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THIS year, during the forthcoming Ballynahinch Lions’ Club’s 22nd Annual 10k & Fun Run on Saturday 16th April, starting from the Square at the Market House, the public will also be able to enjoy a rare chance to take in the beautiful Montalto Estate by donkey and trap and help raise further funds for the event’s charity, Friends of the Cancer Centre.

DONKEY & TRAP RIDES

14-year old Robert Wallace and his donkey Dennis are already taking advance bookings for rides in a new trap which holds up to a party of . He has already had a £50 vote of confidence from the icon Joanna Lumley herself whom he wrote to about his charitable work!

You can rest assured you’ll be in safe hands as he holds the British Driving Society’s carriage driving licence and is in training to teach the qualification himself.  And yes, in his spare time, he’s available for wedding and funerals!

For approximately 20 minutes, the public can enjoy a ride through the Estate’s grounds for £25 per person and help raise valuable funds for Friends of the Cancer Centre, the nominated charity for the event.  Spots are filling up fast and advance booking is recommended, so make sure to secure your booking by calling Amanda today on 078 8097 7101.

RACE REGISTERING

The 10K and Fun Race start at 2.30pm beside the Market House at the Square.  Both finish at the main gates of Montalto Estate.  Registration is available on the day before 2.00pm in the Community Centre, but increased fees apply.

At the launch of the Ballynahinch fun run were Dr Richard Harrison, Ballynahinch Lions, and Kelly Donnelly, Friends of the Cancer Centre.

Participants can register in advance for the 10K (over 16’s only) via www.niathletics.org by Monday 11th April.

The fee for unregistered athletes is £12.50 and £11.50 for registered athletes.

On the day registration is £15.

Advance registration fees for the Fun Run are £5 for over 16s and £3 for under 16’s and senior citizens.

On the day fees are £7 and £5, respectively.

Entry forms for the 10K and Fun Run are available from:

*   Ballynahinch Community Centre : tel. 9756 1950

*   Alan McKendry (Spa Business Services):  tel. 9756 2886

*   Jimmy Anderson: tel. 9756 3464

All competitors are asked to check their personal fitness before registering and if they are is any doubt to consult with their doctor.

All entry forms should be returned to Ballynahinch Community Centre with fees.

There are nine different race categories from professional runner to fancy dress, bringing everything from excitement to style and colour to the day.

Remember on the day you can also enjoy music by the Bailies Mills Accordion Band, face painting and a display by the local Fire Service.

So ensure 16th April is in your diary for a date in Ballynahinch.

Enjoy a donkey ride in Montalto Park after the Ballynahinch fun run and support Friends of the Cancer Centre.