Over 1,500 people took part over the last couple of years and and raised €55,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund. This year, we are going for one big one at Naas Racecourse on 27th August and we hope you can join us, you can run or walk – its a great family day out for a good cause.
Amongst the participants in the ‘Jog for Jockey’s were well known faces including jockeys Barry Geraghty, Ruby Walsh, Jamie Codd, Katie Walsh, Nina Carberry, Gary Carroll, Shane Foley, and Wayne Lordan; Trainers Gordon Elliot, Willie McCreery, Johnny Murtagh, Ken Condon,and Conor O’Dwyer; RTE’s Hector O’hEochagain and Shane O’Donoghue; Rugby’s Mick O’Driscoll and actor/comedian Paddy Courtney.
The racing industry came out in force to support this year’s Jog for Jockeys charity 5km and 10km, in aid of Irish Injured Jockeys. Twenty-nine current and former jockeys and a number of leading trainers were among the many industry names in the 400 plus crowd taking part in the sixth annual Jog For Jockeys charity fundraiser at the Curragh Racecourse on Sunday August 21st.
The first five runners home in the 5km race are all involved in racing. Kevin Coleman, ex-jockey was first past the post in a time of 17:43, followed by David Brogan in 17:55, Keith Donoghue in 17:59, jockey’s agent Garry Cribbin in 18:16 and Matthew Bowes in a respectable 18:51. Sorcha Maloney was the first female to cross the 5km line in a time of 20:47.
Patrick O’Connor was first across the line in the 10km race with an impressive time of 35:47. Maria Snell was the first female home in the 10km with a time of 44:19. Maria also won the race in 2015. Defending his 10km title, Shane Foley had to settle for a dead-heat with Ronan Whelan in this year’s 10km renewal, in a time of 49:30.
Other former and current jockeys taking part in the 5km and 10km were Billy Lee, Derek McCormack, Jonathan Burke, Denis Hogan, Gary Carroll, Conor Hoban, Garett Cotter, Michael Hussey, Ross Coakley, Aine O’Connor, Niall ‘Slippers’ Madden and his brother Tom, David Mullins and his cousin Danny, and JP McNamara. Current champion Point-To-Point Rider Jamie Codd and his wife Robyn took part with the youngest Jog for Jockeys competitor, their three-week old daughter, Lottie.
Johnny Murtagh and his daughter Grace, David Casey and his daughter Clodagh and Sandra Hughes and her daughter Alexandra all crossed the 5km line together in their respective pairs. Ruby Walsh and his daughters were on hand to cheer on wife and mum Gillian. RTE’s Anne Cassin also ran the 5km in support of Irish Injured Jockeys. Renowned equine artist and Jog For Jockeys regular, Peter Curling crossed the line with Irish Thoroughbred Chairman, Dermot Cantillon.
The 5km team event was won by ‘Diamond Geezers’ – lead by former jockey Kevin Coleman and his friends Declan Ryan, Harry Shearman, Joe O’Connor and Patrick Diamond.
The first racing yard home in the 5km race was Dermot Weld’s ‘Rhode Runners’ which included David Brogan, Derek McCormack, Ian McDonnell, Harzand’s work rider Dean Sinnott and Harzand’s groom Patrick Murray.
Other racing teams that took part were from Willie McCreery’s, Gordon Elliott’s, Dick Brabazon’s, Michael O’Callaghan’s and Denis Hogan’s yards. The Curragh Racecourse and Horse Racing Ireland were also represented.
Michael Higgins, Irish Injured Jockeys General Manager,said: “I want to say a massive thank you to all the runners and volunteers who turned up to support Jog For Jockeys on Sunday. It wouldn’t have happened without them all. There was a great atmosphere and I was overwhelmed by the turn-out. It was great to see so much competition between all the jockeys, especially in the 5km team event.”