ATHLETICS

Date set for Rás na hÉireann 2017

Annual event to take place on February 7

Gavin McLaughlin

Reporter:

Gavin McLaughlin

Date set for Rás na hÉireann 2017

Action from the 2015 Ras na hEireann. Picture: Ciaran Culligan

Preparations are well underway for this year's Rás na hÉireann cross-country event on February 5, which will take place as usual on the fantastic Battle of the Boyne site at Oldbridge House.

The online entry system will be up and running soon and as usual, the entry will be available on the day. There will be an extra treat this year for all the finishers in the senior and master races!

The Rás, as it is popularly known, was first staged by Dunleer AC and Larry Mc Guill in 1970, and a fitting tribute to Larry who sadly passed away in 2011 is the presentation of the Larry McGuill Memorial Cup to the winner of the men's race by Larry's wife, Bernadette.  

The Louis Duffin Cup will be presented to the first Dunleer AC senior man home and the winning men's team will be presented with the Noel McGuill Cup.

This year, as well as the Sandra Floyd Memorial Cup for the winning ladies' team, there will be cups presented to the first woman home in the senior ladies' race and the first Dunleer AC woman home. This gesture will reward and appreciate the equal effort made by the ladies who train hard and compete hard at cross country.

The juvenile programme commences at noon with the U9s and continues with U11, U13, U15 and U17. All details will be available in the lead up to the Rás on February 5 on www.dunleerac.net and on rasnaheireann.com as well as the Dunleer AC Facebook page.