Ruby Walsh under starter’s orders for Jog for Jockeys

Ruby Walsh with apprentice jockeys, from left, Cian Walsh, from Donadea, Co Kildare, Nessa O'Brien, from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, and Lisa Marie Owens, from Kilmead, Co Kildare, in attendance at the Jog for Jockeys 5km and 10km launch at R.A.C.E., Curragh House, in Kildare Town, Co Kildare. PICTURE: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Ruby Walsh with apprentice jockeys, from left, Cian Walsh, from Donadea, Co Kildare, Nessa O'Brien, from Nenagh, Co Tipperary, and Lisa Marie Owens, from Kilmead, Co Kildare, in attendance at the Jog for Jockeys 5km and 10km launch at R.A.C.E., Curragh House, in Kildare Town, Co Kildare. PICTURE: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
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Eleven-time Champion National Hunt Jockey Ruby Walsh was joined by trainee jockeys from RACE - Racing Academy and Centre of Education to launch the Jog for Jockeys 5km & 10km races at the Curragh Racecourse on Sunday 21st August. All monies raised will be donated to the Irish Injured Jockeys.

These unique 5km and 10km runs allows participants to walk, jog or run on the iconic Curragh plains including running up the home-straight of the Curragh Racecourse – following in the hoof-prints of famous racehorses such as Nijinsky, Shergar, Sinndar, Galileo, Grey Swallow and current Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Champion, Harzand.

“The Jog for Jockeys is a pretty special race, allowing runners and racing fans access to the world-famous Curragh Racecourse to run with lots of top jockeys and trainers. The 10km route is a great cross-country test for the more serious runner, while the 5km is perfect for fun runners and their families.”

Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh, Champion National Hunt Jockey and Irish Injured Jockeys Chairman, said: “The Jog for Jockeys is a pretty special race, allowing runners and racing fans access to the world-famous Curragh Racecourse to run with lots of top jockeys and trainers. The 10km route is a great cross-country test for the more serious runner, while the 5km is perfect for fun runners and their families. The Injured Jockeys is such an important charity which supports our jockeys while they are out of action so I hope to see lots of runners, joggers and walkers at the start line on Sunday 21 of August.”

All runners who pre-register online will receive a race t-shirt and will be provided with timing chips to record accurate race times.

Participants are asked to register online at www.jogforjockeys.ie. Sponsorship cards are also available online and from reception in Horse Racing Ireland at Ballymany, the Curragh, Co Kildare.

Start time for 10km run is 11am and the 5km runners will begin at 11.20am.