Coachford AFC players and management ran 300km on Saturday, May 30th to raise funds for the Irish Kidney Association. Members of the Premier and U19 teams took to the roads near their homes and ran distances between 5km and 10Km to reach their total of 300km which is the distance from Coachford to the IKA’s headquarters in Beaumont hospital. The IKA charity has a particular significance for Coachford AFC as earlier this year two of their players, Mark and Eric Murphy lost their mum, Sandra, pictured, to kidney disease. Eric currently plays with the U15’s and Mark is a member of the U19 squad and is one of the youngest regulars in the Premier squad. Sandra’s husband, Declan is a past player and former manger of the U16 and U17 teams. Before the run Luke Casey, player with Coachford AFC told us, “We are hoping to raise as much as we can for the Irish Kidney Association through this charity run. Obviously as a football club we would love to be doing something on the pitch but for the moment that is out of the question so the players had a chat amongst ourselves and we came up with this idea. During the current restrictions it seems the safest way to fundraise and to keep the fitness levels up as we wait to get back out on the training grounds.” As we went to print nearly €13,000 had been raised.