Entries are still coming in at a fast rate for the annual Aware 5k & 10k road races which take place in Phoenix Park on Saturday week, December 14.
This event, which starts at 10.30am, is a vital annual fundraiser for Aware and is an event that deserves good support.
An entry of more than 2,000 is expected for this year's race and entrants have a choice of a 5k or 10k. The 10k will be run over a two-lap course in Phoenix Park and, as usual, it will have a special festive atmosphere.
FIT magazine is print media partner for this event. You can enter at www.fitmagazine.ie.
FLOODLIT CROSS-COUNTRY RACES BRING SPARKLE TO CORK IT
An unusual cross-country fixture under floodlights take place tomorrow night around the Cork IT playing pitches at Bishopstown, writes John Walshe.
The rather unique concept, first thought up by Ian O'Sullivan four years ago, features a 5k for men and a 3k for women and gets under way at 7pm.
Earlier in the afternoon the venue will host the Cork Secondary Schools Invitational Cross-country event with six races in all.
Entry fee for the floodlit races is just €5 with proceeds going to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and CIT AC.
Registration will take place upstairs in the main GAA stand – on the side furthest away from the college – and refreshments will be provided afterwards.
Mark O'Sullivan from Bandon won last year's 5k race with victory in the women's event going to UCC student Johanna Siccama.
CLONAKILTY GEARS UP FOR TRIO OF EVENTS AT RACING FESTIVAL
An entry of more than 2,500 has been received for Saturday's Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon running festival in west Cork.
More than 500 will take part in the full marathon and more than 1,000 in both the half-marathon and 10k events.
Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon race director Bob Hilliard is himself well on his way to completing 50 marathons, a milestone he hopes to achieve by his 50th birthday on January 14.
"I have run 39 marathons and two ultra-marathons to date and I aim to make it 50 marathons by my next birthday," Mr Hilliard said.
The three Clonakilty events are run over beautifully scenic courses with water a dominant feature all around.
For more information visit the event website at www.runclon.ie
CANCER GROUP TO BENEFIT FROM WEST WATERFORD'S TURKEY TROT
Sunday sees the fifth annual Paddy Joe Curran Memorial Turkey Trot taking place outside Dungarvan, writes John Walshe.
The five-mile race is the second event in the Michael Roche Carpets series organised by West Waterford AC and is sponsored by Cleanzone Technology.
Entries (€7) will be taken at the Marine bar. This year, the race is in aid of Youghal Cancer Support Group. There will also be a four-mile walk at 11am with the run starting at noon.
Last year more than 100 took part with David McCarthy and Philip Harty finishing first and second, in 27.23 and 27.27.
Corinna Walsh, also of the promoting West Waterford club, was first female in 33.39.
AGE NO BARRIER AS VETERANS LEAD WAY IN MUNSTER MASTERS
Some of the athletes who featured in the recent British & Irish Masters Cross-Country were back in action at the Munster Masters which took place at Beaufort, near Killarney, writes John Walshe.
The first three women were in the higher age brackets as local Kerry runner Niamh O'Sullivan of Ríocht (F50) led home Carmel Crowley (F45) with Carmel Parnell (F55) in third.
Parnell, from Leevale AC, had notched up her eighth straight international category victory at Cardiff two weeks ago. In the team contest, Leevale won the F35 section with St Finbarr's AC taking the F45 category.
James Liddane (M35) was first in the men's race with Martin McCarthy (M40) runner-up. Here, the team results were reversed as St Finbarr's won the M35 and Leevale the M45.
'IRISH RUNNER' SUBSCRIPTION IS PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT
Runners looking for an ideal Christmas present should look no further than an annual postal subscription to Irish Runner magazine.
The Irish Runner 2014 Yearbook, which goes on sale this week, includes a 24-page triathlon supplement, produced in association with Triathlon Ireland, and a 2014 Year Planner.
Sarah Lavin of Emerald AC in Limerick, who won a silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the European Track & Field Championships earlier this year, is featured on the front. Order online at www.athletics ireland.ie.