Great turnout for Autism Awareness Roscrea run


On Sunday last, Autism Awareness Roscrea held its inaugural 6K Fun Run and their 3K Family Walk. The weather was in our favour with a dry bright morning. 

On the day, almost 200 people took part in the 6K run, with the winner completing the run in just over 20 minutes!  The men’s winner was Tom Lupton and the first lady home was Tara Ni Reachtagain. In the team event, Inane Rovers were the proud winners of the group shield. 

All of the runners and walkers received a medal for their endeavours and there were T-Shirts for all runners too!  Many of the runners also received a “Goody Bag” with drinks, fruit and protein bars! A full list of all the runners and their times is available on

They had a large number of families and groups taking park in the Family 3K walk, with some very young children taking part in their strollers and buggies. They even had a few canine friends taking part!

They would like to thank all those who made the run possible, from local businesses who contributed financially and those who donated items such as fruit, water, bars etc. Their main sponsors for the event were Roscrea Credit Union, Rosderrra and Brady Family Hams. Without the contributions of these companies, and local businesses, both small and large, they would not have had such a successful event. They are also grateful to all of the participants of the event who made the event such a success. 

They are very appreciative of the local scouts who provided them with tents for storage of the runners' gear and to Ger O’Meara for doing MC on the day. They also are very grateful to the staff at Roscrea Leisure Centre who allowed them use of their facilities on the day. They had a large number of stewards on the day whose help was invaluable in making the run safe as it progressed around the town. Thank you also to the local Gardai who assisted them along the planning and implementing of the run. They would also like to thank the people of Roscrea for their support for this event.

Autism Awareness Roscrea is a newly formed group, many of who are parents of children with Autism, who hope to make Roscrea a more inclusive town for those among us who live with autism every day. They want to do this by creating a better understanding of how Autism can affect each person and by helping businesses and the public in general to develop a better understanding of Autism and the challenges it can present.

For further information please contact They will be running some more Autism Aware events in the near future, so keep an eye out in your local paper and on their Facebook page.

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