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rathfarnham aim for home rule

At least 1,000 entries are expected for this year's Rathfarnham 5km run, which takes place on Sunday, September 25 at 10.0.

This Rathfarnham course has proved to be very fast, with a long final-kilometre run downhill to the finish. Martin Fagan from Mullingar Harriers set the men's course record of 13:54 in winning last year's race, while John Travers of Donore Harriers set the Junior course record at 14:18 when placing third.

With host club, Rathfarnham/WSAF AC, winning last Saturday's Woodie's DIY National men's team title, hopes are high for a first club team victory in their own promotion.

There is a prize fund of €5,000 for this top-drawer event. The winning man and woman will receive €500 and there is an additional €150 bonus if either course record is broken.

There are cash prizes too for the first six finishers in the men's and women's races. There will also be prizes for first two in all the usual Master categories (Over 40 to 60) and to encourage more Athletics Ireland clubs to participate, the organisers are offering prizes to the first five mixed teams with two men and two women to score. Two mixed junior team prizes are also up for grabs.

The Rathfarnham 5km is also a big mass-participation event open to walkers, joggers and runners.

This year, the first 900 finishers will receive a special souvenir long-sleeved Technical T-shirt -- excellent value for the €20 entry fee -- while St Luke's Hospital in Rathgar is the nominated Charity to benefit from the race.

Registration for the event is available at www.athleticsrathfarnham.ie. Enquiries to: peter.claffey@athleticsrathfarnham.ie.

Early entry is advised.

Irish Independent