The growing popularity of the Enniskillen Spooktacular 5K night race around the streets of Enniskillen which takes place tomorrow night (Friday) is without doubt such a fitting legacy to the late Martin Dillon. 
Martin, who died so tragically this time last year, was an energetic driving force behind the concept of the night time race and did much to get the first Spooktacular off the ground and on to the streets. 
Indeed, the popularity of the night time 5K is such that it is now one of the biggest sports participation events in the Fermanagh sporting calendar and hence what a fitting legacy to an Enniskillen Running Club member who did much to further the sport in Fermanagh not only as an athlete but also an administrator. 
Indeed, tomorrow night the elite athletes will be competing for the Martin Dillon Memorial Cup and once again the Dillon family will be remembering Martin by competing. 
Martin’s brother Matt takes up the story. 
“Martin’s first anniversary Mass will be on Friday morning at St. Michael’s Church and then later on we will all be running the Spooktacular in memory of Martin. I think there is about 25 family members taking part,” explained Matt. 
He added: “It is a great way for us as a family to come together and it is something we, especially the immediate family, intend to do every year. Being the first anniversary of Martin’s death it will be tough but it helps keep us focused.” 
This year’s Spooktacular has a new route which starts opposite the Clinton Centre and takes in the Broadmeadow Riverside walk and finishes near the Diamond. All of the 5K is within the town centre. The new route has helped attract what looks like a stellar cast for the race with the likes of Conan McCaughey, three times champion Mark Hoy, Stephen Prentice and Monaghan’s Coonor Duffy all among the contenders for the mens title. In the womens race Patricia O’Hagan and Denise Toner are set to battle it out.
Organisers are hopeful of topping last year’s record entry of almost 1,000 runners.