Next Saturday sees the start of the Gneeveguilla AC Winter 5k Series which takes place in Killarney's Demesne, writes John Walshe.
Four races in all will be held, the remaining fixtures scheduled for January 25, February 1 and February 22. All are on Saturday mornings at 11am and are on a flat, accurately measured out-and-back course on tarmac paths.
Entry is just €5 per race and prizes will be based on the best three events. All age groups are catered for from U-14 up to Masters F60 and M65 and the awards include the first 10 senior men and first six senior women.
Race headquarters as usual will be at the Old Monastery (next to Killarney Cathedral) and further details can be obtained from Tom-Joe O'Donoghue at 087 9339087 or 064 7756309.
ROAD RACE SEASON GETS UNDER WAY FOR BHAA
The first Cork BHAA road race of the year, the traditional FMC four-miler, takes place at 11am on Sunday at Little Island.
One of the longest events on the BHAA calendar, entries will be taken in Little Island Sports Hall.
Last year, there was a turnout of around 530. James McCarthy came out best in a time of 19.34, 15 seconds clear of Alan O'Shea with Philip Harty third in 19.51.
Emma Murphy's 22.53 was almost a minute quicker than her winning time in 2012. Full details are on www.corkbhaa.com or from Kevin Cummins at 021 4292509.
TALLAGHT HOSTS NEXT CROSS-COUNTRY STAGE
The Business Houses Athletic Association Cross-Country season continues on Saturday with the Eircom promotion, which takes place at St Enda's GAA Club at Cherryfield Park, Firhouse, Tallaght, Co Dublin.
This is always a popular event and there is a women's race over two miles (11am) and a five-mile men's event (11.30am) on the programme.
See www.bhaa.ie for more details.
HARTNETT'S FAMOUS VICTORY REMEMBERED
He finished almost eight seconds clear of Grant McLaren from Canada (8:34.4) with another Irishman, Neil Cusack, third in 8:37.2. Hartnett's time was just two seconds slower than the American record at the time, held by Steve Prefontaine.
The performance by the Corkman was worth around 7:50 for 3,000 metres and it's worth noting that the fastest 3,000m by an Irishman last year, indoors or outdoors, was the 7:50.40 by Ciarán Ó Lionáird when winning bronze at the European Indoors in Gothenburg.
Hartnett's amazing form on the boards of North America continued the following month at the Maple Leaf Indoor Games in Toronto where, before 16,000 fans, he ran Canada's first sub-four-minute indoor mile.