PHOTO GALLERY: Jog for Jockeys at the Curragh Racecourse

Over 400 turn out for fundraiser

Laura Coates


Laura Coates

Runners of the two-legged variety were in full flight at the Curragh racecourse on Sunday morning, August 21, for the annual Jog For Jockeys fundraiser in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys fund.

Some 430 people turned out for the 5km and 10km races, and according to Michael Higgins of IIJ, the amount of money raised is still being counted.

“We are very, very happy with how it went,” he said.

RTÉ cameras were out and about on the course as Anne Cassin and her Nationwide team filmed a section for a special programme segment on the IIJ, which is due to air in October.

Local boxing champion Dervla Duffy, holder of the Irish elite 57kg title, warmed up the runners with a fighting-fit stretching routine, before the crowds set off for their laps of the course.

Ex-jockey Ken Whelan was emcee for the day.

Among those spotted at the Curragh for the event were racing stars such as Ruby Walsh, Johnny Murtagh and their families, Shane Foley, Ronan Whelan, Billy Lee, Jonathan Burke, Jamie Codd and his wife Robyn with their three-week-old daughter Lottie and Aintree Grand National-winning jockey David Mullins.

Patrick O’Connor was first man home in the 10km, followed by Luke Morgan and Conor Murphy. Maria Snell, Sadie Wheatley and Michelle Kennedy were the first three placed women. Ex-jockey Kevin Coleman won the men's 5km, with David Brogan and Keith Donoghue in second and third place. Sorcha Moloney, Hannah Breen and Ruth Comerford were the first three women home. Dermot Weld’s ‘Rhode Runners’ were the first racing yard team home in the 5km.

The next event for the IIJ is the third leg of the Corinthian Challenge, which takes place in Leopardstown this October 23.

The charity raises money for injured jockeys. It also raises awareness about the issues they face in the sport.