Big entry expected for Wilkie’s Run

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Foyle Valley Athletics Club will stage its popular annual five mile ‘Wilkie’s Run’ next Thursday, May 23th in memory of the late Foyle Valley AC member, Colm Wilkinson.

The race, which takes place along the cycle path adjacent to the River Foyle, is open to everyone from the veteran athlete to the novice runner while walkers are also welcome. Registration takes place on the evening of the run at Long Tower Youth Centre, Brandywell from 6 p.m.

Foyle Valley Club Secretary, Denise Doherty claims the race will provide the ideal preparation for those training for next month’s Walled City Marathon.

“The Wilkie’s race is ideal for those who are training for the Walled City Marathon as they can practice their race pace over the five miles, which is also part of the marathon course,” she said.

“It is also perfect for those new to running as it is a straight-forward, fixed-distance and flat run. You are also very welcome to come along and walk 5km.

“Running has truly exploded in Derry over the past year with the announcement of the Walled City Marathon and the foundation of community based running clubs, BOLT and ‘Born to Run’,” she added.

“There are more and more people pounding the pavements of this town than ever before.”

Entry fee for Wilkie’s Run is £10.00, this includes a quality technical T-shirt for the first 120 people to enter.

Refreshments for all entrants will be provided at Long Tower Youth Centre after the race. Prizes will be awarded for the categories in the run only. All money raised will be distributed between three nominated charities.

Last year over £1,000 was raised in total with over 120 entrants taking part. Foyle Valley hopes that many newcomers will participate this year to maintain the great success of the event and to support these good causes.

Walled City Marathon Seminar

Those participating in next month’s Walled City Marathon will be in the final two weeks of preparation and should be beginning to wind down their training schedule.

And the SSE Walled City Marathon team will stage the last of its marathon seminars on Wednesday, May 22nd next at An Culturlan, Great James Street, which will offer advice on pre-race preparation for all marathon runners.

The WCM organisers have booked Belfast based distance running guru, Joe Haveron for this crucial pre-Marathon Information Seminar. Starting at 7.30 p.m. it’s free to attend and open to all interested in finding out exactly how to ease into the final seven to 10 days before the gun goes on race day.

With a big turnout expected it will be advisable to get there early.

The next few days will see the marathon registration cards drop on the door mats throughout the city and collection of the race packs will be at Foyleside Shopping Centre on Thursday, May 30th; Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st.

Travel to the start on marathon will be restricted on marathon morning but SSE Wall City Marathon team have secured Foyleside east car park for marathon day parking with shuttle buses running from 6 a.m. and the last bus at 7.45 a.m. to the start at the Everglades Hotel. Remember the marathon starts at 8.30 a.m. There will be no parking at the start and the Victoria Road will close at 7.30 a.m. in both directions, so be advised to arrive early.