leopardstown to host goal mile
The controversial closure last week of the athletics track at UCD also brought the curtain down on the traditional Christmas GOAL Mile promotion that had taken place at this iconic venue for close to 30 years.
But there's good news for the thousands of runners who have every year flocked to this early-morning series of Christmas morning mile runs on Dublin's southside, as GOAL have now secured a new racing venue at another iconic site -- Leopardstown Racecourse.
Leopardstown commercial manager Ciaran Conroy was quick to offer GOAL what promises to be an ideal venue for the Christmas morning run.
"We had been doing a little bit of work with GOAL on another fundraising project involving the jockeys and we were happy to be able to help John O'Shea and his team to create what should be a pretty unique event," Conroy said.
The GOAL Mile will take place on a tarmac one-lap track close to the racecourse and beside huge fences that are an integral feature of the National Hunt events.
"For every other day of the year at Leopardstown the track is reserved for athletics of the equine variety," Conroy added.
"The runners will find this year's experience to be something special as they run alongside the track and huge fences where the horse racing action usually takes place."
The Christmas Day series of GOAL miles at Leopardstown Racecourse will start at 10.0 and continue through to noon. There will also be GOAL miles taking place countrywide at over 100 locations.
Full details of these venues and times are available at www.goal.ie.
• Andrew Ledwith from Fr Murphy's AC led home an entry of over 1,500 in Saturday's Donore Harriers Jingle Bells 5km road race in the Phoenix Park, finishing in 14:24, comfortably clear of John Coghlan (MSB, 14:50) and Brian Maher (KCH, 14:55).
There was a strong performance also by Shane Healy (MSB) who was first master runner home, finishing eighth overall (15:19).
Mary Cullen of North Sligo AC led the way home in the women's race in 16:26 ahead of Deirdre Byrne (Sli Cualann AC, 17:00) and Aoife Talty (Raheny Shamrock AC, 17:10).