Cork Rebel Run is back!

By Geraldine Fitzgerald

After a year-long absence due to Covid-19, the 9th annual Cork Rebel Run will take place on Sunday 7 November.

“The last 18 months have been very tough on people with limited events taking place, so we felt it was important to get the Rebel Run back on the calendar as soon as possible to help kick start being active again for many people in Cork,” said Clair Hurley of Cork Sports Partnership. “We are delighted to able to bring back the Cork Rebel Run!”

The organising committee of Cork Sports Partnership, Leisureworld Cork and Munster Technological University Cork will welcome a collective 600 runners across the 5k and 10k routes in what will be reduced capacity event for 2021. This year, the event serves as the culmination point of the Couch to 5k and Rebel Run a Mile Challenge programmes coordinated by Cork Sports Partnership.

The eight-week Couch to 5k programme is running in 10 venues across Cork and has over 180 people taking part. The Rebel Run a Mile Challenge has provided over 400 people with disabilities with the opportunity to get active in a supportive environment.

“These programmes are an important part of our work to help get people more active and involved in athletics,” explained Cork Athletics Development Officer Craig Harrington. “For many, the Rebel Run and Rebel Run a Mile events will provide participants with their first opportunity to take part in an event following completion of their introductory programmes. We are delighted by the response to date and look forward to welcoming all our participants to MTU and local venues throughout the course of the week.”

The event also coincides with the launch of Sport Ireland’s Let’s Get Back campaign which is encouraging people to get back to the sport and physical activity that they enjoy.

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