Jog for Jockeys are delighted to announce that their inaugural 5k Jog for Jockeys which took place on the 21st of August earlier this year raised €25,000 for the Injured Jockeys Fund, the cheque was handed over by some of Ireland’s top Flat Jockeys at Naas races today (inc Kevin Manning, Pat Smullen, Wayne Lordan, Joseph O’Brien, etc).
Amongst the well known faces that ran the 5k earlier this year were:- Jockeys Barry Geraghty, Gary Carroll, Shane Foley, Andrew Duff, Andrew McNamara, Ben Curtis, Wayne Lordan and Nina Carberry. Trainers Gordon Elliot, Willie McCreery and Conor O’Dwyer. RTE’s Hector O’hEochagain and Shane O’Donoghue, Rugby’s Mick O’Driscoll. RACE students, Derrinstown, etc.
Organiser, Audrey O’Dwyer said:- “We’re were delighted to have raised €25,000 for a very worthy cause, the Injured Jockeys Fund, we had over 700 people take part at the 5 racecourses. We will be running the event again next year on Sunday 29th July and imagine that it will grow even more; so far the confirmed tracks are The Curragh, Leopardstown, and Limerick, the final courses will be confirmed soon. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the runners, the volunteers who assisted on the day and in the build up, the five racecourses that we ran on and all our Sponsors.”
Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Turf Club Senior Medical Officer said:- “Thank you to all who supported the ‘Jog for Jockeys’, by doing so you supported the bravest men and women in Irish sport. Every time they mount a horse to provide you and I with the enjoyment – the buzz and thrill – we all get from racing, they are putting their bodies on the line. What other sportsperson has a minimum of two ambulances and a doctor travelling behind them as they participate? Our riders travel at 35-40 miles per hour on a half ton of horsepower with the risk of falling at anytime from a height of three metres. I was delighted to take part at the Naas Jog for Jockeys along with Kildangan’s Joe Osborne, Trainers Dick Brabazon and Willie McCreery and lots of Jockeys and racing fans. There was a real feel good factor at the event and hopefully it will be a successful fundraiser for years to come.”