Oisin runs 5k for charity.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Oisin runs 5k for charity. thumbnail Oisin limbering up for his 5km run in Castlewellan in aid of Mourne Stimulus.

WHILE many children were counting down the days to Christmas, a seven-year-old Annalong boy was preparing to run 5k for charity.

That is because kind-hearted Oisin Burns asked his parents Kevin and Christine if he could complete a 5k run to raise money for local charity Mourne Stimulus.

Oisin, a pupil at St Joseph's Primary School in Ballymartin, completed what was only his second 5k Park Run on Saturday, 23 December at Castlewellan Forest Park and has not only raised around 150 for the charity, but also increased his placing by over 100 places.

Oisin's mum Christine, who owns Mourne Physiotherapy, said that she started running with her husband over a year ago.

"Oisin had seen us do it and then went out with his dad a few times.

"He told us in November that he wanted to do the 5k Park Run in Castlewellan and did really well the first time he completed it.

"Then when he was going into school one day, he said he wanted to do a run to raise money for charity," said Christine, who added that Oisin went out running "a good few times with his dad doing bits of training".

Oisin told The Outlook that he "never stopped once" throughout the 5k and even "left my daddy behind me".

"The last time I was 300 and something and on 23 December I came 100 and something," Oisin said.

In fact he ran the 5k around four minutes faster on his second attempt.

He added that he would love to do another run but this time he "wants his hand on a medal".

"We have still not totalled up how much he has got in sponsorship, as a few more people have said they want to give, but currently it is around 150," said Christine.

She added that Oisin would like to thank everyone who sponsored him to raise money for Mourne Stimulus.

Glasdrumman Youth Club, where Oisin attends on a weekly basis, said that Oisin's decision to run for charity was "an inspirational thing to do".


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