St Michael’s Rowing Club take to Limerick’s streets


David LaneFOLLOWING on from the success of last year’s inaugural event, St Michael’s Rowing Club (SMRC) is hoping for similar scenes for its second annual Urban Run, which takes place on Sunday October 5.

The 2013 Urban Run involved more than 400 runners and 100 volunteers, with the organisers commended for the marshalling and organisation of the run, and registration is open for this year’s event.

There will be two routes, one consisting of 10km and another 5km in length, and these will take in O’Callaghan Strand, where the SMRC clubhouse is located and the North Circular Road. The longer route also includes the Condell Road.

Antoinette Ahern, Urban Run organiser and SMRC committee member, outlined that the registration fees for the event will benefit a very worthy cause.

“Funds raised from this year’s Urban Run will go to the SMRC Youth Training Programme, which caters for approximately 100 young rowers between the ages of 13 and 17, and the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol [CSPP].

“CSPP is based on our doorstep and we can see that they do so much fantastic work. We  both use the river for different reasons and really they don’t get the credit they deserve.”

Antoinette added that there will be a large group of volunteers helping out on the day of the Urban Run, with club members and friends, members of CSPP and An Garda Síochána on hand to help with marshalling, water and catering at the SMRC clubhouse.

Anyone wishing to partake in the SMRC Urban Run can register online at, with registration open until noon on race day (October 5).