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Terenure College Run

The Carmelite College, Moate first held a college run in 1987 and it was a tremendous success. Every student in the school participated and the final, which included the fastest runners in the college, was a very competitive and exciting event. This annual event became so prestigious that a police escort was given for the runners as they made their way through the town, and students lined the route to encourage and cheer on their classmates.

The idea of the College run came from a truly inspirational man, Fr. Gerry Hipwell O.Carm. Fr. Hipwell was a student ofTerenureCollege from 1958 to 1964. He captained the Senior Cup Team in the rugby final atLansdowne Road in 1964 and his leadership qualities were further affirmed when he was made school captain in his Leaving Cert. year.

Fr. Hipwell arrived at theCarmeliteCollege, Moate in 1981 with a limitless supply of energy. He developed an extraordinary rapport with the students of the college and started many new societies and clubs, the most memorable being the Spartan Club, later known as the Zeus Club. Through these clubs he motivated students to tap into the incredible potential they possessed by participating in a wide variety of activities including camping, survival techniques, sailing, long distance cycling and walking, and parachuting. His belief in the young people he worked with was truly inspirational and he encouraged them to strive for excellence in everything they did. He gave his students the confidence and sense of adventure to attempt and succeed in areas they could not have imagined.

Fr. Hipwell helped and encouraged hundreds of students to participate in the President’s Award over almost twenty years. Through his clubs and societies they displayed amazing leadership and communication skills which might otherwise have remained dormant. Fr. Hipwell sadly passed away on May 8th, 2004, but his memory lives on in the hearts of the students whose lives he greatly enhanced.

The Terenure College Run will be a wonderful way to remember him here in our school and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the President’s Award, as students strive for excellence by competing for a prestigious place in college history. It is also a great way to allow the young people of the college to develop and display the leadership and communication skills that Fr. Hipwell felt were so important, as teams of students coordinate 30 different races over the next couple of weeks. A semi-final including the fastest 2 students in each year and the 15 fastest in the school will be held during the first week in May. The fastest 10 students will race on the 9th of May and compete for the glory of being the fastest young man in TerenureCollegeand the winner of the Fr. Gerry Hipwell Memorial Cup.