Tuesday 20 March 2018

Athletics: Jingle Bells all the way with Donore

The online entry service for Saturday's annual Donore Harriers Jingle Bells 5km Road Race in the Phoenix Park closes today. Entries have been coming through at a fast rate for this popular road-race fixture over the last several days and more than 1,500 runners are expected in the Phoenix Park for the 11.0 start.

The Jingle Bells course is a fast one and an ideal distance for walkers or runners. There will be post-race refreshments available in the Donore Harriers Club House in Chapelizod, and there promises to be a quality field up front in the men's and women's events.

Entries are also pouring in for the Aware 5-Mile Road Race on Saturday December 10 -- another event that takes place in the Phoenix Park. The entries are expected to be well over the 1,500 mark and the online entry service for this event is www.aware.ie.

This is a big fundraising event for Aware, who offer a vital support for people suffering from depression through a countrywide service. The Aware services are stretched to the limits at this time of year and runners of all levels of fitness are asked to support this annual event.

In Clonakilty there has been great local interest in the Marathon, Half-Marathon and Mini-Marathon that also take place on Saturday, December 10. There has also been a lot of interest from runners from many parts of the country.

Described as a unique way to see west Cork's stunning coastline, the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon and associated events offer an ideal breakaway weekend before Christmas. There is more information available at: www.runclon.ie.

Waterford Athletic Club are also hosting their annual Half-Marathon on Saturday, December 10 -- an event that always attracts a big entry. Runners can also avail of excellent changing facilities at the Regional Sports Centre in Waterford, and Waterford AC is noted for providing lots of post-race refreshments for all their events. More information on www.waterfordac.com.

Irish Independent

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