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Runners urged to wear blue in memory of Adrian

Adrian Devine who passed away suddenly in January. A memorial fun run and walk has been planned in his memory.

HUNDREDS of runners and walkers will don blue colours in Castlefinn tomorrow night in memory of the late Adrian Devine.

Adrian passed away in January after collapsing following a jog with his friends from the club Castlefinn Runners.

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A well known chef, the 41-year-old worked in Strabane with New Horizons, an organisation that provides support and employment to individuals with special needs. He took up running in 2013 and went on to complete his first marathon in 2015.

The father-of-three had only returned from a holiday in Dubai with his family when tragedy struck.

Tomorrow night, July 27, friends and family will gather for the Adrian Devine Memorial Family Fun Run and Walk.

To mark his love of Everton Football Club, participants are being asked to where blue colours.

Local athletics coach Mark Connolly knew Adrian well. Encouraging people to dress in blue and get involved, Mark said, “Adrian was an Everton supporter and went to as many games as he could. He was passionate about the club and the banter and craic was always good with him. I’m a Leeds supporter and when you have two teams like Leeds and Everton, you aren’t going to win every week, so the craic between us was always good.

“In terms of the running, Adrian wanted to inspire his young boys and to do that he felt he needed to take up some sort of exercise. He did that and he got them involved and naturally they looked up to their daddy. From that, Adrian completed half marathons and marathons and when he passed away, his son took part in some of the races his daddy had signed up to before his death.

“The run on July 27 is just about remembering Adrian and the gentleman that he was and about showing solidarity with his family. It’s about keeping alive his spirit and his memory,” Mark Connolly said.

The Adrian Devine Memorial starts at 7.30pm on July 27 from the CPI Centre in Castlefinn. For details contact Dermot McGranaghan on 0872682856.

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