Fionnuala Britton has had to withdraw from the SPAR Great Ireland Run on Sunday next, 14 April, due to fatigue following a long, successful cross-country and indoor season.
After consultations with her coach, she has decided that a very competitive road 10k at this time could adversely affect her preparations for the forthcoming track season and she has regretfully decided not to compete.
Defending champion Gemma Steel of Great Britain will still face a very stiff challenge from Ireland’s European Championships gold-medal team members Linda Byrne, Ava Hutchinson and Lizzie Lee.
As part of the SPAR Great Ireland Run’s commitment to keeping athletics in the public eye an elite men’s mile has been added to the event programme and will precede the 10k Run on Chesterfield Avenue (the Main Road) in the Phoenix Park. This new race will bring exciting competition out of the stadium and make the sport more accessible, especially to the large number of children who will be present in the Phoenix Park on the day.
The mile will feature 15 top runners from Ireland and Great Britain including the fastest man in Ireland over 1500 metres last year, Paul Robinson of St Coca’s AC. Also in the field will be Colin Costello, former European Junior 1500 metre champion, Anthony Whitehead, former European 1500 metre silver medallist from Great Britain, Ireland’s top under 23 Darren McBrearty from Letterkenny, Nick Samuels from Great Britain and Eoin Everard from Kilkenny.
The SPAR Great Ireland Run incorporates the Athletics Ireland national 10k championships and a record field of 475 athletes have entered, an 8% increase on 2012.
While online entries to the SPAR Great Ireland Run have now closed, in-person entries can still be made on Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April at Life Style Sports in Blanchardstown. Full details at www.greatirelandrun.org