Clonliffe Harriers will host a special women's cross-country promotion at Santry Demense on October 12 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the club's female section – a groundbreaking development for Irish women's athletics at the time.
Many of the former female greats at the club are expected to join in the celebrations, including Anne O'Brien Cummins, Claire Walsh, Frances Mansfield, Kay Guy, Ursula Brien, Rita Keogh, Mary Donohue, Anne Keenan-Buckley and others who competed with distinction over the years in the Clonliffe singlet.
Known in the early days as Morton's Marvels, the Clonliffe women played a leading role in the early development of women's athletics in Ireland.
The late Billy Morton was very supportive of the early female club members, and half a century on, Clonliffe continues to have a strong female division that includes many young up-and-coming athletes. The promotion will feature 5k events for seniors and masters women, as well as a 3k event for junior female athletes.
There will be cash prizes too for individuals and teams.
This is an event that deserves to be well supported. Noreen Keane has further details. You can contact her at 087 6846662.
All set for 30th Simon five-Miler
The organisers of the annual Simon Community Five-Mile Road Race that takes place in the Phoenix Park on October 12 are hoping for a bumper entry this year – especially as it is the 30th anniversary of the popular event.
Race director Michael Donnellan and his team have planned a very special event. There will be on-site children's sports activities, music and a real carnival atmosphere.
The event is a vital year-end fundraiser for the Dublin Simon Community. Full details are available at www.funrun.ie