3-1-17 Marcus Horan launches the Milford Hospice 10K Run/Walk Sunday the 29th of January 2017.
Picture: Keith Wiseman

Marcus Horan, former Ireland and Munster Rugby Player and now Head Coach of Shannon RFC, launched the Milford Hospice 10km fundraising event that aims to raise funds for Milford Hospice.
The 10km Run/Walk, now in its fifth year will take place on Sunday, January 29th at the University of Limerick with a start time of 12 noon.
Marcus explained, “I am delighted to be associated with the launch of the 10km and with so many people getting fit after all the Christmas festivities and with New Year resolutions in place, sure what better way to start the New Year than by participating in the Milford Hospice 10km fun run/walk.”  “Staff operating at this wonderful hospice serving the Mid-West and its staff working within the Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary Hospice at Home Teams do an amazing job.  I encourage everyone to participate – bring your friends, family, neighbours – everyone is welcome to come out and support Milford Hospice,” he said.
The 10km is open to runners and walkers of all levels and abilities with all of the proceeds going directly to Milford Hospice.
Pat Quinlan, Chief Executive of Milford Care Centre outlined, “This event has become a popular fun activity with participants growing on an annual basis, last year saw a record number with over 1,700 take part which is truly amazing.”  Pat went on to explain, “Fundraising support has become even more imperative with the building of our new purpose specialist hospice unit, which is expected to be completed before the end of 2017.  This year, Milford is celebrating 40 years of Hospice Care provision in the Mid-West and what better way to acknowledge the wonderful pioneering work of the founders, the Little Company of Mary, than to have in place this new state of the art in-patient facility to serve the people of the Mid West into the future.” Pat added that “The key drivers for this new and expanded single patient room development are to ensure that the privacy and dignity needs for each individual patient we serve are fully met and that our increased bed capacity will help us deliver more responsive and ready access for patients into the future. We pride ourselves in delivering services of the highest quality and standards to the people of the Mid West and this is helped greatly by the ongoing generosity of the general public. Therefore, events such as our 10km, can really be of benefit to Milford Hospice and we would appeal to the community to join in on the day by jogging, running or walking with us, in support of the work we do.
The 10km route will congregate on the UL Plaza for warm up prior to winding its way round the campus and Plassey Road before finishing on the UL track.
Early-bird registration fee is €20 and is now open, early registration is encouraged on or for further details contact the Fundraising Department on (061) 485860.  The technical running tops are again kindly sponsored by Regeneron and are available to the first 1,500 who register online.