Fith annual Donadea 10k run

The fifth annual Donadea Forest 10k run will take place on Saturday, October 13 in aid of Enable Ireland.

The fifth annual Donadea Forest 10k run will take place on Saturday, October 13 in aid of Enable Ireland.

The race kicks off at 11am from St Kevin’s GAA Club in Staplestown and will see 800 runners through the idyllic and peaceful landscape of the Staplestown area and Donadea Forest Park.

The terrain is varied from road to country lanes and forest track. A route map is be available for download at donadeaforest10k.ie

“We are delighted to be supporting the Naas division of Enable Ireland for our 2012 race,” event organiser Jo Cawley explained, speaking at the launch yesterday morning.

“To date over €50,000 euro has been raised from this event helping not only local charity groups but also our local community groups.

“The popularity of the event is evidenced by the fact that it has sold out in the last two consecutive years and we envisage the same happening this year.

“Therefore we encourage everyone to sign up early!”

Founded in 1948, Enable Ireland provides services for over 3,800 children and adults with disabilities in Ireland.

Here in Kildare there are 180 families availing of their services.

Anna Meegan from Enable Ireland Naas explained: “Now more than ever there is a growing need to help maintain the high level of serives that we deliver.

“Currently there are a couple of projects in the pipeline that unfortunately have not been realised due to lack of funding – the completion of an outdoor soft playground area and a two way observation room which requires specific technical equipment.

Both projects cost in and around €80,000.

To register for the event log onto www.donadeaforest10k.ie

The race is open to first 800 entries only and is on a first come, first served, basis. Admission is €30 and you must be over 18 years. Postal entries will be accepted until September 26, 2012.

All participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt, timing chip, goody bag and refreshments during and after the race