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Athletics: Sign up for bit of Clonliffe history

Runners who would like to be part of a little bit of Irish athletics history should consider signing up for the 120th running the Clonliffe Harriers' annual two-mile race next Wednesday, which starts at Finglas Village and finishes in Prospect Square.

This event has a unique history dating back to the 19th century. The race will be one of the highlights of Clonliffe Harriers' 125 Years Anniversary Celebrations. The Clonliffe celebrations will continue at the Morton Stadium on July 8 when the Clonliffe 125 Track and Field Grand Prix takes place, where the feature event will be the Morton Mile.

Next Wednesday night's two-mile race starts in Finglas Village opposite The Bottom of the Hill pub and finishes outside The Gravediggers pub. Race check-in and changing facilities will be located in St Vincent's CBS School, Harts Corner.

Check-in starts at 6.30. Entry is available on the night at €15 (Juniors €10) and entrants are advised to check in early as the start is about a 20-minute jog from the check-in area. This comes highly recommended -- a historic event with a great atmosphere. More information from www.clonliffeharriers.com.

Despite Cork's main running event of the weekend being the Bord Gais Cork City Marathon, over 200 runners turned out on Friday night for the Dan Byrne Memorial 5k trail race in Doneraile Park.

The race was the first in the nine-race Ballyhoura Active Series and raised over €1,250 for MS Ireland. It was also a fitting tribute to the late Dan Byrne of the Mallow club, who died just over a year ago.

In the men's race, Tim O'Connor of Riocht won in 16:32 after a close battle with former Irish cross-country champion John Downes from Donore Harriers. Martina Kiely of St Finbarr's AC was a impressive winner of the women's race, her time of 19:01 giving her 14 seconds to spare over Carol Finn of Leevale AC.

The Ballyhoura Active Series continues with the Bilboa 10k on Friday week, start time 8.0.

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