The race originally started when a group of Kilnaboy AC athletes had organized a trip to do the Ballycotton 10 which the club did for all the early years of that race. We had a 52 seater bus on those occasions and it was always full. This was more a social outing by the Club than anything else as there may have only been 10 or so runners on the Bus with the rest along for the trip and some great fun was had by all.
On the way home on one of these early trips, someone suggested "why don’t we hold a road race of our own" and we could do it in memory of the late Michael (Sonny) Murphy from Ballycashen Kilnaboy who had represented Ireland at the 1932 Olympics. From there it has grown and 2011 will be the 27th year of the race. We missed just one year due to the 'Foot and Mouth' crisis when the local farmers asked us not to go ahead.......Vincent McCarthy, Kilnaboy AC"