Promising a great night out is Saturday's 31st annual Michael Manning 10k in Dunshaughlin. Over the years, this race has attracted many of the big names in Irish athletics and has developed a well-earned reputation for good value and superb organsiation.
Last year -- in probably the warmest conditions ever for the race -- saw wins for Kilkenny's Brian Maher in 30mins 36secs and Annette Kealy of Raheny in 35.18. This year, a course record bonus of €100 is on offer to the first man to break Noel Cullen's time of 29.21 dating back to 2000 and Annette Kealy's 2008 record of 34.40.
Traynor ties up win at sunny St Anne's
For the first time in the six-year history of the race, last Sunday's Tommy Lynam Midsummer 5k in St Anne's Park Raheny lived up to its name with glorious weather.
A record entry of around 200 lined out, among them a particularly strong entry for host club Raheny Shamrock. Leading at halfway was Raheny master Mick Traynor who held on to win from the fast finished Paul Cowhie of Civil Service and Donore's Keith Daly.
A clear winner of the women's race was Patrycja Wlodarczyk, making it a Raheny double.
It's Swaine's world as Fergal does double
An average of 20 runners turned out for each of the men's races at the Trinity BHAA Track meet held on grass in historic College Park. Because of the large numbers, races were divided into four grades. Winning the top-grade 800m and mile was Fergal Swaine while first in the 3000m was Mick Traynor with BHAA chairman Paul O'Connell second. Mary Jennings (W55) won the 800m and was second to Sheelagh Jones (W50) in the mile, while Orla Gormley W45 proved best in the 3000m.
The BHAA sticks to the grass for Tuesday's 5km trail race in the Phoenix Park (8.0), organised by the prison service. Get a sneak preview at tomorrow night's Summer Off-Road League over the same 2.5km lap.
Late entries taken for Enniscorthy races
Late entries for Sunday's Enniscorthy Strawberry Festival Half Marathon, Relay and 15k will be taken until 9.15am on the morning of the race. A top-class entry is expected to chase the €1,000 winners' prizes, with Linda Byrne leading the women's entry.
Entry for the Lifestyle Sports adidas Irish Runner 5 Mile on Saturday July 17 closes next Wednesday on June 30. See www.dublinmarathon.ie. Registrations are also coming in for the Family One Mile Challenge at the Athletics Ireland Family Fitness Festival in Farmleigh on July 4. Entry is FREE but you MUST register online first. See www.familyfitnessfestival.ie or call 01-8869933.