Warming up for The Great Pink Run this October

Preparations for this year’s Great Pink Run with Glanbia went up a gear in The Set in Langton’s, Kilkenny, on September 12, as the great and the good jogged in to hear the latest on all things fitness, nutrition, health, exercise and wellness ahead of the event in the Castle on October 20. Kilkenny’s Aut Even Hospital (associate sponsors of the run) hosted The Warm Up, where a panel of experts included dietitian and TV personality Aoife Hearne, Physiotherapy Manager of Aut Even Hospital Jane Campbell, personal trainer Anthony Doyle, and Corporate Communications Manager of Glanbia PLC and breast cancer advocate Naoise Coogan.

Those in attendance were treated to delicious canapés and refreshments on arrival, followed by a great discussion. Newstalk Breakfast’s Kieran Cuddihy took on on MC duties and quizzed each of the panellists on their area of expertise and the latest thinking on running, exercise and diet. Breast Cancer Ireland CEO Aisling Hurley updated those present on the latest research into breast cancer and where the monies raised is being spent.

Aut Even Hospital CEO Margaret Swords commented, “Aut Even are delighted to host this evening’s Warm Up event in the run up to the Great Pink Run. This is our third year sponsoring this truly worthy event, which raises money for research into breast cancer. It has become something much more for our employees. It is a great social day out with colleagues, friends and families, competing and showing great imagination in how they wear pink on the day, with the incredible Castle Gardens as our backdrop. We are thrilled that the event is now international, and we send our good wishes to all those taking part in the inaugural run in Chicago on October 5.”

 It is expected that over 10,000 men, women and children will take part in the annual Great Pink Run with Glanbia across three locations, with the aim of raising funds to support Breast Cancer Ireland’s pioneering research and awareness programmes. Now in its ninth year, the series will kick off on Saturday, October 5, in Chicago’s Diversey Harbor. The pink movement will land back in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on October 19 and to Kilkenny’s Castle Park on October 20.

Commenting on the ninth year of the Great Pink Run, Aisling Hurley said, “We are delighted with the success of the Great Pink Run and the fact that it has gone from strength to strength, raising over €1.7m to fund research and awareness programmes nationwide. We hope that by bringing our pink movement to the United States that we will make a substantial impact through the collaborations that we undertake, which in turn will significantly change the landscape of this disease into the future.”

Between 30%-50% of all cancer cases are preventable, according to the World Health Organisation, which claims that regular physical activity and the maintenance of healthy body weight, along with healthy diet, can considerably reduce cancer risk.

Michael Patten, Group HR and Corporate Affairs Director of Glanbia plc. commented, “Good nutrition and fitness are widely recognised as helping to protect against cancer and support overall health and wellbeing. We are very proud once again to be involved with this fantastic event that supports the pioneering research work of Breast Cancer Ireland. Many of us in Glanbia are getting back into training and look forward to welcoming and creating a competitive challenge with our colleagues across Ireland and in Chicago for this year’s Great Pink Run.”

Breast Cancer Ireland aims to transform the landscape of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment through ongoing pioneering research that will ultimately transform this disease from often being fatal into a long-term treatable illness.

Registrations for this year’s Great Pink Run are now open at www.greatpinkrun.ie

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