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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Galway 'Sky' to light up holiday

This Bank Holiday weekend is jam-packed with running promotions nationwide.

The Flora Women's Mini Marathon and the Bord Gais Cork City Marathon, which both take place on Monday, will be the biggest attractions of the weekend, but there are also a number of other events for the ever expanding recreational running community.

In Galway, there is the inaugural Sky Road 10k Challenge that starts and finishes in Clifden. Billed as probably the toughest but also the most scenic 10k in Ireland, the race has €1,000 in prize money to be divided among the top finishers.

The race starts at 2.0 near the Abbey Glen Castle Hotel and finishes outside the famous Alcock and Brown Hotel in the town square. Contact Gerry Gannon at 086-8549355 or log on to

In Kilkenny, there is also a novel event taking place over the weekend: Run Kilkenny for Susie Long, which takes in three races over three different routes over three days. The Kilkenny Fit 4 Life running group hope to raise close to €20,000 over Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Susie Long Hospice.

Each day there will be a 10k, half-marathon and marathon taking place and participants can choose their distance and what day they want to run. The Susie Long Hospice in Kilkenny was founded in 2007 with the aim of building a 12-bed hospice in the city. All runs will finish on The Parade in Kilkenny. Visit: or contact Brendan Rice on 087-2251327 or email

Elsewhere, the Moyne Mini Marathon takes place in Moyne, Thurles, Tipperary at 3.0 on Monday. This event is organised by Moyne AC. Enquiries to

Also, the Braveheart Trail Run takes place in Trim, Meath, on Friday evening, June 17 at 8.0.

This run along the banks of the Boyne takes in some of the locations featured in the film 'Braveheart'. Contact 086-3445903 or 086-8904439 or

Irish Independent

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