This year’s Ballymacoda 4 Mile Road Race will take place on Friday, 17 May. Those who wish to walk the 4 mile loop will be setting out at 6.30pm, with runners taking their starting positions at 8pm. Entry fees are €10 for runners and €5 walkers. Children are free and each child will get a medal after completing the course. Each walker will also be entered into a free draw for a fabulous €300 Irish Ferries voucher.
Now in its 7th year, the Ballymacoda 4 Mile Road Race continues to grow in popularity. Each race over the last 7 years has raised funds for sports equipment for the local Kilcredan National School. This year however, all proceeds will be donated to the Ella Dempsey fund.
Ella (8) is a local girl battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that grows in bones and soft tissue surrounding them. While it can develop at any age, it is more common in children and young adults. With the help of fundraising and The Gavin Glynn Foundation, Ella’s family had the opportunity to travel to Germany for proton therapy. This therapy had been widely used to focus a beam of protons to target the DNA of cancerous cells, ultimately destroying their reproductive abilities. Following this treatment, the family will travel to Birmingham for surgery.
Speaking with The East Cork Journal one of the organising committee, Anne-Marie Holland said, “The Ballymacoda 4 Mile race has always been a great event. The atmosphere and fun has grown with each year and we’ve been able to help the local National School in Kilcredan with past proceeds. This year, we really hope that the supporters and participants will be out in force as we focus our fundraising on our local girl, Ella Dempsey. The local community and road race community alike feel both honoured and duty bound to help support Ella and her family. Please come along and participate to help the Dempsey family, and at the same time have some good fun”.