Online entry for the country's first Three-Quarter Marathon to be held in Glasson near Athlone next Sunday (11.0) will close later today.
The race, certified at 19.664 miles or 31.646km, comes at an ideal time for anyone putting in their final long run before the Lifestyle Sport Adidas Dublin Marathon on October 25.
As a further aid to marathon runners, pacers will be provided for the equivalent of three-hour, three-and-a-half and four-hour marathons. All who entered early will receive a Helly Hansen T-shirt (rrp over €30); those who enter late are not guaranteed the T-shirt but can still avail of all the facilities at Glasson Hotel and Golf Club, including post-race showers and discount meals. Water, gels and fruit will be provided at four points along the route. Late entry costs €59 or €49 for groups of five and more. See www.athlone3quarter.com.
Harty attacks from the off to take spoils in Cork
Previous winner Kerry Harty from Newcastle led home more than 10,000 athletes in the 29th Cork Women's four-mile mini marathon.
Harty moved to the front after the opening mile and, although she was chased hard by Leevale's Lizzie Lee, held on to win in 21:36. Lee was second in 21:36, with Emma Murphy from St Finbarr's out-sprinting Ríocht veteran Niamh O'Sullivan for third place.
3The Limerick Women's Mini Marathon takes place on Sunday from UL.
Somers finishes excellent adventure in Wicklow
At the Wicklow Adventure Race in Glenmalure, Niall Somers of Belpark won the race and with it the overall series victory. His time for the combined cycle and hill running race was three hours 10 minutes 52 seconds. Rathfarnham's Arron O'Donoghue was four minutes behind for second with Kevin Keane overtaking the veteran Robin Bryson in a battle of triathletes for third place on the final run.
Former Irish international mountain biker and athlete Beth McCluskey finished seventh overall and first woman. Betty Walsh and Orla McEvoy were second and third.
Veteran Hughes steals rich win in Robin Hood race
Former Irish international athlete Tommy Hughes won the Robin Hood Marathon in Nottingham in two hours 29 minutes 13 seconds.
Now over 50, Hughes' time puts him fourth on the all-time British list for this age group behind England's Derek Lawson (2:24.58). The North Belfast runner warmed up for the marathon by finishing fifth at the Laganside 10k in 32.43.
Late shows invited for Sunday's Cobh encounter
Late entries for Sunday's annual Cork to Cobh 15-mile road race (9.30) will be taken at the Montenotte Hotel from 7.30am. Fee is €20; pre-entries had cost only €10. The race, a popular warm-up for the Dublin marathon, traditionally attracts athletes from all over the country and is one of the few point-to-point races on the calendar. Each athlete's running gear will be transported from Cork to the finish in Cobh.
Head off in new direction on National Trails Day
Sunday is National Trails Day with lots of activities on offer, including beginners' orienteering events at both Griffeen Park in Lucan and Carrickgolligan near the Scalp. In Griffeen Park, course distances are 1.9km (buggy-friendly), 2.9km and 5km, so all standards are welcome. See www.orienteering.ie.