The Grand Prix Sub Committee have confirmed the dates for the ever popular Grand Prix Series. 2018 will be the 18th running of the series, (doesn`t time fly!), first won in 2001 by Jimmy Bennett and last year by Emma Dunne, the first lady to take the series. All the club`s “heritage” races are once again included: The Horan Cup, Irwin Cup, McDonald Cup, Walker Cup, the list goes on and on.
The series commences with the traditional opener, the Frank White Cup, 5 mile on the track in Morton Stadium on March 29th, a race which two years ago saw Sergiu Ciobanu run a new Irish record, and then runs for 16 rounds until the Horan Cup on November 24th. In between are races for all and on all surfaces: track, road, grass and the country.
Once again sponsors are in place, including Behan & Associates the overall series sponsor, so the prospects of athletes picking up a prize or two are pretty good.
Entry forms out soon.
The full schedule is below, and can also be found on both the Grand Prix Series Page, go to menu, then Promotions and drop down to Grand Prix and also in the Events Calendar.
|2018 Grand Prix Race Schedule|
|Round 1||Thurs 29th March||Frank White Cup||5 Mile||Track||Morton Stadium||8pm|
|Round 2||Thurs 12th April||McDonald Cup||4 Mile||Track||Morton Stadium||8pm|
|Round 3||Thurs 26th April||Clonliffe 2 Tommy Burton Cup||2 Mile||Track\Road||Morton Stadium||8pm|
|Round 4||Thurs 3rd May||Pat O’Hara Cup||3,000m||Track||Morton Stadium||8pm|
|Round 5||Thurs 17th May||Santry Mile Trophy||1 Mile||Track||Morton Stadium||8pm|
|Round 6||Thurs 24th May||McCarrick Plate *||2.5 Mile||Path||Malahide Castle||8pm|
|Round 7||Thurs 7th June||O’Connor Cup||4 Mile||Grass||Santry Demesne||8pm|
|Round 8||Thurs 21st June \ 5th July||Mick Murphy Cup *||5 Mile||Path||Malahide Castle||8pm|
|Round 9||Thurs 5th July \ 21st June||Richard Barr Cup||800m||Track||Morton Stadium||8pm|
|Round 10||Thurs 12th July||Byrne Trophy||1,500m||Track||Morton Stadium||8pm|
|Round 11||Thurs 26th July||Middlesex Trophy||5,000m||Track||Morton Stadium||8pm|
|Round 12||Thurs 6th September||Walker Cup||4 Mile||Track||Morton Stadium||8pm|
|Round 13||Thurs 13th September||Pat Bonass Trophy||10,000m||Track||Morton Stadium||8pm|
|Round 14||Sat 13th October||Ahern Cup||10 Mile||Path||Malahide Castle||12 noon|
|Round 15||Sat 10th November||Irwin Cup||6k||XC||Santry Demesne||12 noon|
|Round 16||Sat 24th November||Horan Cup||6 Mile||XC||Santry Demesne||12 noon|
|Please Note: Summer races in Malahide Castle are subject to change due to International Cricket matches and Concerts|