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Britton for Great Ireland Run

Fionnuala Britton

Fionnuala Britton

Ireland’s leading distance runner, Fionnuala Britton, has 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.

Britton’s last run in the event was 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.

Britton 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.

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