OVER 100 MEMBERS of the Gardaí took part in the Munich Marathon last month and raised €115,000 for Crumlin Hospital.
The Great Garda Run 2012 participants were joined in Munich by Former World Champion, Mr Eamonn Coghlan, Malcolm O’Kelly and Jack O’ Shea as the official team patrons.
All Gardaí personally funded all expenses for the trip so every cent raised will be used to support the work carried out at St John’s Ward in Crumlin Hospital.
Inspector Niall Featherstone, spokesperson for the run, explained how they picked the charity this year:
We try and spread around the different charities we run for every year and we ask our runners what charity they think should get the funds.
He added that all Gardaí train for about six or nine months in advance in their own time.
Participants of the Great Garda Run. Image: greatgardarun/Twitter
The Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan believes the run is good for building relationships with communities:
Initiatives such as Great Garda Run 2012 undoubtedly assists An Garda Síochána in building and sustaining positive community relationships throughout Ireland.
The cheque will be handed over to Mr Joe Quinsey, CEO of Children’s Medical Research Foundation at Crumlin Hospital at an event for participants in Dublin.