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Donore's Healey loses cancer battle

Losing his heroic battle with cancer last weekend was hammer thrower Ed Healey, one of the characters of the Irish throws scene in the past 15 years or so.

Ed landed on our shores after a distinguished career at college and national level in the USA.

In the run-up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics, he was part of an American throws squad aiming for selection. All that fell apart when the USA decided not to send a team. Ed still produced some excellent results with a career best of 66.98 dating from this time.

After he came to Ireland, Ed joined Donore Harriers and became a loyal clubman, always willing to help out when it came to organising and coaching. In the year 2000, at the age of 46, he finished second in the national championships -- a year after he had taken M45 silver at the World Masters in the weights pentathlon and hammer.

Ed continued to compete after a move to Germany where he could also indulge in his love of fast cars at the famed Nurburgring.

When disease struck, he fought it with all his considerable strength, remaining resolutely upbeat until the last.

To his Aine, Meabh and Ailis, as well as his many friends in Donore Harriers and Irish athletics, goes our deepest sympathy.

Record numbers expected for Duffy '10'

Record numbers are again expected for Saturday's Frank Duffy 10-Mile road race in the Phoenix Park (10.0), the second race in the Lifestyle Sport adidas Series. Over 6,000 runners of all standards are expected, with a portion of each entry fee going to the Capuchin Day Centre. As with the Irish Runner 5-Mile, the race starts on the main road near Mountjoy corner and finishes on the Furze Road.

Want a bite of Big Apple marathon?

Fancy running the New York Marathon? Sports Travel International still has 30 place left which must be filled before the August 27 cut-off date. Unusually all their other autumn tours are now either sold out or closed. Booking starts next Monday for the main Spring Tours -- London (April 17), Boston (April 18) and Paris (April 10). The new one for 2011 will be the Rio de Janeiro International Marathon, Half Marathon and 6k; full details later.

Rennicks a great destination for Dubs

Races near the greater Dublin area have been attracting record numbers and Rennicks Delaney Cups 5-Mile in Bohermeen, near Navan on Sunday September 12 should be no exception. On offer is a lovely scenic route through Old Ardbraccan village, plus a unique T-shirt to all who enter online. An ideal wake-up call after the summer! Entry is €15 for adults and €5 for children. See www.runireland.com or call stephenball@iolfree.ie.

A high performance compression T-shirt is on offer to the first 800 finishers at the Rathfarnham 5k on Sunday September 26 (10.0). Upfront, the race winners can take home a nice cheque for €500 with course record bonuses also on offer. Entry costs €20 before September 24. See www.athleticsrathfarnham.ie.