Last Monday evening’s Tilly’s Rainbow Run and the Ultimate 10k, organised as part of Kesh Carnival, proved a major success, attracting up to 600 participants, as well as a large number of spectators.

Jayne Thompson, NFFC Chairperson, speaking following Tilly’s Rainbow Run, reported that the grey skies parted and the sun came out just in time for the event. 

“Tilly’s Rainbow Run is in memory of Tilly Walker who passed away almost two years ago and as she adored colour and fun, what better event could be held than a Rainbow Run,” said Jayne, who reported that last "Monday night the village of Kesh was awash in all the colours of the rainbow as 567 people of all ages and fitness levels took to the streets for the Ultimate 10k, 5k run or 3K Fun Run/Walk.” 

Jayne explained: “All proceeds from the event will once again go to the NI Children to Lapland Trust. 

“This Trust takes children with lifelong or terminal illness, or deserving children for a magical day trip to Lapland in December. 

“This year the Trust have offered the organising body North Fermanagh Fitness Club (NFFC) 10 of those places for children from Fermanagh. 

“NFFC have joined up with Willowbridge School and are working with local General Practitioners to support the selection of children,” Jayne added.

She mentioned that Gerry Kelly, former UTV host and trust of the NICLT came along to Kesh and “was blown away by the crowd that turned out and thanked the people for coming out to support the Trust and remember Tilly.”

Jayne Thompson and the principal of Willowbridge School, Julie Murphy, have both expressed their thanks to all who had taken part in this year’s run as well as to the large number of volunteers.