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Take Liberties with St James's Fun Run

The very popular St James's Hospital Liberties Fun Run will take place on Thursday evening next (July 21) with a start time of 7.45.

The 6.5km race starts and finishes at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and takes in a circuit of the Liberties that includes the Guinness Storehouse, the Coombe, St Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church, St James's Gate and St James's Hospital.

The hospital's Department of Physiotherapy staff will conduct the pre-race warm-up and provide post-race massages for all participants. All participants will also receive souvenir t-shirts and accurate finishing times.

Advance registration for the race closes tomorrow and costs €21 online or €20 by postal entry. Registration will be available on the night for €25. All entry fees and all sponsorship raised will be contributed to the new Heart Support Unit at St James's Hospital.

Last year's race attracted almost 700 participants. As well as walkers and joggers, the race also attracts elite athletes like Kate O'Neill of Metro St Brigid's Athletics Club.

Kate was the second woman over the line in the 2010 race -- last year's women's race was won by Patrycja Wlodarczyk from Raheny Shamrocks Athletic Club -- but managed to beat her 2009 time of 23:15 with an impressive 22:49.

Last year's race was won by David Flynn of Clonliffe Harriers in 19:25. The Royal Hospital is a brilliant location for the start and finish area of this race which has its own special atmosphere.

The online entry service for the run will be open until midnight tomorrow. Go to www.stjames.ie/funrun or contact:

Edwina Hogan

St James's Hospital Foundation

01 428 4086 / 086 882 9433

Irish Independent