Thursday, February 3, 2011

Races coming up this weekend....Sat 5th & Sun 6th Feb 2011

There are 2 events coming up this weekend and both are in Kerry...

Kerry....Sat 5th Feb 2011
The Lapping of the Lakes 10K run or walk through Killarney National Park takes place at 2pm on Saturday February 5th. Registration from 12 noon at Kerry Parent’s & Friends. Entry €20. All proceeds to the Kerry Stars Special Olympic club. AA permit has been granted.

Kerry Parents & Friends is located at the Old Monastery on Port Road...
If the weather co-operates, this should be a stunning location for a race as it goes through the National Park with the mountains of Kerry as a backdrop.

Note that the registration and the race is on the Western side of the town of Killarney. If you are coming from Cork, the quickest route is probably to take the Northern bypass as if you were heading for Killorglin but turn in towards the town at the last roundabout. Look for the church spire and you can't go wrong.
Kerry...Sun 6th Feb 2011
This race/run is off-road and is being organised by Munster IMRA. Details below...
The gathering place for the race will be O Riadas Bar and Restaurant which is on the right hand side about 4 miles out of Castleisland on the Tralee road at grid ref Q94290-12042, for people coming from the Abbeyfeale side they will no longer go through Castleisland but will take the by pass for Tralee, this will bring them onto a roundabout about half a mile on the Tralee side of Castleisland and from there to O Riadas is approx 3 miles, from O Riadas to the junction where the race will start is about .8 of a mile so a nice warm up, the run to O Riadas from the finish is approx 1.5 mile but all downhill on road,

At the start of the race there will be 1 mile of tar road and then half a mile of forest road and after that it will be a lot of narrow winding trail so a good position will be important at the end of the road as passing will be difficult but by no means impossible in a large section of the course after this.

More info from John Lenihan...
The distance of Sundays run is just under 5 miles but due to the steepness of the terrain peoples times will be closer to their 10k times. We will use the new trail which we are building here in Ballymacelligott as a venue for a trail race/ fun run/walk. The entry will be 10 euros for the runners and 6 euros for those who want to do the walk event. Hot food will be served at O'Riadas resturaunt afterwards and this is costing the organizers 6 euro per person thus the 6 euro entry fee for walkers.

The event starts at 1 o clock and the start is about a 10 minute walk from the registration area.

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