The biggest charity race and walk is taking place in Letterkenny tomorrow – the North West 10k, and this year it could be bigger than ever! With  an increased interest in walking, jogging and running this year’s North West 10k could see record numbers.

The North West 10k committee are encouraging as many people as possible to pre-enter this afternoon at the Letterkenny Community Centre between 3.00pm and 6.00pm. By registering this afternoon, entrants can pick up their t-shirts, numbers and chips and avoid a lot of hassle tomorrow.

It also means that all those who have pre-entered during the week can solely focus on preparing for the race and walk tomorrow. Everyone taking part is reminded to be at Letterkenny Community Centre by 1.00pm at the latest as traffic restrictions (see below) will be in place from that time on Sunday.

Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, Donegal Person of the Year, will be getting the runners underway from the start line at the Pearse Road, beside the Community Centre. While Mayor of Donegal, Cllr. Ian McGarvey, has accepted the invitation to start the walkers, who will leave from the carpark just after the runners have departed.

Over the past 18 years over €650,000 has been raised for 19 different charities by the North West 10k. This year’s two main charities are the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund. A number of other charities will also benefit by their involvement with the 10k.

Final entries will be taken at the Community Centre from 10.00am tomorrow morning. No registrations will be accepted after 1.00pm.

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS

The following traffic restrictions will be in place tomorrow –
1.00pm – 4.00pm: Pearse Road will be closed from the Station Roundabout to Reid’s Garage corner. Access to McGinley’s carpark will be left open for race participants only until 1.30pm. After this time no traffic will be allowed onto this section of the Pearse Road.

1.20pm – 2.20pm: Paddy Harte Road will be down to one lane only. There will be no right turn permitted from Paddy Harte Road onto Pearse Road.

1.30pm - 2.30pm: Port Road will be only one way from the Station Roundabout outbound to Port Bridge Roundabout.

1.45pm - 3.00pm: Pearse Road from McDonalds to Reid’s Garage corner will be down to one lane only.

2.00pm – 2.40pm: De Valera Road: No traffic permitted.

Ramelton Road will be one way only from Oatfield Roundabout to the Station Roundabout.
Other measures will also be in place to ensure the safety of participants and to keep traffic moving as freely as possible. Temporary stoppages may be experienced from 2.00pm – 3.00pm where a bulk of participants may be crossing a junction.

Motorists are advised to follow alternate route signage if possible. The North West 10k committee apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate the patience shown by motorists.

If in doubt, follow the instructions of the Gardaí or stewards who are on hand to be of assistance.

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