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Charity running event postponed to avoid clashing with Ireland - Denmark playoff

The charity run – Run in the Dark – joins Leo Varadkar in seeking to postpone an event due to the crucial World Cup qualifying clash.

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A CHARITY RUN that was due to take place next month has been put back a week because it clashes with Ireland’s crucial World Cup playoff.

Run in the Dark, which takes place in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester, is a 5km or 10km run that helps to raise money for paralysis charity The Mark Pollock Trust.

It joins Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in seeking to postpone an event due to the Irish football team’s clash with Denmark, who said at the weekend that he was hoping to move the timing of his Fine Gael Ard Fheis speech so that it didn’t take place at the same time.

Organisers said they wanted to “run the safest, most enjoyable event for everyone and, with that in mind,” the decision had been made to move the Dublin event to Wednesday 22nd November.

Thousands of football fans will be descending on Lansdowne Road, with the Aviva Stadium hosting the second leg of the tie on Tuesday 14 November.

Run in the Dark organisers said: “We’re really sorry to have to change the date. We can still promise a brilliant event, just one week later.

The good news is that there’s an extra week to train and, for the football fans out there, you won’t have to choose between watching the match and supporting a great cause to fast-track a cure for paralysis.

The events in other locations are due to take place as scheduled.

The Taoiseach, meanwhile, said that he was speaking to RTÉ about alternative options to ensure his televised address did not clash with the first leg of the Ireland/Denmark game which will take place in Copenhagen on Saturday 11 November.

He said: “I think it’s fair to say that the vast majority of people and the vast majority of the Fine Gael faithful would rather watch Ireland take on Denmark than listen to me.”

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