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rugbyMembers and supporters of Monkstown Rubgy Football Club (MRFC) got together and hit Sandymount Strand to raise much-needed funds for charity. Through the generosity of the local community, the event was an amazing success.

Sunday 19th August saw a 55-strong field of players, pavilion members, local residents and families run or walk seven kilometres at Sandymount Strand in aid of MRFC and the Irish Cancer Society.

Monkstown Communications Director Christian Kinnear said, “We are always trying to fundraise during the season but this time we wanted to spread it over the calendar year.”

Raising €1,700, the first annual Sandymount 7K was a resounding success and another sign of the club’s willingness to embrace its community, in aid of a worthy cause. “There are people who have been affected directly by cancer but it touches everyone,” Kinnear adds.

The route took in the promenade and the arc of the bay to Irishtown Wildlife Park. The only moment of controversy was when two dogs began fighting at the start line. Once a bottle of water had separated the mauling canines, the race got underway. The gallant fella who sacrificed his water was no doubt left to rue the decision later as temperatures soared.

Everyone who completed the course was presented with a certificate and celebrated after the race with a sunny afternoon’s refreshments back at headquarters.

Story by Rupert Heather