A community fun run became the first ever event organised by the newly formed O.R.N.E. Community Partnership, (Ophir RFC and Naomh Eanna/St Enda’s GAC). The event saw approximately 160 participants leave from Ophir Rugby Club to St Enda’s GAC with the first runners finishing the 2.5 mile run in just under 20 minutes and the more leisured participants, which included families with their children, finishing in around the 1 hour mark.
Prior to the run, there was a host of family activities and entertainment on offer at Ophir Rugby Club in Mallusk. Trampolines, an inflatable assault course, arts and crafts and face painting were available while one of the day’s main attractions was a petting zoo which had a range of animals including a baby goat and chicks.A BBQ and a children’s disco awaited the fun run participants at St Enda’s GAC on the Hightown Road.
Trevor Harris, Chairman of Ophir RFC commented,
“Big thanks go to the North Belfast Harriers for marshalling the event, Newtownabbey Mayor, Alderman Billy Webb for starting the race, the organising committee from Ophir RFC and Naomh Eanna CLG and also to everyone who attended on the day. The event was a great success and both clubs are already looking forward to next year’s event. The project was funded by the International Fund for Ireland and managed by the NI Rural Development Council.”