Jason Smyth to get his Commonwealth Games underway

Jason Smyth (left) will compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x 100m events at the Commonwealth Games this weekend.
Jason Smyth (left) will compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x 100m events at the Commonwealth Games this weekend.

With triathlete, Aileen Reid opening the local interest yesterday at the Commomwealth Games in Glasgow, the athletics action gets going over the weekend with sprinter, Jason Smyth hoping to re-ignite his season with an eye-catching performance or two in the days ahead.

We will be tuning in with interest!

On the local scene meantime the Donegal Board road race series continues with 5K’s tonight (Friday) at Drumhalla, Rathmullan and Ballyshannon and in Ballymoney, the Joey Dunlop Centre hosts the Milk Run 5 miler at 7.30 p.m.

The Cookstown Half Marathon has a 12 noon start on Sunday and the National Age Group Track & Field Championships conclude in Tullamore over the weekend as well.

A result missed from last weekend was Allan Bogle’s gutsy 11th place finish at the prestigious Snowdon International Mountain running race in Wales last Saturday.

The local man was representing N. Ireland in the annual Snowdon and mixed it well with the elite field. He battled away with a few English and Welsh rivals for his 11th place finish, clocking 50m 19s to the impressive Italian winner Cesare Maestri who posted 47m 20s for the victory, in a race shortened from the billed 10 miles after fears of lightening strikes on the mountain top.

Waterside Half Marathon - Early entry advised

To a local classic, the Waterside Half Marathon on September 14th next and a call to all intending local participants to get their skates on as the closing date is not so far away now - Friday, August 22nd! Entries will of course be taken after that date but at a significantly increased rate, so to avail of the current £20/25 Euro entry fee, please get online now or pick up an Entry Form at any local Derry City Council Leisure Centre. Online entry information can be accessed at www.derrycity.gov.uk/halfmarathon. Email halfmarathon@derrycity.gov.uk or call 02871347695 for information.

The three Person Relay option remains an attractive proposition for anyone not quite up to taking on the full 13.1 miles and while the relay entries are somewhat sluggish to date a limit of 100 Relay team entries has been set.

Given the daily highly visible number of runners and joggers in the city and environs that limit and the 1,600 individual runners limit could well be under threat soon. You know what to do to avoid disappointment!