Tuesday 27 June 2017

Farnan and Brennan remembered

Two icons of Irish athletics will be remembered on Sunday when the Aviva Gerry Farnan Cross Country Festival takes place on a course in the Phoenix Park.

This annual festival of cross country running is organised by Metropolitan & St Brigid's AC where the legendary coach Gerry Farnan held court for many year.

Sheila Brennan had her roots in nearby Liffey Valley AC in whose colours her husband, the late Tommy, won a national cross country title. Sheila kept the family athletics interest alive for many years, working tirelessly in the organisation and promotion of juvenile athletics with the Dublin Athletics Board. The women's winning team on Sunday will get the Sheila Brennan Trophy.

Eamonn Coghlan (right) has made great efforts over the years to commemorate his former coach and mentor and the annual Gerry Farnan Cross Country Festival is seen as one of the best promotions on the fixtures list. The Dublin Athletics Juvenile Board will organise Dublin Championship races in a promotion that starts at 11.0.

The Gerry Farnan events start with the Girls' Dublin Championships at 1.30, followed by the women's race over three miles at 2.15.

The Gerry Farnan men's race over five miles has a 3.0 start time.

The men's and women's races also incorporate the Master Trials for the forthcoming international.

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