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Entry for 5-mile at Phoenix extended

GOOD news for anyone hoping to run the Irish Runner 5-Mile road race in Dublin's Phoenix Park on Saturday week, June 29 (10.0). Because of a problem with the online registration system, the entry deadline is extended to Saturday next, June 22.

The race is the first of this year's Dublin Race Series – the perfect build-up for anyone training for the Dublin Marathon, or simply wanting to up their mileage over the summer. Register for the Irish Runner 5 now at www.dublinmarathon.ie; the entry fee is €23.

3All who enter the Dublin Race Series will have their names included in a draw for a brand new Renault electric car.

 

RECORD TURNOUT FOR MIDSUMMER RUN

A record 311 people turned out for the ninth Tommy Lynam Midsummer 5km in St Anne's Park Raheny, incorporating the Dublin Novice Road Championships.

With club running on an all-time high, large groups were in evidence from Tallaght, Civil Service, Donore Harriers, Sportsworld, Clonliffe Harriers and host club Raheny Shamrock.

The clear winner in 15 mins 21 secs was Clonliffe's Colm Rooney – a first victory in quite a while for the former Irish 1500m champion. Raheny veteran Mick Traynor was 20 seconds adrift in second place, with his clubmate Brian Leahy third. Annette Kealy, also Raheny, was first woman ahead of Clonliffe's Emma Cooper. The race was run in conjunction with Childline/ISPCC who provided green "Superman" capes to all finishers.

 

LAST CALL FOR MANNING 10KM REGISTRATION

Last call for Saturday's Michael Manning 10km in Dunshaughlin (7.30pm) – a race with a well-deserved reputation for excellence. On offer is a fast, flat course, heaped tables of sandwiches, cakes and goodies to replace lost calories post-race, a long list of prizes, a race video and live music.

The perfect night out! Entry is just €15 or €20 on the night; register at www.dunshaughlinac.com/10k.asp.

 

KENYAN SITTUK TAKES WINNING TO HEART

Freddy Keron Sittuk continued his Irish tour with victory in the Heart of Laois 10km in Abbeyleix.

The Kenyan's time of 31.14 put him 14 seconds clear of Clonliffe's Gary O'Hanlon. Dymphna Ryan of Dundrum, Co Tipperary, was first woman. In Trim, Colin Costello of Star of the Sea led home 476 finishers at the Braveheart Trail 5km along the banks of the river Boyne. Mary Hanley of Na Fianna was first woman.

The biggest event over the weekend was the Hell and Back mudfest from Kilruddery Estate to the Sugar Loaf and back, which attracted more than 1,500 starters. First was Jason Kehoe in 58 mins 59 secs. The next one is on Sunday, November 3 – entry a mere €37!

 

INAUGURAL GRIFFEEN PARK 5KM A SUCCESS

A total of 115 turned out for the inaugural Parkrun 5km in Griffeen Park, Lucan, where Karl Fitzgerald had the honour of bringing them home. Second was Matt Shields of North Belfast Harriers, the man behind Parkrun in Ireland; it was his 77th Parkrun. Scottish visitor Hannah Oldroyd was first woman ahead of Lucan's Freda Comiskey.


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