Naas Rugby star Heaslip launches Goal’s Calcutta Run

Naas’ rugby star Jamie Heaslip earlier this week helped launch this year’s Calcutta Run.

Naas’ rugby star Jamie Heaslip earlier this week helped launch this year’s Calcutta Run.

The event, which is now in its 14th year, raises money for homeless people in Ireland and in Calcutta. It will take place on Saturday, May 26 next.

The Leinster and Ireland star is among those encouraging people from all walks of life to take part in the event.

Now in its 14th year, the popular fun run has raised more than €2 million for the Peter McVerry Trust and GOAL since its inception in 1999.

Runners, walkers and strollers are already signing up to complete the 10km route from Blackhall Place in Dublin, through the Phoenix Park, and back to the start, where they will be greeted by a post-race party and barbecue.

Although the Calcutta Run was originally aimed at encouraging the legal profession to actively support GOAL and the Peter McVerry Trust, today the event draws people from all walks of life to help raise money for the two charities.

The 2012 Calcutta Run will take place on Saturday, May 26th. People can register at www.calcuttarun.com.