***REPRO FREE*** 12th September 2017 Comedy duo, ÔThe 2 JohnniesÕ got down and dirty to launch DÕhillbillies Mud Run 2017, which takes place on Saturday, October 21st in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork. Organised by Mitchelstown Lions Club and Curraghgulla Community Group, DÕhillbillies Mud Run will raise funds for The Mercy Cancer Appeal. Participants, over 16 years of age, can choose to tackle either 6km or 12km of mucky fun which will see them run, crawl, scramble and slide over obstacles at Gortnahown Farm overlooking the Galtee Mountains. Register at www.mercyfundraising.ie. Photo: Cathal Noonan

On Saturday, October 21st, adrenaline junkies are invited to get down and dirty at ‘D’hillbillies Mud Run’ in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation.

Comedy duo, ‘The 2 Johnnies’ got down and dirty to launch the fourth annual mud run which will see over 1,000 thrill seekers descend on Gortnahown Farm in Mitchelstown this October to tackle 6km or 12kms of muddy fun, that will see them run, crawl, scramble and slide over and under obstacles throughout the wet and wild course overlooking the Galtee Mountains.

D’hillbillies Mud Run, is open to anyone over 16 with a reasonable level of fitness. Entry is €35 per individual; while the cost for teams of 6 – 19 people is €33 per person; and for teams with over 20 members, the cost is just €30 per person plus one free entry. Anyone who registers online at www.mercyfundraising.ie will receive a specially commissioned D’hillbillies souvenir shirt. Participants can also register on the day, but must arrive at least an hour before your preferred time to secure a place. Registration opens 9am and the first fun wave starts at 10.30am and in 15 minute intervals until 1pm.

Since its inception in 2014, this popular annual event, which is organised by Mitchelstown Lions Club and Curraghgulla Community Group, has raised over €51,000 for The Mercy Cancer Appeal. This appeal aims to fund key services and advancements in the treatment of, and research into many cancers; and in particular The Mercy Cancer CARE Centre, which will provide a quiet, safe place for patients and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis to come to receive support through their cancer journey.

Speaking about how funds will be used, Deirdre Finn, Community and Events Fundraiser, The Mercy Hospital Foundation said “With one in three people in Ireland expected to have cancer at some point in their lives, it is likely that we or someone close to us will have the experience of sitting in a consultation room, being given devastating news. The Mercy Hospital Foundation is building a specialised Cancer CARE Centre that will provide a quiet, safe place for patients and families dealing with a cancer diagnosis to come to receive support on their cancer journey, and funds raised through this event will go towards the building of the Mercy Cancer CARE centre”

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