Changing Times Highlights (Part 1)

Posted by Jenny Christie on Tue, 08 Jul 2014 | 0 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

The month of May saw the main focus of CMS Ireland’s 200th Anniversary programme, with 27 global delegates joining CMS Ireland Link Parishes, members and supporters to share, to celebrate and to look to the future. It was a busy few weeks, but it was a hugely significant time, full of blessings for many people.

On 5th May, the CMSI Time Team took part in the Belfast City Marathon as part of our Big 200 Challenge. The team of 86 walkers and runners represented CMS Ireland Link Parishes, volunteers, supporters, trustees and staff. Each of them raised sponsorship funds to help pay for the travel costs of our global delegates. As CMS Ireland staff member, Roger Cooke pointed out, it was a slight twist on a more familiar focus for marathon sponsorship:

Very often, people use sponsorship as a way of supporting themselves to travel somewhere for a ‘big experience’. The CMSI Time Team were running and raising to host – it was about other people’s travel, not their own.

Our 51 walkers rendezvoused at Belfast City Hall, all wearing their green CMSI Time Team t-shirts and plenty of other layers to keep out the cold! Despite the downpour that started an hour into the event, they completed the eight miles in good spirits, with plenty of chat and laughter.



Seven teams – each with five runners – took part in the relay event over the full marathon course. St Paul’s, Lisburn entered two teams and there were parish teams from Moira (St John’s), Glengormley (St. Brigid’s) and Bangor (Bangor Abbey). Staff members Ronnie Briggs and Roger Cooke also pulled together their own ‘dream teams’. Despite a couple of ‘where’s my team-mate’ incidents at one of the changeovers – all seven teams completed the course in good time.

Special mention must go to Rev David McBeth (Dungiven Parish), who ran the full 26+ miles for the Time Team and put the rest of us to shame!

After the race, most of the team – by now very wet and cold – congregated at St Mark’s Dundela with friends and families for a post race barbecue.



Despite the weather, this was a great day, full of fun and good conversation and it served as an excellent way to kick off our busy programme in May. A huge, huge Thank You to all those who walked, ran, sponsored, barbecued and helped host the post-race gathering.

To date, over €13,000 has come in, with more to follow. If you’d like to donate to the Time Team, you can do so via the CMS Ireland offices or by clicking the following link to the mydonate page

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