Monday, May 6, 2013

Race notice...Portlaw 5 mile road race - Fri 10th May 2013

The second race in the 3 Counties Challenge is on next Friday, the 10th of May 2013 with the Tom Jordan Portlaw 5 mile road race in Co.Waterford...

Note from the organisers......The 3 Counties Challenge moves to Co. Waterford for the second race in the series, the Tom Jordan Portlaw 5 Mile Roadrace ,sponsored by Dermot O'Neill Pharmacy on Friday 10th May @ 7:30 . This is a new race to the 3 Counties Challenge, although  Carrick on Suir AC have helped organise the Race for our friends in the Local Red Cross in the last few years. In our opinion this is one of the best 5 mile courses in Munster and is  a great race to set a PB.
Registration can be done online at or on the night from 6:00 p.m. at the Heritage Centre in Portlaw. As with all the series races Entry Fee is €10.00.
As normal the race is AAI Permit approved, Accurately Measured and very well stewarded ,including Red Cross Ambulance. Refreshments after the race and prize presentation will be at the Forge Bar.
All proceeds on the night go to the Local Unit of the Portlaw Red Cross.
The prize fund is as follows:-
1st/2nd/3rd  Man/Woman - €200/€125/€75
Age category Prizes - Mens o-40/0-45/o-50/o-55/o60.
Womens o-35/o-40/o-45/o-50/o-55
Mens & Womens Team Prize
First U-19 Boy/Girl.......Please note that all runners must be aged 18 or over.
Plus loads of spot prizes.
Don't forget, anyone running 4 out of 5 Races in the series will receive a €25.00 voucher for Adidas Running Shoes at Outfield Sports.
For further information see or the Carrick Roadrunners Facebook page.

Located in Portlaw in Co.Waterford, this race should be of interest to runners from a wide catchment area...

...especially those in Waterford City which is only 14 miles / 22 kms away. Note that Portlaw is located just west of the R680 road which runs from Waterford City to Carrick-on-Suir...

Directions.......If you are coming from the North / Carrick-on-Suir side then look out for the turn right. You then keep following this road into the town....keep going straight...and you'll end up at the roundabout near the registration point.

If it's from the South / Waterford City side then take the left...

...and then you'll come to a T-junction where you turn right.....cross the bridge......and then take the first left.....

This will take you to the roundabout which is located at the western side of the town.

If you are coming from West Waterford then take the N25 east as far as Carroll's Cross Road, Ballyshonock........turn left at the old red/orange thatched cottage, which is signposted "L4022 Portlaw". The large QK Cold Storage plant is on the opposite side of the road. This road takes a shorter route to Portlaw.

There are a few places that you need to take note of...

1) Entries will be taken at the Heritage / Resource Centre which is located next to the roundabout.
2) The finish line is right outside the Community Centre, about 150 metres from the registration point.
3) Post race refreshments and prize giving is at the Forge Inn which is only about 600 metres away from the roundabout.
4) The start line is about 700 metres from the registration point

Course....As you can see from the map above, the race starts on the northern side of the town, takes in a clockwise loop and finishes back in the town itself. It is mostly flat and fast for the first three miles with the only real hill between miles 3 and 4.

Full course preview with photos....HERE

Some of the key locations for the race are shown below...
Entries taken at the Heritage Centre at the western side of the roundabout
Finish line outside the Community Hall. Roundabout is just up the road
Post race refreshments at the Forge Inn. The start line is just beyond

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