Pacers, Chips for Buncrana 5 kms

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Tomorrow night’s much anticipated Buncrana 5K, race three in the popular Furey Insurances series is set to attract another bumper entry as the ever increasing appetite for road running shows no sign of slowing down.

Tonight’s much anticipated Buncrana 5K, race three in the popular Furey Insurances series is set to attract another bumper entry as the ever increasing appetite for road running shows no sign of slowing down.

Online entries have been coming in steadily and with on the night entries due to be accepted from 5.30 p.m. at the Buncrana race HQ in Scoil Mhuire, a turnout of close to 400 club runners, joggers and keep fit enthusiasts could be on the cards.

Entries can be sent to furey5kentry@gmail.com and will be accepted up to 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening. Simply send name, date of birth, age on race day and club, if any and then pick up your race pack on the night, between 5.30 p.m. and 7.15 p.m.

The race has a 7.30 p.m. start and all intending participants are requested to check in by 7.15 p.m. at race HQ.

Electronic chip timing will be used so all runners must wear the small chip supplied in their race pack, just tie on to your shoe with your laces. Failure to do so means that no place or finishing time will be recorded.

Two innovations this year will be the introduction of Pacers and a four to score team race for both males and females. The Pacers, five in total will offer the chance to participants to break 17mins, 18 mins, 19mins, 20mins, and 21mins for the 5K distance.

The task will be to latch on to your preferred Pacer and follow his pace all the way from start to finish for your target time. The distance is clearly marked with each Kilometre to assist the Pacers and all participants so work out your individual splits and away you go!

The team race should be an added incentive for the local club runners to test themselves and hopefully the weather conditions on the night will be conducive to fast running and an entertaining and enjoyable event for all.

Road race action continues on Friday night with the Donegal Town 5K at 7.30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 3rd there is the Newry Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K in the County Down venue.

Closer to home the annual Foyle Hospice Female Run/Walk is also on Sunday with a new course, starting at the Sports Complex and finishing, via the new Pedestrian Bridge, in Ebrington Square.