Britton helps launch Wicklow Hospice Races
The Glenview Hotel was the venue for last week's launch of the Wicklow Hospice 10k and Half-Marathon which will take place in and around Avondale House on Saturday, February 22.
Attending the launch were members of the Wicklow Hospice Marathon 100 Team who were joined by Garda Superintendent Paul Hogan from Wicklow, Sergeant Mary Burbage from Rathdrum and Michael Richardson and Damien Byrne of Wicklow Civil Defence. Chairman of Wicklow Hospice Foundation Dr Brendan Cuddihy was joined by Dr Brendan O'Shea, coach to the Wicklow Hospice 100 Team and double European Cross-Country champion, Fionnuala Britton (centre), who will be there on race day. The Wicklow Hospice 100 Marathon Team, led by Billy Porter, has raised thousands of euro for the hospice building project.
Online entry is available for €20 at www.precisiontiming.ie or by calling into Avondale Sports and Leisure. Entry on the day is €25.
For more information go to www.wicklowhospice.ie.
Mealagh Valley Race adds 5k to boost family fun on day
On what must be regarded as one of the most scenic routes in the country, the Mealagh Valley Ring 10-mile race takes place on Sunday outside Bantry, Co Cork, writes John Walshe.
However, scenic means undulating, so this is not a course for that elusive PB. Organised by Bantry AC, the race begins at 11am.
Numbers are usually on the small side but all can be assured of a warm welcome by the residents of this secluded valley with the proceeds going the Mealagh Valley Community and the Build4Life Cystic Fibrosis charity. This year, a 5k has been added to the programme to make it more of a family day. Entry on the day for this fun-run is €10 per family or €5 individual.
Entries for the main event are €15 through www.activeglobal.com or €20 on the day. Further details on: 087 6173376 or 087 2963213.
- John Walshe
MAREE 8K GETS UNDER ORDERS
The annual Maree 8k in association with Amphibian King takes place near Oranmore, Co Galway, on Sunday next at 1pm.
Starting at Maree Community Centre, the route goes out on to Galway Bay, down the picturesque Tawin peninsula, and back to the community centre.
This event will raise funds to develop local sporting facilities in Maree and is organised by Maree AC in conjunction with the Maree Development Organisation.
Last year, around 320 took part with individual victories going to Matt Bidwell (26.19) and Gráinne Ni Uallacháin (32.42).
Entry is €15 and is open to runners aged 16 and older. The first 200 entries get a Maree 8k tote bag. Full details at www.mareeac.com.
- John Walshe
GOLDEN NIGHT FOR BANDON AC
On Thursday night – exactly 50 years after the club was founded – past and present members of Bandon AC assembled to honour a half-century of athletics excellence.
Featured as last week's FIT Club of the Week, chairman Tom Laffan said the club continues to promote athletics in the town, a fact borne out by last year's registration figures which exceeded the 600 mark.
"It continues to be represented at county, national and international level, but the club ethos has always been to support and develop athletes at all levels, and not just to focus on athletes who have a natural talent to win championship medals. This core principle has allowed the club to grow and develop," he said.
One of the founding members, Billy Good, gave a comprehensive history of the club and he was joined by four other founders – John Lynch, Sean Hyde, John Byrne and John Dromey – in cutting the 50th birthday cake.
- John Walshe