Run like the wind and celebrate Global Wind Day

To celebrate this week's Global Wind Day, SSE Airtricity is inviting the public to take part in its annual Tournafulla and Rathcahill Wind Farms Run in Templeglantine, Co. Limerick this Saturday 17 June.

Participants will once again have the choice between a 5k track, which they can run or walk, or a 10k race for runners looking for a greater challenge. The event is AAI permitted. 

Both courses will take participants along a scenic route between SSE Airtricity’s Tournafulla and Rathcahill Wind Farms in West Limerick. SSE Airtricity has a total of four wind farms in the region, which have a combined capacity of over 100MW and supply greener and cleaner energy to around 50,000 homes.

For the second year running, all proceeds from the event will go to local charity, Blood Bike Mid West. Blood Bike Mid West is a charitable organisation based in Limerick and operating primarily in the Mid West region. It runs an out-of-hours service using volunteer motorcyclists to transport urgently needed blood, breast milk, patient records, drugs and other medical requirements between hospitals, hospices, clinics and blood transfusion banks.

Tournafulla and Rathcahill Site Operator, Sean Carter, said:

“We’re really looking forward to this year’s Wind Farms Run, which is our highlight activity celebrating Global Wind Day. This year's Run promises to be the biggest and best yet. It was a brilliant day last year, with great participation and enthusiasm from the local community, and we’re hoping to build on that success again this time around. Come and join us on the day for a nice walk or a tough run – it’s completely up to you – and raise money for a great cause. And why not stick around for some refreshments afterwards?  Hopefully you’ll be able to tell everyone about your new personal best!

Brendan Caffrey, Director of Blood Bike Mid West, commented:

“We’re delighted to be the nominated charity for SSE Airtricity’s Wind Farms Run again this year. Last year’s event was a great success and raised vital funds to help us keep our operations going. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there on the day!”

The 2017 SSE Airtricity 5k & 10k Tournafulla and Rathcahill Wind Farms Run will kick off at 11.05am on Saturday 17 June. Participants should register on the day from 10am.

Entry: 10k - €15; 5K - €10 (or €20 family entry)

For further information, please email windfarmrun@gmail.com or call Seán on 087 134 2385.

To learn more about Blood Bike Mid West, visit www.bloodbikemidwest.ie