Wednesday 26 November 2014

Britton helps launch Wicklow Hospice Races

Members of the Wicklow Hospice Marathon 100 Team with Fionnuala Britton.

The Glenview Hotel was the venue for last week's launch of the Wicklow Hospice 10k and Half-Marathon which will take place in and around Avondale House on Saturday, February 22.

Attending the launch were members of the Wicklow Hospice Marathon 100 Team who were joined by Garda Superintendent Paul Hogan from Wicklow, Sergeant Mary Burbage from Rathdrum and Michael Richardson and Damien Byrne of Wicklow Civil Defence. Chairman of Wicklow Hospice Foundation Dr Brendan Cuddihy was joined by Dr Brendan O'Shea, coach to the Wicklow Hospice 100 Team and double European Cross-Country champion, Fionnuala Britton (centre), who will be there on race day. The Wicklow Hospice 100 Marathon Team, led by Billy Porter, has raised thousands of euro for the hospice building project.

Online entry is available for €20 at or by calling into Avondale Sports and Leisure. Entry on the day is €25.

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Mealagh Valley Race adds 5k to boost family fun on day

On what must be regarded as one of the most scenic routes in the country, the Mealagh Valley Ring 10-mile race takes place on Sunday outside Bantry, Co Cork, writes John Walshe.

However, scenic means undulating, so this is not a course for that elusive PB. Organised by Bantry AC, the race begins at 11am.

Numbers are usually on the small side but all can be assured of a warm welcome by the residents of this secluded valley with the proceeds going the Mealagh Valley Community and the Build4Life Cystic Fibrosis charity. This year, a 5k has been added to the programme to make it more of a family day. Entry on the day for this fun-run is €10 per family or €5 individual.

Entries for the main event are €15 through or €20 on the day. Further details on: 087 6173376 or 087 2963213.

- John Walshe



The annual Maree 8k in association with Amphibian King takes place near Oranmore, Co Galway, on Sunday next at 1pm.

Last year, around 320 took part with individual victories going to Matt Bidwell (26.19) and Gráinne Ni Uallacháin (32.42).

Entry is €15 and is open to runners aged 16 and older. The first 200 entries get a Maree 8k tote bag. Full details at

- John Walshe

Irish Independent

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