Wicklow’s Fionnuala Britton is very much in the news these days, especially since her qualification for the London 2012 Olympics , her recent European Cross Country championship Gold followed by a great victory in the BUPA International in Edinburgh.
This week she helped launch ‘ The Great Ireland Run 2012′ to be held in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday 15th April.
Fionnuala finished seventh woman in the Run last year, winning the Woodies’ DIY National 10k title on the way. She hopes to compete again in this year’s race. She says: “The Great Ireland Run really is an amazing event which mixes fun, families and top-class athletics in a brilliant atmosphere. The Phoenix Park is a stunning place to run and brings out the best in everyone.”
The 2012 Run will once again incorporate the Woodie’s DIY National 10k road championships and will feature most of Ireland’s top distance runners. To further incentivise elite Irish athletes and raise the standard of 10k running in the country, a prize fund is being put in place for the first ten Irish men and women.
2012 is the tenth anniversary of the event in Dublin which has grown rapidly in popularity since the first Run in 2003. Last year there were almost 11,000 participants and at least 12,000 are expected to take to the roads in the beautiful Phoenix Park which this year celebrates its own 350th birthday. The Run is the largest mixed 10k race in Ireland .
A star-studded field of international and national distance runners will compete on the day, including many of Ireland’s top male and female distance runners. Last year’s winners were Jesus Espana of Spain and Charlotte Purdue of Great Britain in 29:26 and 32:42 respectively.
Entries can be made online at www.greatirelandrun.org or by calling the Great Ireland Run Hotline on 1890 930 139. You can also find more details and up to date news on the event on the “Athletics Ireland” jottings on Facebook and Twitter.