GOAL Mile organisers delighted with turnout and donations

The Christmas GOAL Mile fun run through the streets of Carrick-on-Suir has raised €6000 for the charity's projects in the Third World.

The Christmas GOAL Mile fun run through the streets of Carrick-on-Suir has raised €6000 for the charity's projects in the Third World.

The amount raised by the town's fourth annual Goal Mile was up on the total in sponsorship and donations collected at last year's event, which the organisers said was amazing considering the tough economic climate and the bad weather.

Due to the adverse weather conditions in the lead up to the event, and because many Goal Mile events around the country were cancelled leading to national TV and radio announcements, the organisers, Carrick Road Runners, had a tough call to make but finally decided to go ahead as planned on Christmas morning.

They worried that numbers would be down, and when only 20 people had turned up at the start line at Ormond Castle at10.55am for the 11.00 am start, the situation looked gloomy.

But this being Ireland everyone turned up a little late, and by the slightly late start a great crowd of more 150 had lined up.

Before the run, Carrick Road Runners Club Chairman Mark Connolly thanked all who helped with both the Goal Mile event and also the street collection for Goal on Christmas Eve.

He especially thanked club members Margaret and Bobby Power and their family who play a major part in organising the event every year.

Mark then introduced special guest Santa Claus, who entertained the large crowd with some festive stories and led the way to the start line.

Some enthusiastic runners sprinted around the one mile route, but the vast majority elected for a brisk walk on the lovely but very cold morning.

On the route along the quays, participants were treated to the amazing sight of ice on the River Suir, and when they got to the finish there was some refreshments on hand, including some hot mulled wine which went down a treat in the sub zero temperatures.