Saturday 16 December 2017

Annual Paddy Desmond Memorial race in Cork

John Walshe

St Patrick's Day will see the 10th annual Paddy Desmond Memorial race taking place at Ballinhassig, near Cork city. Held over a distance of four miles, it's organised by Rising Sun AC, a club that celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

The race headquarters is in the local Marian Hall, where entries will be taken from 9.30am onwards, with the race starting at 11am. Prizes go to the top three men and women, along with the first three in each category from F35 to M70.


Sonia O'Sullivan was on hand in recent weeks for the launch of the Great Island 10-mile in Cobh, which takes place on Sunday, April 13. Starting at 10.30am, all of the proceeds from this race go towards the Irish Cancer Society.

When first held in 2010, the organisers had a target of raising €100,000 in the space of five years. Last year in 2013, they hit the €100k mark one year early. The aim now is to build on that success and continue to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

See for more information. A 5k walk/run will take place on the same day.


Electric Run is the world's premiere night-time 5k run/walk experience.

Entrants will be greeted by a magical setting of laser light shows, energising dance music, colourful inflatable worlds, glow sticks, glow glasses and anything neon, creating a spectacular event for family and friends to enjoy.

All ages are welcome to participate in this spectacular event and entry is free for children aged seven and under. Participants can walk or run the 5k route and are encouraged to take part in groups, with lower entry rates. The Irish Cancer Society is the Charity of Choice.

The Electric Run will start at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 22. The route will begin and finish at the RDS Simmonscourt.

Irish Independent

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