The Weekend Roundup: Saturday 15th/Sunday 16th September

Athletics
With the Dublin Marathon just over a month away, the weekend sees a number of half marathon events take place around the country.

On Saturday, race 4 of the Dublin Race series sees a half marathon take place at 10am in the Phoenix Park. Entry for this race is now closed. Details of the race are available at http://dublinmarathon.ie/race_series.php.

The Sligo City Marathon and Half Marathon also tales place on Saturday with the half starting at 9am and the full at 9:45am. Entry is €40 with details at www.sligomarathon.com.

For those in the south of Ireland, the Valentia Island Half Marathon starts on Saturday at 12:00pm. The event is AAI Approved and chip timed and offers a circuit of the island. Entry is €25 with details at http://valentiaislandtriathlonclub.com/valentia-island-half-marathon/.

The inaugural Athlone Half Marathon starts at 11am. The races is dubbed the ‘flatline’ as with just 79 metres of elevation gain, it’s the flattest half marathon around. For anyone looking to make an attempt at a PB, entry is €20 for online registration or €25 on the day. You can get all the details at: www.athlonehalfmarathon.com

Also taking place on Saturday is the East Clare 10k race which starts at 11:00am in Kilkishen, County Clare. Entry details are available at http://www.eastclare10k.com/register.html.

The Tower 10k in Cork starts and finishes at the Old Head of Kinsale signal tower with on-the-day registration available for €15. All proceeds go towards restoration of the old Signal Tower. Details are at: http://www.facebook.com/TheTower10k

In County Louth, the Newtown Blues GFC are celebrating their 125th anniversary with a 12.5km race at 2pm. The run will be chip-timed with registration on-the-day at the club grounds on the morning of the run.

Another interesting race is the 8k Island Run on Inishnee Island in Galway. This promises to be a very scenic run boasting panoramic views of the majestic Twelve Ben’s. There will be no Parking on site everyone is asked to park in Roundstone as transport will be provided. Registration fee is €20 with the race starting at 12pm. Contact mccann9112@gmail.com for details.

On Sunday, Dublin’s quayside will be awash with Pink as competitors take part in the Great Pink Run 2012. This is a 5km or 10km run or walk in support of Breast Cancer Ireland. The flat course is ideal for beginners and those aiming for their personal bests with an almost complete absence of gradient of any kind. Details are at http://www.greatpinkrun.ie.

Lastly, the ‘High Tide’ 10k Fun Run and Walk in Kildysart, County Clare takes place on Sunday at 1pm. Kildysart is situated on the Shannon Estuary 20 k South West of Ennis on the R473. Details available from colinmcmahon@kildysart.com.

Adventure-Racing
The 33rd Mourne Mountain marathon takes place over the weekend. The event is a two day endurance and navigation challenge for teams of two. At the start of each day teams are presented with a course of varying numbers of control markers which are identified by 6-figure map references. They must visit each control in the prescribed order but may choose their own route between each marker. A feature of the event is the overnight camp at which all teams must be self-sufficient with everything being carried throughout the two days of competition. There are 4 classes to provide a challenge for all levels. Details are at: www.mourne2day.com

Walking/Hiking
The Mournes Challenge HACK takes place on Saturday and offers the option of a 14 or 20 mile sponsored challenge walk through the stunning Mourne Mountains in aid of NSPCC Northern Ireland. Registration costs £10 for the 14 mile and £20 for the 20 mile challenge. Details are at http://www.walkingandhikingireland.com/?ai1ec_event=mournes-challenge-hack

Also on Saturday is Concern’s ‘Climb4Concern’ climb of Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. See http://www.walkingandhikingireland.com/?ai1ec_event=climb4concern-carrauntoohil for details.

Triathalon
The Pulse Triathalon Club are hosting it’s 2012 Triathalon at Port Beach, Clogherhead. This year’s event will form part of Triathlon Ireland’s National Series. It will also play host to the Irish National Firefighters Triathlon Championships. Details are at: http://www.pulsetri.com/Content.php?AID=126

Orienteering

Round 3 of the Scatter Series takes place on Sunday at Tolka Valley Park whilst on Saturday, Carrick Mountain in Glenealy plays host to Mountain Bike Orienteering. Details of both events are at www.orienteering.ie

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