Night Run has launched its 2019 event which will see Support Seán (the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust) become the Official Charity Partner for this year’s run taking place on April 28th 2019.
This is the eighth year of the Night Run which has previously been sponsored by Samsung, Virgin Media and KBC. With the latter moving up to sponsorship of the Dublin Marathon this year, no sponsor has yet been announced for the major nighttime 10K run through the closed off streets of Dublin.
The announcement of the link to support Sean Cox will give the race a lift though and there is still time for business to get involved.
Seán Cox himself participated in last year’s event, just days before he sustained serious life-altering injuries in an unprovoked attack before the champions league semi-final in Liverpool.
Five euros from each entry will be donated directly to the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust which aims to ensure the best possible care is accessible to Seán in his rehabilitation process.
With over 7,000 runners expected on the night, the partnership is a major milestone in the fundraising drive for Seán’s recovery.
Entrants are also encouraged to continue their own personal fundraising efforts for the charity of their choice in the build-up to this year’s event.
The announcement of the new partnership was made at Seán’s local GAA Club, St. Peter’s, Dunboyne, where his wife Martina Cox and children Shauna, Jack and Emma were joined by former Ireland Rugby international and lifelong Liverpool FC fan, Alan Quinlan, who is supporting the partnership by running in this year’s race.
“We have been overwhelmed by the compassion shown to the Support Seán campaign and are extremely grateful to all those who have contributed in a number of different ways,” said Martina Cox.
“While this is a very difficult time for us all, the enormous goodwill of Seán’s family, friends, supporters and the general public has helped him make small but encouraging steps in his recovery.”
“Running was always a passion of Seán’s and I have no doubt if events of last year had have been different, he would be joining the thousands of runners who are taking part in the Night Run this April.”
“I would like to thank Night Run for their commitment to the Support Seán campaign and all of this year’s participants, as their entry to the race alone will make a major difference in helping Seán in his journey.”
Also in attendance at the launch and representing the race organiser, TITAN Active Limited, was Eoin Conroy, who is quite close to the challenges that face Seán and his family during the recovery process, having experienced the impact of a debilitation within his own family.
“We are delighted to partner with the Sean Cox Rehabilitation Trust for this year’s event,” said Conroy.
“We expect over 7,000 runners to join us for Night Run in April for a 10K like no other. This is a truly unique experience, conquering the streets of Dublin for a night you won’t forget.”
“We hadn’t realised that Seán had taken part in last year’s Night Run until I saw Martina’s moving interview on the Late Late Show last November. It resonated very strongly as my own Dad suffered a significant brain injury in July 2008. The first two to three years of his ongoing recovery journey were critical, so we moved to get in touch with Martina and are thrilled that we are here today.”
Runners of all abilities and ages are welcome to take part in Night Run 2019, and every participant will receive a reflective premium technical race top to wear on the night, as well as a goodie bag and finisher’s medal.
Sanctioned by Athletics Ireland, the race is chip-timed, allowing returning runners to benchmark their performance on previous years, and new participants to record their progress.
To enter Night Run, register at: www.nightrun.ie