Top European & Irish stars among entries

Entries from Elite entries have started pouring in according to organisers of the 2011  Phoenix Park race. The first wave of elite confirmations  included European Cross Country Champion Sergiy Lebid, 2010 winner Martin Fagan and Ireland’s top distance female runner Fionnuala Britton.

The 10k event  takes place on Sunday April 10th in the Phoenix Park, Dublin and incorporates the Irish national championships over the distance.

Close on 1000 athletes have already signified their intention of participating, with the majority of overseas entries being from the United Kingdom – a significant boost to Irish tourism as most will be travelling with their families and spending a weekend in the city..

Sergiy Lebid, from Ukraine, won the European Cross Country Championships in December 2010, his ninth success in the event. He is Europe’s outstanding cross country and distance runner. This year will be Lebid’s fourth visit to Dublin for the Great Ireland Run. He finished fourth in 2006 and 2007 and third in 2008.

Martin Fagan, from Mullingar Harriers, won the 2010 Run in 29 minutes and 17 seconds and was third in 2009. He is the Irish half marathon record holder with a time of 60 minutes 57 seconds.

Fionnuala Britton from Wicklow will be making her road debut at the SPAR Great Ireland Run and should be in top shape.

She finished an excellent fourth place in the European Cross Country Championships in December 2010 and followed that a week later with second place at the Cross Cup in Belgium.

She is just back from altitude training in South Africa and is targeting the World Cross Country Championships in Spain in March before coming to the Phoenix Park race in April.

Race Communications Director, David Hart, from organisers Nova International said: “As in previous years, the 2011 Run will mix some of the world’s top middle distance athletes over the same course with joggers and fun runners. The event is a great day out for families and we expect that this year’s event will attract even more runners, joggers and walkers from every county in Ireland and that all those who take part will enjoy the benefits of getting fit.”

Further elite names are expected to  be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Entries for the SPAR Great Ireland Run continue to pour in through or telephone (00 353) 1890 930 139

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