Mellons Hyundai Columbanus 5k Run & Walk launched

From left, Kenneth Irvine (Chairperson, Friends of 
Columbanus, Bangor), Ben Caughers (North Down Athletic Club), 
Ange Perrott (North Down Athletic Club), Alex Irvine (Tourism 
DevelopmentOfficer, Ards and North Down Borough Council),
Andrew Muir (5k Event Organiser), Canon Ronnie Nesbitt 
and Alderman Alan Graham (Mayor of Ards and North Down). 
Two children in front row Zach Irvine and Luke Irvine.
Runners are in training for a special event on Friday 21 August at 7pm at Bangor Abbey organised by the Friends of Columbanus as part of a series of events throughout 2015 marking 1,400 Anniversary of the death of Columbanus who was based in Bangor Abbey before travelling across Europe.

The 5k run and walk will leave Bangor Abbey and tour three laps of Castle Park through scenic Bangor Castle grounds and the site of old Bangor Abbey via a formally measured and marshalled course. Entry is free of charge with voluntary donations to Friends of Columbanus, Bangor encouraged.

The 5k family friendly Run and Walk is open to all regardless of ability or age with optional fancy dress with prizes for best dressed Adult and Child dressed monk.

After recent successful Hadlow 5k Run & Walk in Donaghadee I am looking forward to being involved in delivering another community based event giving athletes, joggers, fun runners and walkers opportunity to enjoy a dander in the outdoors via a formal organised event. Anyone not interested in running or walking can volunteer by contacting me via telephoning 07813 945411 or email mail@andrewmuir.net We are extremely grateful to Mellons Hyundai for making this event possible via their kind sponsorship which allows us to provide entry free of charge for everyone.

Anyone interested can register on the day from 5pm at Bangor Abbey Parish Halls which will also be location for Refreshments and Buns after the event for runners, walkers and volunteers.

Parking for the event is available at Abbey Street, Bangor car parks, Newtownards Road car park plus the Health Centre off Newtownards Road.