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Pals rally to get Ger a specialist racing chair

Ger Daly showing true grit during an athletics event in Killarney
Ger Daly showing true grit during an athletics event in Killarney

A NOVEL 5k road race, in which participants will be asked to predict the time it will take them to complete the course, is being organised to raise funds for a very worthy cause.

It will be held in support of local athlete Ger Daly who is a big 5k and 10k fan but his everyday wheelchair is not designed for racing.

His friends and local athletes are anxious to raise funds to buy him a sports wheelchair and the big event is being supported by several local clubs and race directors.

It will take place in Killarney National Park at Knockreer at 2.00pm on Sunday, December 6. The €10 entry fee will be collected on the day.

“A predict you time 5k is a perfect event for all types of runners, joggers and walkers,” said organiser Jo Harty.

“When people register on the day, they will be asked to predict what time they think it will take them to complete the 5k.

“The person who is closest to their predicted time will be the overall winner, so it doesn’t matter if they finish in 14 minutes or 55 minutes. It’s whoever guesses closest to their finishing time that will take the gold,” she said.

Despite the lack of a proper racing wheelchair, Ger Daly’s determination and true grit has already seen him complete 40 athletics events, including four 10k races and the Killarney 10-miler in September.

The 33-year-old, who shed six stone in weight since he started competing in races in 2012, remarked: “I would be hoping that using a specialist racing chair will broaden my options in terms of the length of races I could compete in.”