PIPS Newry & Mourne 10K Run & 5K Walk

PIPS Newry & Mourne held their first annual 10k run/5k Walk on Sunday Sept 11th 2011

The event formed part of a weekend of activities held by the local suicide support service to mark World Suicide Prevention Day, which is held annually (Sept 10th).

There was a huge public turn out, some of who participated in either the 10k run or the 5k walk, along the Newry Canal Towpath. Both events began from Sculpt Fitness at Carnbane Industrial Estate. After leaving Sculpt the run/walk joined the Canal Towpath and headed to Jerrettspass, where stewards and markers indicated the turning points for the return and finish at Sculpt. 

Behind the fun, exercise and enjoyment of the event PIPS Newry and Mourne  conveyed  the message that suicide is everyone's business and a major public health issue, but that there is help and resources available to anyone who reaches out for it. The shorter 5k walk also allowed all participants to get fully involved in our event, on a leisurely stroll along the towpath.It is well known that exercise plays a positive role in good mental health and general wellbeing, so therefore we were pleased that  so many joined us on the walk.

Plans are already underway for the 10km Run/5km walk next year which will take place on Sunday 9th September 2012 from Sculpt Fitness 

PIPS Newry & Mourne would like to thank everyone involved in making this event a huge success, thank you to all of the sponsors and organisers including volunteers. A special thank you to everyone who took part in the event and fundraised.

A special thank you for Newry & Mourne Mayor Charlie Casey for his continued support and for the countdown of the 10km Race

Sponsors included: Sculpt Fitness, White Mountain water, CD Stationery,Newry Credit Union, CR Sports, Daly Park & Co Limited, Mark McElroy (SMART Clinic).

See photos below