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Runners light the way for paralysis research

THOUSANDS of runners gathered on Dublin's quays last night to run in the dark as part of a campaign to raise awareness for paralysis.

Adventurer Mark Pollock led the runners from the start on a 5km an 10km run that took place in 40 cities worldwide.

More than 15,000 people took part globally, with more than 7,500 registered for the Dublin leg.


Mark, who was blind at the age of 22 but went on to compete in endurance races around the world, said it was great the some many people were on hand to support the fourth year of The Mark Pollock Trust's Run in the Dark.

"This is now the biggest that the event has ever been.

"It really is more of an event than a run now because we have a band or drummers and people juggling and it's a great atmosphere," he added.

Nurse Nicola Pleskach (20), from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, said that she wanted to take part because she was inspired by Mark.

Deirdre Hynes (22) from Athlone is also a nurse and works with people with spinal injures.

"It really is important that people support the research behind it," she said.