Weekend Guide Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September

Athletics
The Annual Credit Union Streets of Monaghan 5k will take place on Friday 21st September at 7pm. The race will be the usual 2 lap course around the streets of Monaghan. A 2.5km juvenille race is also being introduced this year. Registration is in the St Louis Convent hall in Monaghan from 5:30, with the usual refreshments afterwards in the hall.

Sunday sees the 2nd Charleville International Half-Marathon take place. Organised by North Cork A.C., the race is billed as the ‘flattest, straightest Half-Marathon in Ireland’ so may be one for a PB. The race is AAI Permit approved. Late entry is available online for €30 or €35 on the day of the race between 8:15am and 9:30am. See www.charlevillehalf.com for details.

In Dublin, the Third Age 5k Run takes place at Malahide Castle on Saturday at 11am. All money raised goes to Senior Helpline, the national phone help line for older people. For details, contact fundraising@thirdageireland.ie.

Also in Dublin, the Rathfarnham 5k takes place on Sunday at 10am. There are technical T-shirts for the first 800 finishers and a goodie bag for all finishers. Online entry is available at http://www.athleticsrathfarnham.ie.

The final race in the ‘Ramble Aid’ series takes place on Sunday at 11am in Corkagh Park. Ramble Aid is a series of three 5K run/walk/cycle/wheelchair events in three regional parks in Dublin. The emphasis is very much on fun and in order to make participation as inclusive as possible, the organisers have an entry fee of just €5 per person. This should even allow whole families to participate in this special community event without costing too much. See www.rambleaid.ie for details.

The Clare 10k Bra Fun Run/Walk takes place on Saturday at 11am with the venue being the West County Hotel. This fun event in aid of Breast Cancer Research NBCRI is open to all and the organisers encourage men as well as ladies to take part. On the day you will receive a t-shirt and a certificate. See http://www.facebook.com/events/440974672610005 for details.

The Wexford Town 10k Run and Walk takes place on Sunday at 11:00am (walkers 10:00am). There will be a high quality technical tee shirt for the first 500 finishers and goodie bags for all finishers. Entry is €20 online or €25 on the day. See www.faytheharriers.com for details.

For something a bit different, check out the Land of Legends 8k in County Louth. This is a cross-country run with jumps and challenges built into the course. Participants can run or walk the course and must be over 18yrs. There will be lots of entertainment for all the family from face painting, farmers market, plus lots more. Entry is €20 (€25 on the day) with all proceeds going to the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre. See http://www.landoflegends8k.com/ for details.

On the Cross Country front, the Star of the Sea meet takes place in Greenanstown, Stamullen, County Meath on Sunday. Juvenille races are at 11am with adults at 12:45pm. Contact C. Brennan on 087 2533113 for details.

Also in Meath is the Meath Hunt Fox Trot 5k which takes place on Saturday at 7pm. This is a fun 5k road event for everyone from the elite runner to jogger and walker. Entry for adults is €20, juniors €5. Contact 087 2591197 or email thefoxtrotrun@gmail.com for details.

Adventure Racing
The Wicklow Adventure Race (WAR) takes place in Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow on Saturday. The WAR-Sport offers a 39k challenge whilst the full WAR covers 73k taking in a run over the iconic Sugar Loaf mountain, kayaking on Vartry Lakes and a cycle over Sally Gap. See http://www.wicklowadventurerace.com for full details.

Walking
The Burren Ramble for the RNLI Lifeboats will take place this Sunday 23rd September. Ramblers are asked to assemble at Fanore beach car park at 12.30 for a 1.00pm start. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable walking/weather gear. The Ramble through the beautiful landscape of the Burren will bring people to the bottom of Sliabh Elva with stunning views of Galway Bay and the Caher Valley. Information from Joe Queally on 0876260301.

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