), Stephen Brown (BRAC Club Secretary), Ronny McFall (Tesco Ballymena) Susanna Allen (BRAC), Robin Alexander (BRAC Chairman), Gemma McCrory (BRAC Charity Committee).

Tesco Ballymena Community Champion, Ronny McFall, was also on hand with water for the competitors as part of their working in the local community campaign.

The run was held at the Ecos centre and follow the 5k ‘parkrun’ course.

Club member Lisa Kirkwood said: “A number of running club members expressed a desire to do something to help those refugees fleeing their war torn homes.

“As a club we feel that one way we could help would be to do what we do best and arrange a run.

And, they are off!

And, they are off!

“The aim was to gather as many of our wonderful members, friends and family to take part, so that we could highlight the issue, collect donations, and raise funds for the local charities – the turnout and generosity was amazing.”

Club Secretary Stephen Brown added:“We are delighted with how the night went, it is great what we can do with a bit of good will.

“Ballymena Runners would just like to say thank you to everyone who came and supported us on the night.”

Alastair Donaghy (BRAC) with Torie Tennant.

Alastair Donaghy (BRAC) with Torie Tennant.

The race was for all ages and ability ' but everyone enjoyed it.

The race was for all ages and ability ' but everyone enjoyed it.