Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Rebel Run a Mile Challenge

Cork Sports Partnership are delighted to announce the launch of the Rebel Run A Mile in October each year in conjunction with sponsors, Boston Scientific. Building on the success of previous events, Cork Sports Partnership has worked closely with disability services across Cork to redesign the programme to suit the evens ever growing popularity.

The Rebel Run A Mile Challenge is a 6 week walk to jog programme that takes place in October, it supports adults in disability services to build up to completing one mile by the end of the 6 weeks. As a result of the newly developed programme, there has been a huge increase in the interest and engagement, from participants and staff in disability services which is welcomed by all the organisers and sponsors.

Over 500 adults from 5 disability services throughout Cork City and County have registered to participate in the Rebel Run A Mile 2022.  These services include;

  • Brothers of Charity 
  • St. Josephs Charleville
  • CoAction West Cork 
  • St. Raphaels Foundation Youghal 
  • COPE Foundation

A key addition and success to the programme has been the upskilling and empowerment of disability service staff. Over 40 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.

Rebel Run 1 Mile Challenge


  • “It was our pleasure to be involved in such a amazing event, one that we pride ourselves in taking part in. Not only that, but the sense of joy that you could feel was like icing on the cake – people just running and having fun, meeting as strangers and going away as friends. Everyone that took part from Boston Scientific will tell you that it is the event they most enjoy in the company calendar!”

    Darren Harris
    Boston Scientific Cork
  • 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.

    Cliona Horan
    Sports Inclusion Disability Officer
  • 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 Barry
  • This programme will offer worthwhile and meaningful opportunities for services in Cork to engage in physical activity. 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
  • 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
  • We have had participants taking part from Cope Foundation every year and this one is no different with 100 entered to participate.  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

SportsAbility Programmes

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 on completion
  • Leaders also received Rebel Run A Mile Technical T-shirt

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, Cliona Horan 

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