Columbanus 5k sprints to success

A total of eighty eight runners and walkers participated in the Mellons Hyundai Columbanus 5k Run on Friday evening around area previously inhabited by Saint Columbanus before be travelled onwards across Europe. With a range of people participating of different ages and abilities in perfect conditions and over £230 raised in voluntary donations to Friends of Columbanus, Bangor the event was felt to be real success.

I am extremely grateful to everyone who made the run possible including all the volunteers, marshals, Police Service of NI, Bangor Abbey Church who allowed us to use the Parish Halls and Mellons Hyundai for kind sponsorship of the event.

Columbanus 5k winners, from left, Race Organiser Councillor Andrew Muir, Barney Miller (North Down AC) – First Male Junior, Murphy Miller (North Down AC) – First Female, Mayor of Ards and North Down Alderman Alan Graham, Emily Fawthrop – First Female Junior, Jonathan Gibson, First Male.
I hope we have raised the profile of Columbanus and the area he once inhabited in an engaging manner by providing such a unique family friendly fun run which forms a part of the series of events taking place this year to mark 1,400 Anniversary of the death of Saint Columbanus.

The provision of Refreshments, Fresh Fruit and Buns after the run kindly provided by Friends of Columbanus, Bangor volunteers plus presence of our Mayor Alderman Alan Graham was greatly appreciated by many and helped make the run a unique memorable evening. Feedback from runners in relation to the course was positive and provides a possible future template for any future runs in the area which can now be pursued if need exists.