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Rebel Run A Mile Challenge 2020


Cork Sports Partnership Launch Rebel Run A Mile 2020!

Cork Sports Partnership are delighted to launch the new and improved Rebel Run A Mile 2020 in conjunction with sponsors, Boston Scientific. Building on the success of recent years, the Rebel Run A Mile Challenge is a 6 week walk to jog programme supporting participants to build up to completing one mile by the end of the 6 weeks. 

Cork Sports Partnership has worked closely with disability services across Cork to redesign and reinvent the programme to suit the current environment. As a result of the newly developed programme, there has been an increase in the interest and engagement, from participants and staff in disability services which is welcomed by all the organisers and sponsors. 

Over 180 adults from 6 disability services throughout Cork City and County have registered to participate in the Rebel Run A Mile 2020. These services include;

  • St. Josephs Charleville
  • CoAction West Cork 
  • St. Raphaels Foundation Youghal 
  • COPE Foundation
  • L'Arche Cork 

“We, at Boston Scientific are both honoured and privileged to be involved in this wonderful programme which strives to encourage people of various abilities to stay active across Cork County. It is truly inspirational the work that goes into making this programme bigger and better every year. All at Boston Scientific are looking forward to supporting the programme virtually this year. Derrine Dwyer, Site Lead of LEAD (Leadership, Education & Allies for Disabilities) in Boston Scientific.

A key addition and success to this year’s programme has been the upskilling and empowerment of disability service staff. 31 staff registered and participated in training organised and provided by Cork Sports Partnership. This empowerment aims to create a culture of activity in services leading to greater sustainability of physical activity opportunities.


Kate Feeney, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer highlighted ‘We were delighted to bring a group of lead staff from disability services together to help design a quality and valuable programme that meets the needs of the participants. It is our goal together with the disability service staff to provide a safe, fun and enjoyable experience for all. We are proud to be able to roll this programme out with the support of all the leaders in the services'.

All participants will receive the following:

  • Rebel Run A Mile Training Booklet
  • Access to Tutor Led Videos (led by a qualified and trained CSP Tutor)
  • Rebel Run A Mile Technical T-shirt
  • Medal and Certificate on completion 
  • Leaders also receive High Vis Jackets

Participant Eoin Barry shares his experience,I like the rebel run ,the walk and the exercise makes me feel good. I don’t want to get fat. I am nervous of stairs and I did 30 steps today on the rebel run I can’t wait for my medal’.

Eoin is being supported by leaders in The Brook Centre, Brothers of Charity, see leaders below: 

Brothers of Charity Leaders all smiles as they received their gear for the Rebel Run A Mile Programme 2020


 “This programme will offer worthwhile and meaningful opportunities for services in Cork to engage in physical activity in these very strange times. The Rebel Run a Mile Challenge allows the participants to build up to jogging one full mile in 6 weeks. The participants are supported throughout this journey by both Cork Sports Partnership and their leaders. Thank you again to Boston Scientific for supporting this valuable programme’, Craig Harrington, Athletics Development Officer Cork & CIT.

Cork Sports Partnership welcomed the following reactions and responses from services   

  • ‘The excitement and delight to be meeting and be part of a programme, you don't realise what this means after the lockdown, it's fantastic. Well done to the team in Cork Sports Partnership for the work in putting the programme and booklet together’. Teresa Forrest, St. Raphels Youghal
  • "Being part of the Rebel Run a Mile Programme is helping us to re focus on our physical and mental well being. We're feeling enthusiastic and motivated by the programme and happy to know that there are many others doing this as well ". Vivian O Brien, L’Arche Day Service Co-Ordinator.
  • ‘We have had participants taking part from Cope Foundation every year and this one is no different with 47 entered to participate. This year is even more important due to the restrictions Covid 19 has placed on every sort of physical activity programme’. There are a number of reasons why we entered this programme; it lifts our mood, boosts our mental state and makes us feel good. A recipe for success!’. Susan Murphy, Sport and Recreation Dept COPE Foundation.

This programme is delivered through the Cork Sports Partnership Sports Inclusion Disability Programme which aims to support adults of all abilities across Cork to be active.

For more information on any of the above, please contact Sports Inclusion Disability Officer, Kate Feeney  kfeeney@corksports.ie 






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