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Antrim GAA encourage public to get behind the 'Run for Anto'

Past and present Antrim GAA stars with former football captain Anto Finnegan. (Back row) Emma Kelly, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Jane Adams, Patrick McBride and Conor Murray (Front row) Declan Lynch, Anto Finnegan and Conor McKinley.

ANTRIM GAA is calling on runners, both amateur and professional, to lace up their shoes to raise money for a charity set up by the county's former captain.

The colour run 5K will see participants cross the finish line at the Fall Park in west Belfast, wearing all the colours of the rainbow while raising some much needed funds for motor neurone disease (MND).

Former Antrim captain Anto Finnegan was diagnosed with the neurological condition in August 2012, he later set up the charity deterMND, to raise money for research and awareness into the condition which currently has no known cure.

The condition causes a breakdown in signals from the brain reaching their intended muscles and eventually leads to complete immobility.

Antrim spokesperson Sean Kelly, said he was confident that the public will get behind the fundraiser on Sunday, September 23.

"Anto has tried to embrace this battle with the same strength and courage he displayed so often on the gaelic pitch, setting up support charity deterMND to try and help others who have also been affected by the condition.

"Anto has dedicated his life to his club and county and in a time of need, it is only right that we as a county come together and help him tackle this huge challenge".

Those running the race are invited to cool down afterwards at a Family Fun Day hosted by The Devenish Complex.

"We want to let Anto and his family know that the whole GAA community in Antrim are behind him so I would encourage players and supporters from clubs around the county to take part and make a difference while enjoying a great family day out," Mr Kelly said.

:: To register for the event please visit ticketsource.co.uk/runforanto registration costs £10 per runner with a discounted rate of £5 for those under 12. You can also register in store at O'Neills in the Kennedy Centre and The Devenish complex. All money raised will go directly to deterMND.

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