Athletics: Huge entry for Kinvara
Entries have been received from almost every county in Ireland for the Rock and Road 10k and Half-Marathon in Kinvara, Co Galway on Saturday, March 3.
This is the second running of this unique event in the Burren -- a spectacular area with magnificent scenery around every bend.
The race starts and finishes in the seaside town of Kinvara and this year the event has secured sponsorship from Lucozade Sport and sports shoe manufacturers Saucony, who have a flagship shoe called the 'Kinvara'.
To date, runners from 26 of the 32 counties have posted entries. The race organisers are now hoping to recruit runners from the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Fermanagh, Longford, Monaghan and Tyrone to complete the full set.
Organised by Dolmen Sports, the Rock and Road 10k and Half Marathon looks set to attract a sizeable entry.
Entry is available online or at any branch of Amphibian King running shops. See www.rockandroad.ie for further details.
Murphy on the double
The four-race series of 5km runs organised by Gneeveguilla AC are proving very popular, with the new tarmac pathway in Killarney Demesne meeting with great approval.
In the third event last Saturday, Ed Murphy of the promoting club made it two wins in a row as he led all the way to cross the line in 15:50, three seconds faster than the previous week.
Arthur Fitzgerald of Farranfore-Maine Valley, winner of the first race, took the runner-up spot for the second week, his time of 16:21 giving him seven seconds to spare over John Barrett from Gneeveguilla.
Anna-Marie Costelloe made it a double for the home club when winning the women's race impressively in 18:37, well clear of former international star Maureen Harrington (19:26).
Carol Finn (Leevale), in her first race in the series, took third in 19:43.
The fourth and final race takes place on Saturday, February 18, starting at 11.0.