Britton looking forward to Great Ireland Run in European 10k pursuit
Fionnuala Britton is looking forward to racing on home soil and the chance to run with the masses having confirmed her participation in this year’s SPAR Great Ireland Run 10k which will take place on the roads of the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday 6 April.
“I’m looking forward to running a big race on home turf again,” said Britton who last ran in the event in 2011 when she was first Irish finisher in seventh place and won the Irish 10k championships. As usual, an elite field will contest the event this year and the names of Britton’s overseas challengers will be announced in the coming weeks.
After a strong cross-country season, when she was fourth in the European Championships in December 2013 and then second in the Bupa Great Edinburgh XCountry International in January 2014, Britton is currently undertaking a major block of training towards her summer goal of competing at the European Championships in Zurich over 10,000 metres on the track.
The Kilcoole athlete is looking forward to the change of surface on the roads and the chance for runners of all abilities to run in the same race as her as opposed to just watching from the sideline.
“It’s different than cross country because instead of being ‘on show’ to the people who are interested in athletics, this way I can run with them instead,” glowed Britton.
She recently parted company amicably with her coach Chris Jones to take more direct control of her own training and racing programme and the SPAR Great Ireland Run will be her first outing under this new arrangement before she seeks to run a qualifying time in Britain in early May for the European Championships.
The SPAR Great Ireland Run is the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body of athletics. The event is one of twenty-two races in the world to receive an IAAF Road Race Silver Label in recognition of the event’s high standard of organisation, elite participation and media profile.
The event is Ireland’s largest mixed 10k and up to 12,000 adults and children are expected to participate in the run and its associated junior events. Every 10K finisher will receive a technical event t-shirt, medal, goody bag and chip timed results.
For elite announcements and more information on the SPAR Great Ireland Run please visit www.greatirelandrun.org
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Meanwhile, Mark English has withdrawn from the Birmingham Indoor international and National Indoor Championships this weekend due to a respiratory tract infection. Jumping the Gun will be previewing the action tomorrow and in Saturday’s Irish Examiner.
Athletics Ireland 10K Championships
The event also includes the AAI national 10K championships
Participants are encouraged to raise funds for good causes they believe in and the Run’s nominated charities are SPAR’s Charity partner, the 3Ts (Turn the Tide of Suicide) and the Irish Cancer Society. The Baby Max Wings of Love Fund is the nominated charity for the SPAR Junior Run and Mini Great Ireland Run.
Entrants can identify a preferred county in the online entry system if they want to take part. Before the event they will receive a customised number displaying their chosen county colours. A minimum of five runners per county are needed to qualify, the winner is determined by the fastest average time of each county’s competitors.