As August draws to a close two local road races and a major Track & Field meeting are focussing the thoughts of many local athletes.
Next Tuesday night’s Dessie’s Run from the Gransha Park grounds looks set to attract a big turnout with online entries reported to be high.
Many, of course, will sign up on race day at race Headquarters in Gransha - the U3A Foyle building where registration begins at 6pm in advance of the 7.15 p.m. start.
The online process will continue until Monday evening, simply send your name, age on race day, club if any and t-shirt size to email@example.com
The long established Dessie’s Run is staged in memory of the late Dessie McNulty - a former Sparta AC club captain. Beyond that it’s the annual Waterside Half Marathon on Sunday, September 8th and this year, for the first time, no entries will be accepted on race day itself. This is a significant change as in previous years up to 200 late entries have been taken on the morning of the race in Gransha.
With the entry to date around 800 and continuing to pour in, the closing date for the £20 entry is Monday week, September 2nd with late entries at £25 taken from Tuesday, September 3rd to Friday, September 6th at Lisnagelvin Leisure Centre.
Many Local runners have a tendency for last minute entries but with the window closing on Friday, September 6th and no race day acceptances the message is clear - get your entry in immediately!!
For more information visit www.derrycity.gov.uk/halfmarathon or at Lisnagelvin Leisure Centre on 02871347695.
N. IRELAND/Ulster Relay
Sunday, September 1st will be a big day at the Sports Complex track with the staging of the unique NI/Ulster Relay championships. Age groups from U13 up to Masters will compete in Sprint, 300m, 400, and 800, relays with a Sprint Medley, Distance Medley, Swedish and Mixed relay formats also on the programme.
A separate One mile challenge will add to the interest on the day.
More information on this event from the website www.derry-spartans.com and entry is via the Athletics NI website, www.athleticsni.org