Cork City to honour Liam Miller's memory with charity 5k run this July

Cork City to honour Liam Miller's memory with charity 5k run this July
Liam Miller under pressure from Denmark's Peter Benjaminsen during an Irish U21 friendly international at Turner's Cross. Picture: Dan LInehan

CORK City, in association with Marymount, are organising another Liam Miller Memorial 5K Run at the end of July.

Miller, an Irish international from underage to senior, had a hugely successful professional career and carried himself with a touch of class on and off the field. 

The Ovens native was a fine GAA player in his youth but once he joined Ballincollig AFC, at the relatively late age of 13 have never played organised soccer before, his crisp playmaking and incredible engine marked him down as one to watch.

That led him to Celtic, where he hit the net in the Champions League, before stints with Man United, Sunderland, Leeds and Cork City among others.

Liam Miller in 2003 for Celtic. Picture: Phil Cole/Getty Images
Liam Miller in 2003 for Celtic. Picture: Phil Cole/Getty Images

Tragically, Miller died from cancer in 2018, leaving behind his wife and three children, and his devastated parents, siblings, and extended family and friends. 

He received a suitable tribute with a Man United 11 and an Irish selection clashed at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, in a historic sell-out, and City are ensuring he is remembered annually with the 5K run. 

The current plan is to run the event at the club's Bishopstown Training Ground in Curraheen on Sunday, July 26. 

However, if the Covid-19 restrictions are still in place, they will instead opt for a virtual 5K Run to raise money for a vital cause and to honour the memory of the brilliant midfielder who was taken far too young by cancer.

Entry is €10 for adults, €5 for U16s and €20 for a family entry (two adults and two U16). 

Registration is on Eventbrite or through CCFC.ie/5k.

Runners take off at the start of the Liam Miller 5k Memorial Run. Picture: Doug Minihane
Runners take off at the start of the Liam Miller 5k Memorial Run. Picture: Doug Minihane

“This fundraiser has become a staple on our calendar of community and charity work. We're proud to work with Marymount and also honour Liam Miller," Cork City chairman Declan Carey said.

"This event takes an enormous effort from all the club's volunteers and whether this takes place as a virtual event or the more traditional style race, I'm sure it will be a great success as always and raise vital funds.” 

Bridie Miller, Liam’s mother said the family are looking forward to the now annual event. 

"We are very pleased that Cork City FC and Marymount are working together to remember Liam and to raise money for very worthwhile causes. We would encourage people to participate or contribute if they are able to do so.” 

John Kennedy, head of the organising committee said: “This event has now become established in the calendar, and we are very much looking forward to it once again. Unfortunately, with the current Covid-19 situation, we do not know whether it will be a physical event or a virtual one but, either way, we are proud to remember Liam and to run this important fundraiser.”

Liam Miller in action for Cork City against Longford Town in 2010. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Liam Miller in action for Cork City against Longford Town in 2010. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The 5K is for both serious and casual runners, wheelchair rollers, and walkers, of any age. They have a €100 prize for first place, €50 for second place and €25 for third place, for both male and female categories. 

The first place U16 male and first place U16 female will receive a €25 voucher each.  Over 20 other spot prizes will also be given out.

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