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Wednesday 19 December 2018

'Half' entries still up for grabs

Kevin Dooney
Kevin Dooney

Late entries are still available for Sunday's National Half Marathon, which takes place in conjunction with the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.

Entries officially closed last Sunday, but athletics club members can still register for €40 in the Trinity Sports Centre on Friday and Saturday.

Because of the Pope's visit, all sporting events in the Phoenix Park have been cancelled for the month of August, which means a new course for this year's race.

Start and finish is at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, with the course taking in a loop of the city before heading for west County Dublin via the Islandbridge road which skirts the Phoenix Park.

The top Irish finishers will received a €500 prize.

With most of the country's best distances runners currently in Berlin at the European Championships, this year's race looks wide open. Last year's winner was Kevin Dooney of Raheny Shamrock, currently recovering from an injury picked up at the World Half Marathon Championships in March.

Second was Sergiu Ciobanu, who is in Berlin, as is Stephen Scullion, fifth last year. Both helped Clonliffe Harriers to team victory last year.

First woman last year was Gladys Ganiel of North Belfast Harriers, another athlete on international duty.

Caitriona Jennings of Letterkenny AC was runner-up last year with Mayo AC, led by Norah Newcombe Pieterse, the senior team winners.

Raheny Shamrock won the women's Over 35 team prize in the fastest team time of the day.

An astonishing total of 90 teams finished in this age group, including seven alone from Waterstown Warriors.

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