Athletics Weekly - - PREVIEWS -

GEMMA STEEL is one of a num­ber of British run­ners who are tak­ing on the Ir­ish in the Garmin Great Ire­land Run in Dublin on Sun­day.

Steel tack­les the 10km in Phoenix Park – Europe’s largest ur­ban park – along­side fel­low Brits such as Naomi Taschi­mowitz, but they will face com­pe­ti­tion from the Ir­ish on their home soil in the bat­tle for the Sean Kyle Memo­rial Tro­phy, which is given to the top team based on the cu­mu­la­tive time of all run­ners.

The Ir­ish team has won the tro­phy for the past two years and in­cludes Kerry O’Fla­herty, Shona Heaslip and Mick Clo­hisey – with the lat­ter aim­ing for his first in­di­vid­ual win in the Great Ire­land Run after a cou­ple of run­ner-up fin­ishes.

There will also be a scrap for hon­ours in the All Ire­land County Chal­lenge with Done­gal aim­ing to re­tain its ti­tle.

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