By Race Director Michael Cunningham

How did you get started into running? Well for some members of Sportsworld their first introduction to running was through the Sportsworld 5 mile race which then lead onto them going the club.

Would you like to give something back to the club other than the annual membership fee? Each year a team of volunteers, called the race committee, organise the planning and improvements to the club race.

The committee jobs vary from working on the accounts, trying to get sponsorship money, race promotion through social media, co-ordinating and project managing events on the day and bringing new ideas and suggestions to keep the race improving each year. Is this paid? no. Is it hard work? can be. Will you get a warm happy feeling inside? not guaranteed. But without the race committee the race simply would not happen and without improvements being made each year the race will fade away and disappear like other races.

Currently the race is in a healthy condition, it has a good reputation among runners and we have good co-operation with the Gardai. Areas we need to improve on include corporate sponsorship, possible update on the graphics for the race, cost management and race promotion.

If you would like to get involved in a committee in the club it’s a good place to start. There are not too many meetings, there is no pressure or extreme deadlines and the race day experience of seeing people enjoy a race you helped organise is second to none.

So if you think you would like to be a member of the 2016 race committee or you simply have suggestions or contacts that you think would be useful please send an email to

TV footage of the 1989 Sportsworld 5 mile classic below!