Winners and runners-up in the Jog For Jockeys 5km and 10km run in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund at the Curragh Racecourse on September 29 will receive works of art donated from equine artists including the Curragh based artist in residence Chara Nagle.
Works will also be donated from artists Tony O’Connor, from Kerry, Peter Curling from Waterford and David Fitzgerald from London.
“As an equine artist, much of my work centres on racehorses and I sometimes do commissioned work for owners and trainers, so in a way I feel like I am part of the industry,” said artist Tony O’Connor.
“I was happy to get involved with Jog For Jockeys – the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund is an extremely worthwhile cause.”
Jockey Ruby Walsh, who has been a supporter of Jog For Jockeys from the since the initial launch in 2011, described the event as ‘a great opportunity for families and friends to get out and do something active together, while raising money for an excellent charity’.
“The Injured Jockeys Fund has helped countless fellow-jockeys and friends of mine over the years and sadly, this year is no exception.,” he said.
“ I encourage everyone in the industry as well as horse racing supporters to get their runners on and show up at the Curragh on September 29.”
For this year’s team competition, runners can enter a team of five for €100, with the three best times to count. The 10km winning team will receive access to a private suite at the Curragh for up to 25 people.
The prize includes 25 admission and private suite badges, 25 racecards and a personal tipster. The first team home in the 5km run will receive the same prize for a suite overlooking Punchestown Racecourse.
A DJ will provide music throughout and a representative from the Army will be on-site to bootcamp-style warm-up stretches.
Registration is available on the website www.jogforjockeys.ie and sponsorship cards are available online.
- Paula Campbell