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Weekend Preview

With no big road races locally, most of our attention turns to harriers raiding events across the border this weekend.

DUBLIN: Frank Duffy 10m

The top billing and main event this weekend is the Frank Duffy 10 mile road race.

This is the second race of the 2011 National Lottery Dublin Race Series and takes in the now familiar surroundings of Phoenix Park.

Travelling stags include Steven Scullion, Alan O’Hara, Breege Connolly, Eoin McQuillan, Aodhan O’Reilly and Marty McIlkenny.

While Steven will be one of the hot favourites for the win, Alan will also be hoping for another good performance on the Phoenix Park circuit, having recently finished 8th in the Adidas 5 mile event.

Gladys Ganiel O’Neill is giving this race a miss, preferring to focus on the AAI National Half Marathon in Waterford next month, as part of her 2011 Dublin Marathon preparation.

In Gladys’s absence, Breege Connolly should feature at the top end of the women’s field where a sub 60 minute performance normally guarantees a podium spot.

Race website here: http://dublinmarathon.ie/index.php

OFFALY: Irish Masters Track and Field Championships, Tullamore

On Sunday, Conor Curran makes the long journey down to Tullamore, Offaly to compete over 5000m in the Irish Masters Track and Field Championships (M35).

The standard in these championships is usually fairly high, with internationals such as the “ageless” Gerry Ryan and Sparta’s Ciaran Doherty, recent winner of the 3000m Steeplechase World Masters title (Sacramento, CA) set to take part in the 5000m.

Conor will be looking pulled to a good time as he prepares for the NI Masters T&F Championships and the Laganside 10km in a few weeks time.

GALWAY: “Gaelforce West” Adventure Race

Finally, there are four harriers competing in an “Adventure” race this weekend in Westport, Co Galway.

Denying rumours that they are using the Gaelforce West Adventure Race as an excuse for a weekend on the lash in Westport, Marty Rea, Gareth Grew, Stevie Walker and Jim Benson have dusted off the kids’ mountain bikes, ordered matching cycling jerseys from Ebay China and have completed their secret kayaking lessons on the waterworks reservoir.

Gaelforce West is the largest one day adventure race of its kind in the world – a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running, hiking and kayaking.

The course of approximately 67km stretches from Glassilaun beach to Westport.

En route there are some significant obstacles to cross, including Killary Harbour and the famous holy mountain of Croagh Patrick.

We’ll be saying a few prayers for them….

Best of luck boys. Podium places please..!

Race website here: http://www.gaelforceevents.com/west/

Other news:

  • Paul Jenkins is competing in an open 3000m on Saturday at the Antrim Forum and will be hoping to go close to the 10 minute mark.
  • Park Run 43 takes place on Saturday @ the Waterworks, kick off 930am.
  • NEW WATERWORKS parkrun FACEBOOK page here.
  • Long runs on Sunday – please arrange on text and/or facebook as usual.
  • Finally, everyone at the club wishes Cathy McCourt a speedy recovery. We will bee thinking of you this weekend Cathy…!