Friday, May 7, 2010

Waterford...Preview of the Waterford-Tramore 7.5 - Sat 8 May 2010

The 41st Annual Bausch And Lomb Waterford To Tramore 7.5 takes place at 7pm on Saturday.

This is the third race in the Ger Wyley Summer Series. In 2009, there were 354 finishers.

It's a point-to-point race, so there are some logistical issues to be considered.

Whilst pre-entry has been encouraged, you can still register on the day from 5.45 to 6.45 sharp at The Theatre Royal, The Mall, Waterford.
Entry fee on the day: €12 (or Juniors u20 at €5) All entrants must be over 16.

Last year, the weather was ideal. This year, the forecast is for potential rain in South Munster / South Leinster.

Chip timing will be used. This will be stapled to the back of your bib, and must be returned at the end of the race.
The start line will be about 200m from the Theatre Royal.
The course is outbound from Waterford via Parnell Street, to Tramore, along the R675 road. It will be supervised, but not closed to road traffic. After 2 miles, there is a decent hard-shoulder on both sides. There are no serious hills. As I recall from last year, it was running on the left-hand side all the way; and the
re was one waterstation, about half-way outside Steinberg Fireplaces, at Coolgower, about 4 miles out, plus water at the finish line, which is just outside the Tramore Bus √Čireann depot, opposite the Majestic Hotel.

If you managed to do the first race in the series - the 'Marine Climb 6', then you should have no difficulty over this distance. If you felt comfortable at the 'Butlerstown 10k', then it's just 20% extra distance, over similar terrain.

There is a Bus √Čireann service Route 360 between Waterford & Tramore.
You could either drive to Tramore early, and get the bus into Waterford; or park in Waterford, and get a bus back after the race.
Or travel in pairs to Tramore, and share a car back to Waterford.

There will be showers, refreshments, results & prizes at the Tramore GAA Clubhouse afterwards. At about 6.5 miles, as you enter Tramore, there is a roundabout at a high-point on the road. The GAA club is to the left (east) of this roundabout.

Safety announcement :-
For exact details, checkout the MapMyRun (created by Waterford AC)

Course record :-
F: Pauline Lambe, Tullamore Harriers AC 44.08 (2009)
M: Sandis Bralitis, West Waterford AC 37.53 (2008)

Organized by Waterford AC
Contact: Malachy Mc Glynn (086) 824 7605, Derek Grant (087) 2893485, James Veale (086) 818 4762
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