People of all ages gathered in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 7th March for the 37th annual Simon Home Run, which aims to raise vital funds for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in Dublin, Wicklow, Kildare, Meath, Louth, Cavan and Monaghan.
It was an amazing event which was a reflection of the dedication and community of both the organisers and the participants.
Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels participated in the 5 mile (8k) race and were even joined by some buggies and dogs on the race track. While many took part just for fun, there was some healthy competition in the air as prizes were awarded for first, second and third place.
Among those “going for gold” were the members of the Dublin Simon Community running club, led by Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing Supervisor JT Treanor, who said:
“Events like this are great because they engage all members of our community – staff, volunteers, supporters and clients. There are a number of clients in the Dublin Simon running club who I work with regularly on their physical fitness and overall wellbeing. There has been a great buzz at our training sessions over the past few weeks in the lead-up to this morning.”
The Simon tented village had plenty of entertainment for runners and spectators alike, with main sponsor Deutschebank providing a Kids’ Zone hosted by familiar faces Mickey and Minnie Mouse who were joined by Offbeat donuts, Last Lap Café and Be Well Physio, which provided post-run sports massages. Attendees relaxed with teas and coffees after the race to the live performance of U-band.
Speaking at the event, Dublin Simon Community CEO, Sam McGuinness said:
“We would like to give our warmest thanks to our committed supporters who came out in their droves on a cold Saturday morning to join our community in supporting those who never get a day off from their plight. The vital funds raised by our runners, walkers, joggers and dogs today will go a long way in helping to rebuild the lives of people trapped in the relentless despair and anxiety of homelessness.”
- Overall Results:
1st: Tim Grummel
2nd: Laura Shaughnessy
3rd: Robin Mooney
- Top 3 Male Runners:
1st: Tim Grummel
2nd: Robin Mooney
3rd: Parick Tallon
- Top 3 Female Runners:
1st: Laura Shaughnessy
2nd: Charlotte Connolly
3rd: Adelle Heskins
- Fastest Buggy Challenge Winner:
Kevin O’Hanrahan & Rua O’Hanrahan
To see the images from the 2020 Simon Home Run, Click Here.