AVONDALE Forestry Park in Rathdrum is the venue on Saturday (10.0) for the Wicklow Hospice Half Marathon and 10km with every cent raised going towards the building of the Wicklow Hospice, a 15-bed facility which hopes to open in 2017. Entry is just €20 or €25 on the day. Info Billy Porter 087-292866.
Also taking place this weekend is the annual Rás na héireann on the Battle of the Boyne site in Drogheda, which follows tomorrow night's Armagh International road race. Mary Cullen (pictured) of Sligo is pencilled in for Armagh while a large international field includes Polish Olympian Lukasz Paraszczymski who has a 3000m time of 7 minutes 52 seconds.