September ends with raft of races

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THE month of September bows out in style with another weekend of race action in Donegal, Tyrone, Down and Derry to tempt local athletes, although not top marathon runner, Greg Roberts, will be lining up for the prestigious Berlin Marathon this Sunday.

The annual Glenswilly 5 Kms. Road Race gets the action going tonight (Friday) at 6.45 p.m. out of the Glemswilly GAA Clubhouse and this one, billed as the finale of the popular Donegal Athletics Board summer long race series, should attract another healthy turnout.

Tomorrow is very busy with a chioce of three race venues. Both the Bangor 10 kms. and the Drumragh 10 kms. in Tyrone have an 11.00 a.m. start while back in Donegal it’s 2.00 p.m. for the Ards Forest Park 5 kms. Trail Run.

Local runners are expected to favour the latter two events and, no doubt, local clubs will be represented at both venues.

But it’s back to Foyleside this Sunday for the annual Foyle Hospice Male Run/Walk. This annual jaunt round the Banks of the Foyle has a 1.30 p.m. start and entries can be made at the Hospice Fund-raising Centre on the Culmore Road, telephone 02871-359888.

Entry forms can be obtained at all Foyle Hospice shops in the North-West area or at any local Leisure Centre.

The event starts from the Sainsbury’s Car Park and offers two distances, five miles or two miles, to cater for different ages and varying fitness levels. So why not give it a go?

This Sunday’s Berlin Marathon will see local athlete, Greg Roberts, line-up in the elite field with a stated objective of reviving his 26.2 mile prospects.

The tough Spartan ran an excellent 2 hrs. 21 mins. at the 2010 Dublin Marathon but since then has struggled to meet his own high standards in distance running. Recently he has linked up with former top local marathon men, Gerry Craig and his brother Paul, and is hopeful that he can rediscover his full potential through the streets of Berlin this Sunday.

The race will be screened “live” on Eurosport on Sunday morning and may be well worth an early wake up call.

Marty’s Run on

Sunday Week

Meanwhile, Foyle Valley Athletic Club will host the third annual Walk and Run in memory of one of their prominent members. the event taking place this Sunday week, October 7th.

“Marty’s Run,” which commemorates the life of the late Martin Gallagher, a highly respected member of the local club, was tragically knocked down and killed on November 1st 2009.

Since then, Foyle Valley and the Gallagher family have jointly organised the event which has proved phenomenally successful for the past three years.

Starting at 11.00 a.m. opposite St Brigid’s College on Derry’s Glengalliagh Road, the route takes runners and walkers along the Skeoge Road and at the Buncrana Road with the finish at the Templemore Sports Complex.

Registration will take place in the Templemore Sports Complex from 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m. next Saturday, October 6th and from 9.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. on race day itself.

As usual, the event is expected to attract large numbers, therefore, the organisers would appeal to all those taking part to register on Saturday next, rather than on race day, to avoid any delays on the race day itself.

Competitors should also allow approximately 20 minutes to walk or jog from Templemore Sports Complex to the starting line opposite St Brigid’s College.

The race fee is £10 and the first 600 entrants will receive a commemorative, quality, technical T-Shirt, a bottle of water and a snack will be available for all finishers at the finishing line.

There will be prizes for the usual run categories and a perpetual trophy for the first male and female runners home.

The presentations will take place shortly after the run and walk at the Three Flowers Bar and Restaurant at Coshquin.

Huge community support for the third annual Marty’s Run continues and the organisers extend their sincere thanks to all their loyal sponsors.