Athletics legend launches 5k run in Portlaoise College

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan


Anne Keenan Buckley with Portlaoise College students

Portlaoise College is holding its first Couch to 5k run and it enlisted the special help of Laois athletics legend, Olympian Anne Keenan Buckley to launch it.

Ms Buckley who ran the 3000m runner in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, visited the school last week to share a word of motivation with the students.

She was impressed with the number of students participating and urged them to use the school's athletics track as much as possible.

“This might open the door to any number of sports. It’s great to have a track available to you,” she said.

Laois county hurler and geography teacher Matthew Whelan also spoke to the students.

“Exercise can be a great release for all and a great way of clearing the head,” he said.

He told the students about how getting out and getting active is beneficial not just to the young but for teachers also.

“A habit of a lifetime can start today,” he said.

The initiative was organised by teacher Sean O’Neill who took up running in recent years. Training for the 5k is already well underway in the school ahead of the official launch.

“The students have been embracing the challenge and getting out and getting active is something taken very seriously these days,” he said.

The 5krun will take place on Frida,y April 12, good luck to all.