Stride for Charity: Triumph and Togetherness at the Easter Lily 5km

April 03, 2024

In the crisp morning air of Doughiska, Galway, something remarkable unfolded on the recent Easter bank holiday weekend. The Easter Lily 5km, an annual event, marked its presence once again, drawing participants from all walks of life, all ages, and all levels of fitness.

At the forefront of this jubilant occasion stood Sinead Kelly of Galway City Harriers, crossing the finish line with a time of 21.47, claiming the title of the first lady home. On the men's side, Robert Lennon of Castlegar AC sprinted to victory in an impressive 17.13. The podium finishes were complete with Ben O'Sullivan and Adrian Duignan clinching the second and third spots for the men, and Stephanie Neylon and Matilda Feeney securing their places among the top female finishers.

But the Easter Lily 5km wasn't just about podium finishes; it was about participation, community, and remembrance. Kids joined in the fun with their own races, their laughter and energy infusing the atmosphere with pure joy. The event served as a tribute, "Remembering Aoibhe", a poignant reminder of the significance of coming together.

The 5-kilometre route wound its way through the surroundings of Doughiska, offering runners a perfect blend. For seasoned athletes, it provided an opportunity to push their limits, striving for personal bests. Yet, it was equally inviting for those simply seeking a pleasant 5km on the long weekend.

Beyond the thrill of the race, however, lay a deeper purpose. The Easter Lily 5km wasn't just about athletic prowess; it was about giving back to the community. Proceeds from the event were dedicated to the ACT For Meningitis charity, a noble cause that resonated deeply with many. By lacing up their shoes and hitting the pavement, participants weren't just challenging themselves physically; they were also making a meaningful contribution to meningitis prevention and research, raising awareness and support for a cause that impacts lives.

As the last runners crossed the finish line, exhausted yet elated, the true essence of the Easter Lily 5km shone through—a celebration of success, of solidarity, and of compassion. In every stride taken and every cheer shared, the spirit of unity prevailed, reminding us all of the power of coming together for a common cause.