from AAI website With the Beijing Olympics grabbing all the headlines and people from all around the world being inspired by our sports men and women, why not challenge yourself and see how fast you can run the classic distance of a mile!
It was in 1954 that the four minute mile barrier was broken for the first time, and organisers of the Mizuno Mile Series are hoping that the ‘miracle mile’ will feature as part of this year’s series.
The Mizuno Mile Series, now in its second year, is run at locations across Great Britain and Northern Ireland and incorporates races for elite athletes as well as fun runs for youngsters and adults.
On Wednesday, August 27, the Mizuno Mile Series comes to Stormont. Taking place on the Prince Of Wales Drive, the event includes many of the UK’s top athletes including James Thie of Cardiff who has won mile races across the globe and two of the leading British juniors Mitch Goose and Rick Ward. An international flavour to the event comes in the form of top Kenyan athlete Josephat Boit who will face some local competition including Andrew Gourley and Gareth Hill and Scot Kevin Kane.

The ladies race looks like being fiercely competitive with international Kelly Reid from City of Lisburn taking part this year and Newcastle’s Kerry Harty looking to go one better than her runners-up spot last year.

The event also includes a more relaxed theme in the form of a 1 mile run, where anyone can take part. Participants can choose to run or walk the mile and all finishers receive a free goody bag. Athletes will be sent off in waves/ groups of families, kids, club runners etc. This is a fun event and open for all the family! Whether you Walk, Jog, Run, or ‘Push’ it doesn’t matter…..as long as you take the challenge!

Entry costs £5 (adults) and £3 (juniors) and can be made online at www.niathletics.org/mizuno or else entries will be taken on the night.

Julian Moorhouse, race co-ordinator for Mizuno, says: “We launched the Mizuno Mile series in 2007, and it was so successful that we are repeating the series this year. The senior events include internationals who just missed out on a place in Team GB for Beijing and have had to pick themselves up after the disappointment of missing the Games. Stormont is a fabulous location for the mile, the fast course and lovely surroundings. We hope the course record set last year at 3’54 will be revised.

Julian continues, the event starts at 7.15pm with the Fun Run for children and adults. The elite races will be run at 8pm. Everyone is encouraged to come along for the evening. A mile is a nice distance that almost anyone can jog or run.”


Dublin Simon Community 25th Anniversary 5 Mile Road Race
Saturday 11th October
The Phoenix Park from 9.30 a.m.

2008 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Annual Dublin Simon Fun Run and promises to be bigger and better than ever. Dublin Simon Fun Run is the longest running charity event in the Phoenix Park and this year we not only promise a great day out for runners of all levels, but we promise one of the best family days out of the year. We’ll have three separate races to cater for all ages, and plenty of entertainment for those who prefer to take on the role of supporters.

The Fun Run is also the perfect way to help with your race fitness for the Dublin City Marathon which will be taking place two weeks later. Because it is only 5 miles it should be injury free and is an ideal tapering down race.

Register online soon at www.funrun.ie or now by phone on (01) 671 5551 .

So what are you waiting for, get involved and help us make this the biggest charity Fun Run of the year…