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Thursday 20 September 2018

Chance for public to try laser running

Lanigan O’Keeffe
Lanigan O’Keeffe

Fancy yourself as a decent runner and a sharp shooter? Then laser running may be the sport for you.

The sport has grown out of the decision to combine shooting and running elements of modern pentathlon into a combined event, which comes after the fencing, swimming and horse riding.

Now laser running is developing independently and from September 28-30, Trinity College in Dublin will host the world championships.

On the Saturday, an Irish pentathlon team, led by Olympians Natalia Coyle and Arthur Lanigan O'Keeffe will take on the world's best in the international competition.

A day later, anyone can give the sport a go, with U11s, U13, U15, U17, over-40 and masters age groups, as well as a team relay for families of four.

So, how does it work? From the start, participants sprint to the shooting range, where they aim to hit a target with a laser pistol five times inside 50 seconds. They then set off on an 800m run before returning to the range.

Seniors alternate running and shooting for a total of 3km and 20 direct hits on the target. Juniors and masters run shorter distances.

The skill is to run fast but not so fast that you can't shoot straight.

In the build-up to the World Championship, Pentathlon Ireland is offering special laser run training every Saturday morning at Abbotstown (11-1.0). Groups, clubs and individual are all welcome. Pentathlon Ireland will also come out to you and set up a laser run course in your school or at your local track or pitch

For further information, see www.laserrun.ie contact Sheena at 01 6251134; info@alserrun.ie.

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