Get jogging for jockeys!
Top National Hunt and Flat Jockeys Barry Geraghty, Andrew McNamara, Patrick Mullins, Katie Walsh, Fran Berry, Niall ‘Slippers’ Madden, Gary Carroll and Shane Foley are just some of the jockeys who have signed up for the fifth annual Jog for Jockeys 5km and 10km races at the Curragh Racecourse on Sunday 23rd August.
Recently-retired jockey Andrew McNamara will act as MC and Champion National Hunt jockey, Ruby Walsh is the official starter on the day. Ruby’s wife Gillian and daughter Isabelle will take part in the 5km race along with ex-Champion Jockey-turned-Trainer, Johnny Murtagh and his family. All monies raised will be donated to the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund.
Prizes will be awarded to the first three males and females home in both races and there will also be children’s prizes and a team prize for the 5km and 10km.
The unique 5km and 10km routes allows participants to walk, jog or run on the iconic Curragh plains alongside many jockeys and trainers who are household names.
Eight-time Champion Amateur Jockey, Patrick Mullins, said: “I really enjoy running and I think it’s a great way to keep fit. I often run the track before racing and I represented my school at second level in a lot of competitions.
“I’d encourage everyone to come to the Curragh to support Jog for Jockeys next Sunday. It’s great fun to take part and the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund is a very worthy cause. We all love what we do, but injuries through falls are common and Irish Injured Jockeys provides invaluable support, whether a jockey is out for a few weeks or months or in the case of more serious, long-term injuries.”
Jog For Jockeys Event Co-ordinator, Audrey O’Dwyer said: “With less than a week to go, I’d urge as many runners and walkers to register for the 5km or 10km on www.jogforjockeys.ie. The 10km cross country track is a stiff test for the more serious runners, while the 5km is a great route to run or walk. Online entry costs €20 or entry on the day costs €25, for either route. A team of five is €100, with the three best times to count. Children under 16 can run for free but if they would like to be in with a chance to win a prize, they can register at the junior rate of €10. We had a great turnout last year and we’re hoping for even more support this year.”
All runners will receive a race t-shirt or cap and regardless of distance, all participants will be provided with timing chips to record accurate race times and a Sketchers tote bag. Free refreshments will also be provided.
Participants are asked to register online at www.jogforjockeys.ie. Sponsorship cards are also available online and from reception in Horse Racing Ireland at Ballymany, the Curragh, Co. Kildare.
Start time for 10km run is 11am and the 5km runners will begin at 11:20am. The registration desk will open at 9.30am.
Online entry costs €20 for each run
Entry on the day costs €25
Team of five is €100, with the three best times to count
All children can take part free of charge but if they would like to be in with a chance to win a prize, they can register at the junior rate of €10.
Both the 5km and 10km will be held in the morning before The Irish Champions Weekend Trials Raceday at the Curragh Racecourse, featuring the Galileo Futurity Stakes (Group 2), Kilfrush Stud Royal Whip Stakes (Group 3) and Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger Trial.
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