Maryland GAA is to host a fund-raising 5km run in aid of a former player who had to retire earlier this year due to injury sustained while playing.
On Sunday September 2, the club will host the 5k fun run, starting from the Drumraney Community Centre at 12.30pm, with registration beginning at 11am, and an entry fee of €10.
The fundraiser is in aid of the club coffers which have generously been utilised to pay the medical bills of the 2008 Celebrity Báinisteoir and IFC panellist, Aidan Reynolds (31 ).
Aidan was playing in a pre-season friendly against Clann na Gael on February 26 when an apparently harmless challenge saw him suffer a dislocated knee, two torn cruciate ligaments, and a damaged perineal nerve which all led to a condition known as dropped foot.
“Oh, I even tore my hamstring from the bone. All done on the one day,” said the 14-season clubman who must presently walk around with his toe tied to his ankle to prevent it being dragged along the ground.
Aidan, who hasn’t worked since the injury, is hopeful to return to work next month as a yard supervisor with a polytunnel manufacturing firm in Birr.
He is currently travelling twice a week for his physiotherapy to the Sports Injury Clinic under the supervision of Ray Moran, where he may still face the possibility of a tendon transfer operation within the next year.
However, Aidan maintains a very positive outlook, and is looking forward to shorter physio trips in November.
“I’m very fortunate to be marrying a physio!” he admitted this week.