For the benefit of those of you that weren't able to attend the Run for Paul or are not on Facebook, I'm sharing a post which I made last night. This event displayed everything that is good and positive about the running community in Northern Ireland and made me proud to be part of our fabulous sport.
"And now for some positive running news. After the debacle that occurred on Sunday I thought it might be a good time to share some good news that might restore faith in the running community in Northern Ireland.
On Sunday 28th June many friends and fellow runners participated in the Run for Paul at Delamont Park. The event was organised at very short notice - just over two weeks - to try to raise funds to enable Paul Brannigan to get radical treatment for a rare lung disease following his two year battle with cancer.
Over 170 runners turned out on the day, including Paul himself, and many more took part in a virtual run that was organised for those that couldn't be present on the day, with people running in America, Majorca, Tenerife, Germany, England and various locations in Northern Ireland.
Donations have continued to come in since the event and I'm delighted to say that to date I have £4,308 and am expecting further donations in the coming days. A total of £845 of that sum has been raised via the virtual run.
Apart from the fabulous amount raised, the day itself was a huge success and exemplified everything that is good about our sport.
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported the event in any way at all, from those who attended, donated, marshalled, made food for the post-run festivities.
Grateful thanks to Katrina from Wrap and Roll and Hendersons for the water, Podium 4 Sport, and Michael Jenkins from Pure Running for the generous prizes and numerous spot prizes, and of course the legendary Joe Quinn for his help in securing the venue and organising the permit.
There are too many more people to name individually, but you all know who you are and I hope I have conveyed my thanks to you personally.
Many of you on here participated in the virtual run and I will be posting the details of that in the next couple of days when I've updated everyone's run.
Andy, and anyone else that was there today, please see the notice below. I went along this morning to observe and reported my findings as a member of the ANI road running and cross country committee. It was shameful.
Having met with the race organisers prior to the event, Athletics Northern Ireland went through thorough discussions on the required policies of obtaining a race permit licence.
Athletics Northern Ireland clearly indicated important points such as adequate marshaling, water stations, portable toilets, registrations and following through with information such as prizes if this has been clearly stated prior to the race entry.
We advised the race organisers prior to the race of the benefits of accurate route measurements and therefore can confirm that the race was accurately measured. However, we have been informed that this changed slightly on the day, for reasons that surpass us.
It completely disheartens us that, what we were falsely lead to believe from the Titanic Half Marathon and 10K event organisers has not been fulfilled to the utmost highest standards to make this an enjoyable race for both runners and marshals/volunteers.
In light of this, representatives from Athletics Northern Ireland attended today’s event and assured us that this matter will be brought to the board of Athletics Northern Ireland pending further investigation.
We would like to take this moment to apologise for the unsatisfactory experience you have received, and would like to point out that, this event bares no relation to that of our highly prestigious and efficiently run TQ10K.
Paul - I know that Martin and DS are both away on holiday at the minute and I think that One2Escape is also out of the country. I was going to say that Kenny is out of action following his nasty accident last week, but I see that he has posted above in the meantime. We had the pleasure of Kenny's company over the weekend and I learned that the accident was much nastier than I had realised from his previous post.
My excuse is that I've been particularly busy the past couple of weeks with helping at the Airport Run, Round The Bridges, Ards Half Marathon, the Comber Potato Run and of course the Run for Paul.
I was planning to post on here later the total amount raised both from the event itself and the virtual run - money is still coming in for the virtual run so I'm going to do a final tally this evening. Thank you to everyone that participated in any way at all - the support has been tremendous.
Hoping to see a few of you at the 'Run for Paul' in the morning. For those of you that can't make it but are doing the 'virtual run' could you let me know what distance and where you'll be doing it if you haven't already done so. So far there are almost 40 registered for this with runners taking part in Florida, England, Scotland, Germany, Washing DC, Majorca and the Antrim coast.
Don't forget to send me your finish times so that I can include you in the results.