Cormac Run Back with a Bang

The starter’s gun is ready to fire again for the 2019 Cormac Run. Attracting runners from all over Ulster to the village of Eglish on Saturday 27 April, this year’s event will once again feature a 10k Race and 5k Fun Run for charitable causes.

Over the last decade the Cormac Run has become an annual event, run jointly between St Patrick’s GAA Club, Eglish, and the Cormac Trust. Since the untimely death of Cormac McAnallen in 2004, the Trust has worked to raise awareness of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) among young people, to promote cardiac screening, and to provide defibrillators and first-aid training. Having supplied hundreds of defibrillators and training to some 1,500 people, the Trust has helped to save several lives.

In addition to highlighting the Trust’s work, this year’s run will contribute funds towards funding a new doctor’s post, working in Belfast with a specialist investigative team leading research into SADS from this summer onwards.

Over 400 people participated in the 2018 event, and the registrations are already coming in fast for this year. The race organisers are confident the event will attract widespread support throughout the community, as an occasion to run for worthy causes, in the memory of a local hero. Brian Murtagh, club chairman added:

“The Cormac Run is a very important occasion locally. It’s an occasion when family, friends, and admirers of the late Cormac McAnallen come together, along with others who simply want to run, and create a real carnival atmosphere in the village. As it’s now fifteen years since he died, we would like people to come in large numbers, run to their best ability like Cormac used to, and create new positive memories.”

Starting in Eglish at 10 a.m., runners will make a circuit of the local area before crossing the finishing line in the village. Registration for the headline 10k race costs £15, and the 5k fun run entry fee is £10, while a family registration is £20 and Under-16 5k entry is charged at £5.

It is hoped that runners or walkers taking part in the event will collect sponsorship in advance.

To register for the 10k Race or 5k Run, you can either

1)    Register on-line at

2) Contact the Cormac Trust on 02837547721, email at

3) Register on the morning of the event, with registration open from 8am to 9.30am.

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