Events.....10 km Fun Run
This event attracted thousands of walkers and runners and was a huge event. The actual course was not measured with a Jones counter and was probably short of the proper 10 km distance by a few hundred metres. Considering that entrants had paid €25 to enter, surely the course should have been measured accurately? Despite this, the 10 km event with all of the runners in it really added to the whole event and party atmosphere in the city on the day.
Marathon & Half-Marathon....
The Marathon and Half-Marathon courses were accurately measured with a Jones counter and had an AAI licence. So what was the course like? As a city Marathon and comparing it to Cork and Dublin, I thought that the chosen course was a case of where it 'could' go rather than 'should' go. You got the feeling that the chosen route was selected to cause the minimum of disruption to the city rather than what would make for a good Marathon route. There was a bit too much jumping up up and down off footpaths, some sections especially by the river were very narrow and there were plenty of bollards and traffic cones you could have an accident with especially where the runners were bunched together. There were some talk before the event about gates along the route but they must have been removed as there was no issue there.
As for whether it was a fast course, there were a suprising number of short pulls. There was nothing major but you certainly couldn't call it a flat fast course.
Considering that there were 3 major races taking place and it was the first year, the whole event went reasonably well. I know there were some major issues like congestion on the 10 k route, the lack of a properly measured 10 k route and some of the faster Marathon runners taking a wrong turn and finishing early due to some stewarding issues. No doubt lessons will be learnt this year to improve the event for the future.
Overall, it was a great sporting event for the city of Limerick. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the city and it as a great opportunity for local runners to participate in a Half and Full Marathon in their home town. The 10 k event no doubt attracted a lot of first time runners and in a region where there is a serious shortage of road races, that is no bad thing. It will be interesting to see in future years how this event progresses now that it has got off to a flying start.
There are results of a kind now available at this LINK
Put in your name or race number and your time with splits should appear towards the bottom of the page.
Photos......(Updated Thurs 6th 11:30pm)
We have a large selection of photos by Paudie Birmingham of Cork Running Pictures...
1) 21 shots of the start of the Limerick Marathon HERE
2) 63 photos near the 1 mile mark HERE
3) 171 photos near the 11 mile mark HERE
4) 112 photos towards the end. There should be loads of Half-Marathon runners in here as well. Click HERE
5) Another set of 122 photos near the end HERE
A great slideshow is available HERE
A series of photos on this Facebook page
Some commercial photos on this website.
Did you take part? What did you think of it? Click on the comment link below and let others know what you think.