Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Rebel Run a Mile 2022

‘You don’t realise what this means to our service users, it’s fantastic’

Rebel Run A Mile sees record numbers for 2022!

Cork Sports Partnership coordinated the new and improved Rebel Run A Mile 2022 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 with a disability to build up to completing one mile by the end of the six weeks.

With over 500 adults from 6 disability services throughout Cork city and county registered to participate, it has reached record numbers this year! Participants are accessing the programme within day services, residential services, community hubs, and in their homes.

Cork Sports Partnership has worked closely with disability services across Cork to redesign and reinvent the programme to suit the current environment. These services include; Brothers of Charity, CoAction West Cork, St. Raphels Youghal, St. Josephs Foundation, and COPE Foundation.

The excitement and delight to be meeting and be part of a programme, you don’t realise what this means to our service users, 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. Raphaels Youghal

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 have been delighted to support the programme and cheer on the participants”. Darren Harris, Boston Scientific

On beginning the programme, all participants received a Training Booklet with access to tutor-led videos to guide them through the programme and received a Rebel Run A Mile Technical T-shirt. On completing the programme, all participants received a medal for all their hard work and training throughout the 6-week programme.

Cliona Horan, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer, said ‘we were delighted to bring a group of lead staff from disability services across Cork together to help design a quality and valuable programme. 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 and thank them for their support’.

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 & MTU.

Cork Sports Partnership welcomed the following reactions and responses from services:

We have had participants taking part from Cope Foundation every year and this one is no different with over 60 participants taking part. 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.


For more information on any of the above, please contact Sports Inclusion Disability Officer, Cliona or visit

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