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Hit the ground running for 2015

Last call for tomorrow's New Year's Day 5km in the Phoenix Park (12 noon). Entries will be taken near the start at the Furze Road, just off the park's main avenue. Previous winners of this race include Fionnuala Britton and John Coghlan.

Winter League back

Resuming on Sunday next at Bushy Park is the annual Meet and Train Women's Winter League - a series of four two-miles runs designed to introduce novice club novices to the joys of off-road running. Newcomers are welcome, with registration at the Sportsworld pavilion in the park from 10am.

Big names for AIT

World indoor high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar and Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell will lead the entry for the AIT International Arena Grand Prix in Athlone on February 18. Tickets are €20 for a seat or €10 for standing plus handling charges. See www.aitsport.ie.

World Marathon

Setting off next weekend for the Antarctic are the 12 runners taking part in the inaugural World Marathon Challenge - seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. The race is organised by Galway man Richard Donovan who, in 2012, set a world record for this challenge by completing it in four days 22 hours. The runners will complete the Antarctic Ice Marathon on January 17, followed by marathons in Punta Arenas (South America), Miami (North America), Madrid (Europe), Marrakesh (Africa), Dubai (Asia) and Sydney (Australasia).

Leevale defends

Cork club Leevale will defend its men and women's titles at the second annual Glo Health National Indoor Club League in Athlone, with the first of three rounds taking place on Sunday January 11.