ATHLETICS: Big week ahead for local athletes

The popular Dessie's Run 10ktakes place at Gransha nextTuesday night. (0409PG05)
The popular Dessie's Run 10ktakes place at Gransha nextTuesday night. (0409PG05)

Sunday looks the busiest for the weekend athletics action with Letterkenny hosting the Donegal Marathon and Half Marathon and Tullamore the venue for the National Masters Track and Field championships.

Three local clubs - Olympian, Derry City Track Club and City of Derry Spartans - all have athletes on the extensive start list and medals expectations are high with the quality of the athletes travelling in search of honours.

Into next week and it’s all systems go for the annual Dessie’s Run 10K road race in Gransha on Tuesday night (August 23rd) at 7.00pm. Entries as usual will be taken on the night from 5.15pm at race HQ in the U3A Foyle building.

Pre-entry is available until Monday evening, via dessiesrunentry@gmail.com Just send your Name, Gender, Age on race day, Club and T-Shirt size and then pick up your race pack on race night from 5.15pm.

The entry fee is £10 and there is the usual generous prize fund, T-Shirts for the first 300 entrants and excellent post race refreshments.

Vote Of Confidence For WHM

The Waterside Half Marathon entry process has now closed with a massive response yet again for the annual local classic, set for Sunday, September 4th.

The popular 13.1 miler caters for some 2,000 runners, including the couple of hundred participating in the three person Team Relay format and the River Foyle centred course, taking in both sides of the river, is certain to host a real feast of running in just over two weeks time.

There is one final chance to book a spot on the start line as a limited number of places will be available at Tuesday night’s Dessie’s Run in Gransha. A WHM team member will be at the U3A Foyle premises from 5.30pm and will sign up the final entries for September 4th.

With last year’s winner, Mick Clohissey, in Rio for the Olympic marathon, runner up Freddy Sittuk will start as favourite to take the overall honours this time while Scott Rankin and 2015 female winner Catherine Whoriskey will front the local challenge.

NI YDL Final In Antrim

Antrim hosts the NI Youth Development League Track & Field Final tomorrow Saturday with the City of Derry Spartans Under 13, 15 and 17s carrying the local flag .

The junior red vests did well in the qualifying rounds and hope to produce a good series of performances again in Antrim with tilts at the age group NI & Ulster Relay Championships also on the agenda tomorrow.