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5km Jog For Jockeys – This Sunday – 29th July 2012


Takes place at 12 noon (Curragh, Leopadstown or Limerick) The 2012 ‘Jog for Jockeys’ 5km run will be held at 12 noon on Sunday 29th July at Limerick, Leopardstown and The Curragh racecourses. 7-time Irish Champion Jockey, Ruby Walsh, 17-time British Champion Jockey, AP McCoy, and local leading jockey Andrew McNamara will be in attendance at Limerick racecourse. Actor and ex-comedian, Paddy Courtney, and world-famous jockey, Johnny Murtagh, will be supporting the fundraising event at The Curragh. Musician Mick Foster of Foster & Allen and Champion National Hunt Jockey, Davy Russell, will be in attendance at Leopardstown.

You can register on the Run Ireland website at: www.runireland.com/forms/jog-jockeys-2012

Last year over 780 people took part and raised €25,000 for the Irish Jockeys Accident Fund. The Irish Jockeys Accident Fund is dedicated to helping injured jockeys when ever needed and has helped more than 1,000 jockeys over 40 years who have had their careers ended due to injury.

Organiser, Audrey O’Dwyer said: – “We are delighted to be running the ‘Jog for Jockeys’ again this year. Participation costs only €25 and includes a goodie bag and T-shirt. You can enter online at www.jogforjockeys.ie. Just like last year there will be a great atmosphere on the three courses and we really do want people to take part – you can walk or run it, it’s really all about participation!”

Paddy Courtney said: – “I met one of my all time racing heroes, Johnny Murtagh, along with bunch of talented riders, young and not so young at the Curragh, who all helped to make some noise about the ‘Jog For Jockey’s on 29th of July. As a lifelong racing fanatic, I’m delighted to be able to help out the Irish Injured Jockey’s fund, by jogging a simple 5km, and you can help too by logging onto www.jogforjockeys.ie for further details.”

Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club Senior Medical Officer said: – "Thank you to all who support ‘Jog for Jockeys’. By doing so you supported the bravest men and women in Irish sport. Every time they mount a horse to provide you and I with the enjoyment – the buzz and thrill – we all get from racing, they are putting their bodies on the line. What other sportsperson has a minimum of two ambulances and a doctor travelling behind them as they participate? Our riders travel at 35-40 miles per hour on a half ton of horsepower with the risk of falling at anytime from a height of three metres. Last year saw two of our Flat jockeys suffer very serious injuries. Among our National Hunt jockeys we recorded 13 cases of concussion, 36 fractures and multiple other injuries. Apart from the contributions to the Injured Jockeys Fund from owners, trainers and jockeys etc, fundraisers such as this are essential to maintain sufficient funds to support our jockeys when out injured and pay appropriate medical expenses. I was delighted to take part last year, there was a real feel good factor at the event and hopefully it will be a successful fundraiser for years to come.”

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Last year’s runners:- Amongst the 780 participants in the inaugural ‘Jog for Jockey’s were well known faces including jockeys Barry Geraghty, Katie Walsh, Nina Carberry, Gary Carroll, Shane Foley, Andrew Duff, Andrew McNamara, Ben Curtis and Wayne Lordan; Trainers Gordon Elliot, Willie McCreery and Conor O’Dwyer; RTE’s Hector O’hEochagain and Shane O’Donoghue; Rugby’s Mick O’Driscoll. RACE apprentice jockeys and staff from Derrinstown Stud.