Thursday, February 17, 2011

Races next weekend....Sat 19th & Sun 20th Feb 2011

This weekend, there are 2 off road events on the Saturday with a number of runs and races on the Sunday...

Sat 19th Feb 2011.....
Limerick.......The Irish Mountain Running Association are organising a race up to the top of Temple Hill in the Galtee Mountains. Details from IMRA as follows...
This is our first official race for 2011.We have a new course to start a new season,(Combe wood to temple hill )Combe wood is just up a mile from Angelsborough. If you are coming from Mitchelstown you turn off at the Firgrove roundabout for limerick (R513) you keep on this route for about two miles,at the far side of the glen there is a right turn for Angelsborough. When you get to Angelsborough take a sharp right hand turn at the Community centre the Church is on your left and the national school will be on your right when you turn up this road, follow this road for about a mile Combe wood is the only forestry on your left hand side,if you find yourself going  down a very steep hill have passed it by. 
The course starts 200 metres from the barrier on forestry roads we stay on the forest road for 2 and a half miles where you come to sheep pins and a style to the open mountain at this point we leave the forest road and head for the summet the ridge takes you to the right by a rocky outcrop then you keep to the left as you come to the top where the trig point is on top of a rocky pile touch this and it is all down hill from here back the way you came to the point you started at(if the day is foggy this could be tricky) Remember this may be called temple hill but it is a proper Mountain and even though the open mountain section is just over half a mile it is very steep. There will be refreshments afterwards in Angelsborough in the local pub.if you want to pre enter please email me and i will hold your number or if you have raced this year and have a number let me know and all you have to do is turn up on the day with your 10 euro.

Kerry......Wild Rest Run is an off road half Marathon going from Kenmare to Killarney on the old Kenmare Rd. Details below...
Date: Saturday, 19 February 2011 - 11:00am.....Contact Sean McKeown....Contact Number: + 44 7808 158950....Email:
Half Marathon Trail Run - Kenmare to Killarney National Park. Race follows 'Old Kenmare Rd' from Kenmare town centre to Muckross House in Killarney. Coach transport included - departs Scotts hotel Killarney 9:00am on race day. Shuttle to Killarney from Muckross post-race . Entertainment provided in Killarney in the evening Prizes Male and Female - 1st €300 running gear +more; 2nd €100 gear+more; 3rd €75 gear + more. Runners will receive a goody bag worth €25 including tshirt, gels/bars etc

Course Details:...First 2.6m are on tar road, from 2.6 to 6m is basically a jeep track on a 'green road' with some rocky/marshy areas but generally 'good running' - from 6m to 6.3m is an old tarmac road, so a good surface. 6.3m to 8.7m is mostly narrow tracks with little room for overtaking as its broken rocky terrain with a section of railway sleepers across a bog - thus, pretty 'technical' at this point - particularly on the descent, for the last mile of this section. From 8.7m to 11m is good running on a gravel track with plenty of room for overtaking, and the last stretch is solid tar up to Muckross House

Note. Only the very start in Kenmare will involve being on National Road - we will cross the 'Ring of Kerry' by use of an underpass at Torc Waterfall.

Sun 20th Feb 2011....
Cork....There is a 5 mile road race in Carrigaline, just to the South of Cork City. More details on the Running in Cork website.

Waterford.....The Kilmacthomas 5 mile road race will start at 11am
Sunday February 20th at 11 AM the 8th Annual Bausch and Lomb sponsored Kilmacthomas 5 mile road race will take place. All Proceeds from the race again this year will be donated to a worthy cause.Held over the fast Kilmac 5 mile course.The event is also race number three in this years Michael Roche Carpets spring series of road races.Entries will be taken at the community hall Kilmacthomas at the top of the town from 9.30 am, with the entry fee 8 Euro.Shower facilities will also be available in this hall after the event for both Men and Women. With the help of the very generous sponsorship very kindly given by Bausch and Lomb a very attractive prize fund will be on offer for the top competitors and plenty of spots for down the field finishers.

The categories are as follows:

MEN-1st 2nd and 3rd, 1st over 40,45,50,55.

LADIES- 1st 2nd and 3rd, 1st over 35,40,45,50,

Presentation of prizes will take place by kind permission at Kirwans Bar on the Main St. where sandwiches and refreshments will be available to all.
Clare.....The Patricia Corbett Memorial Walk/Run takes places from St.Kierans Centre, Labasheeda, Co.Clare
Start and Finish at St. Kierans Centre....Walk/Run €10 starts at 1pm....Half Marathon €20 starts at 1:30pm...Refreshments served afterwards....All proceeds to St. Lukes Hospital Dublin & Clare Crusaders Daycare Center Barefield.....For more info contact John O'Connell @ 087 967 2441
Tipperary....For Tipperary clubs, the Road Relay Championships take place in Dundrum at 1pm.

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