Record Breaking Solas Run and Walk for Life

Astonishing, Amazing, Astounding- three words used by Barry Monaghan, Chair of the Solas Cancer Support Centre to describe the Virtual Run and Walk for Life that took place over the weekend.

For the last 12 years the sea of orange t shirts are always seen around Waterford City on the second Sunday of October. However with this year’s event being virtual, people were able to take part where ever and whenever they wanted. With 2,650 participants taking part this year had a record-breaking number of participants.

Barry explains what the event means to the charity: ‘2020 has been an extremely challenging year for the charity. The amazing response to the Virtual Run and Walk for Life now allows us to plan with confidence for 2021 in continuing to deliver services to those affected by cancer, their family members and carers’.

Tracy McDaid, Manager of the Solas Cancer Support Centre soaked up the atmosphere over the weekend – ‘Seeing family groups, runners and walkers, young and old out and about over the weekend was such a positive story for Waterford City and County, the South East and beyond. Participants also took part around the world with Waterford natives from Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada and America to name some of the worldwide locations that the orange T shirts made it to. We are incredibly grateful to each and everyone who took part and to our sponsors UPMC Whitfield Hospital and Beat for their support as we reinvented our flagship event’.

The free support services are available to those affected by cancer, their families and carers in the Waterford and West Waterford area. A wide range of services are available including, Counselling, Meditation, Yoga and Art Psychotherapy for children and adolescents. For enquiries please feel free to call the Solas Cancer Support Centre on 051 304604 or e mail