5K ROAD RACE: Wednesday next, August 10th, sees the eagerly awaited staging of the annual North Westmeath 5K Road Race, which caters for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities, from elite athletes to casual participants. The race will follow the traditional route from the start line on Pakenhamhall Road, out to Tullynally Castle and around the diamond in front of the castle, and back to the finish line on Pakenhamhall Road. There will be computerised time-keeping for all participants, and there will be cash prizes for the top three finishers in the masters races, ladies and gents team events, juniors, U.15, U.17 and U.20s categories. Prizes will also be on offer for the senior walkers, senior locals, U.15, U.17 and U.20 locals. Juvenile races will take place around the Square from 7.00pm, catering for ages between U.7 and U.13. Tea and refreshments will be available in McCormack’s, The Square, and shower and changing facilities will be available at the Castlepollard GAA complex on Pakenhamhall Road. Entry fees are 12 euro for senior and five euro for juniors. Locals and those travelling to Castlepollard for the event, or commuting through the area, are reminded that there will be road closures and diversions in place for the evening of August 10th, and are asked to co-operate with the stewards and race marshals. Hopefully the weather will co-operate and remain dry and bright for the day. Come along and even if not participating in the events yourself, cheer on the runners and walkers, and maybe determine to participate yourself next year.
CAUTION: There have been a number of burglaries and thefts in and around the area in recent weeks. When leaving home, ensure that the alarm system, if fitted, is activated, and that all windows and doors are properly secured, even upstairs. When going on holiday, inform the Gardai regarding when you are going to be away, and who is going to act as keyholder. Cancel deliveries that are non-essential, and have someone available to oversee those which are. Make a note of suspicious activity in your area, and note the description of vehicles and individuals acting in a suspicious manner. Contact the Gardai immediately, and also family, friends and other businesses in the area. The Gardai will be only too happy to investigate any reports of suspicious activity, and are to be complimented on their recent successes in apprehending criminals in the area.
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