Annual Robbie Steele Memorial 4 Mile Road Race Takes Place This Evening

By Alan Sheehan


The annual Robbie Steele Memorial 4 Mile Road Race, formally the annual Corkbeg 4 Mile Road Race, takes place this evening, Thursday 6 July.
Whitegate National School will serve as race headquarters where participants can register prior to the races separate start times of 7pm for walkers and 8pm for runners. The entry fee for each is €5 with the proceeds from both going towards the Children’s Leukaemia Association, Cork (CLA, Cork).
The annual road race, renamed in honour of Robbie Steele, who passed away following a car accident in 2014, will be held in conjunction with East Cork Athletic Club and takes place in Whitegate. Post-race refreshments will be provided by the local community and the Whitegate Residents’ Association and will be available at the school.
“We are very much looking forward to the race on Thursday,” said Aileen Stafford-Steele, mother of the late Robbie Steele. “Everybody is welcome to participate and raise money for a very good cause. People can register prior to the race at 7pm for walkers and before 8pm for runners. Afterwards there will be teas, coffees and a barbeque organised by Ursula and her team of local residents. They do Trojan work and the barbeque is always amazing.”
The previous year saw hundreds of athletics partake in the four-mile event, which was then fundraising for East Cork Rapid Response and Motor Neurone Disease. The change in this year’s beneficiaries is due to Mrs Stafford-Steele and her husband Ollie Steele knowing some young people suffering from leukaemia who are being supported by CLA Cork.
Prizes will be given to the first four individual men and women, with category prizes award to the first and second men in the over-45 and over-40 categories and the first man in the over-50, over-55 and over-60 categories. The first and second women in the over-40 and over-35 categories will received prizes, as will the first woman in each of the over-45, over-50 and over-55.