North West 10k confirm Jason Black as special guest

Ruby Walsh Irish Champion Jump Jockey with Jason Black who received the Brendan Mc Daid Memorial Special Achievement Award at the Donegal Sports Star Awards in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Photo Geraldine Diver

Donegal Person of the Year Jason Black has been confirmed as the North West 10k’s special guest to officially get the runners under way in Sunday’s 23rd charity event. North West 10k Chairperson Neil Martin said his committee was delighted that Jason Black had accepted the invitation to do the honours at the start line Sunday.

“Jason Black’s achievements in adventure sports and record breaking mountaineering challenges have made him a household name in Donegal and across the country. He’’s the Donegal Person of the Year and also lifted the prestigious Donegal Sports Star Brendan McDaid Memorial Award back in January. So to have Jason ‘fire the start gun’ is really special for all involved with the North West 10k” Mr Martin said.

Jason Black said that the North West 10k was charity event that holds very special memories for him personally and he is encouraging as many people as possible to walk or run the event on Sunday in aid of the three charities Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Ireland Donegal Branch, the Little Angels Association and Donegal Cancer Flights & Services.

“What an honour as Donegal Person of the Year to start the Northwest 10k this Sunday. I’ve run it, walked it and donated to it and now the pinnacle to drop the starting flag on an event that’s done so much good for our community at home, giving well over 700.000 euros to local charities and with your help we can collectively make a difference. Walk it or run it, most of all turn up and do it, if not for yourself then for someone else. Be that game changer. See you at the start line on Sunday at 2pm. No excuses.”

Registrations for Sunday’s North West 10k will continue at Letterkenny Community Centre this evening (Friday 3rd May) from 5-7 p.m. For further information on the North West 10k go to