thousands expected at start line of airtricity dublin half
An entry of more than 6,000 is expected for Saturday's Airtricity Dublin Half-Marathon, which takes place in the Phoenix Park, starting at 10am.
This is the final event in the 2013 Airtricity Dublin Race Series and many of those taking part will be using the event to gauge their training towards the Airtricity Dublin Marathon in October.
Entries for this year's marathon are holding firm, and race director Jim Aughney is confident that there will be another entry this year of more than 14,000. Online entry is open at www.dublinmarathon.ie
CURTAIN FALLS ON CORK EVENING EVENTS AT COOLAGOWN 5K
The hectic season of Cork evening races finally came to a close last Thursday in the picturesque village of Coolagown, recent winner of yet another award in the Tidy Towns competition, writes John Walshe.
Frank Hayes of East Cork, who recently took gold in the National Masters 5,000m for the second year, was a clear winner in 16.54.
Breaking away from Brian Hegarty on the hill after the first mile, at the finish he had 17 seconds to spare over the Leevale man who is returning from injury and who had finished third two nights before at the North Mon 5k.
Johnny O'Sullivan of Galtee Runners was third in 17.19 and fourth was another East Cork athlete, Conor Tierney, who recorded 17.26.
It was a night to remember for Ann Moore of Leevale as she chalked up her first individual race victory. Her time of 19.34 was the same as she clocked in the North Mon race when finishing second to clubmate Niamh Walsh.
Two Grange/Fermoy members, Clotilde Fitzgibbon (20.11) and Joan Ennis (20.56), took second and third, with interestingly all of the top three in the F45 category.
LOCAL LADY CARTY BRINGS HOME KILMORE 10K TITLE
Kenyan runner Freddy Keron Sittuk won last weekend's árachas Insurance 10k road race in Kilmore, Wexford, finishing in 30.59. Local runner Tom Hogan finished second in 32.17 with Niall Sheil (St Killian's AC, 32.34) third.
Local favourite Jackie Carty of Kilmore AC won the women's race in 36.43. Fiona Kehoe, also Kilmore, finished second in 39.03 and Maria Griffin (St Joseph's) was third in 39.43.
Cross-Country Season kicks off in royal county
The cross-country season gets under way this weekend with the Star of the Sea AC annual promotion taking place on Sunday at Greenanstown, Stamullen, in Co Meath. The programme of events starts at 11am and further information is available from Brendan Meade at 087 2533113
GET ENTRIES IN NOW FOR THE ANNUAL MOONE KILOMARATHON
The date is fast approaching for the annual Moone Kilomarathon (26.2k event) which takes place in Co Kildare on Saturday week, September 28. This is another ideal build-up event for the Airtricity Dublin Marathon and full details of the event are available at www.kilomarathonireland.com.
LEEVALE DO THE DOUBLE AT DONERAILE STEEPLE RACE
There was a Leevale double at Saturday's Doneraile Steeple Race, a 5k run on an ideal morning between two local churches and their respective steeples, writes John Walshe.
Eric Curran added to his victory at the North Mon 5k the previous Tuesday when winning in 16.34, just a second ahead of St Finbarr's Allen Whitaker. Finishing third in 16.44 was 2003 National Cross-Country Champion Martin McCarthy, now back with Leevale.
Leevale's Carol Finn took the women's race in 19.31, nine seconds clear of Gráinne O'Callaghan of Ríocht.
Organised by Awbeg Valley AC, the race was the penultimate event in the Ballyhoura Cork Series.
FAST AND FURIOUS RACING PROMISED AT CHARLEVILLE
The guarantee of a very fast course and excellent race organisation has attracted another big entry for the annual Charleville International Half-Marathon on Sunday.
This is an event with a top pedigree and a big reputation. See www.charlevillehalf.com or contact Michael Herlihy at 086 3168954 for further details.