Thursday, November 6, 2008

Winter Evening Leagues in Munster

There are now a number of Winter Evening races underway in Munster. These are mainly concentrated around East Cork, Waterford and South Tipperary. Most are over short distances and are ideal for beginners, especially during the long Winter months when the days are short and it may not always be that safe running on the roads at night.
One of the oldest Winter leagues in operation is the one in Dungarvan, West Waterford. It attracts a lot of runners and has even featured on the Nationwide programme on RTE television. Just to emphasise the value of these races, it is worth quoting the following from the West Waterford AC website......"At a recent survey of the club’s runners, it was noted that an overwhelming majority of our runners took up running after they started the winter league. Over 80% had no previous running experience before they started the league and now many of them are regulars at all our races and have even represented the club at provincial and national level. "

So, here are a selection of the evening races now underway in Munster. If you are a seasoned runner or just a beginner, why not try them and see why they are so popular. In most cases, you just need a reflective vest or bib to run.

Midleton in East Cork at 7:30pm. 3 km race. Every 3rd Tuesday. Started in Oct and runs until Feb 2009.
More details HERE.

Carrick on Suir in South Tipp. Races are in nearly Pilltown. Every Tuesday at 7pm. Selection of 2.5 km and 5 km races. Started in October and runs until December.
More details HERE.

Clonmel in South Tipp. Every Wednesday at 7pm. Selection of 2 km and 4 km races. Started in October and runs until the 26th of November.
More details HERE.

Dungarvan in West Waterford. Every Wednesday at 7:20pm. Choice of 2.7 and 5.7 miles. Started in October and runs until the 17th of December.
More details HERE. Just scroll down that page a bit.

Waterford City. Choice of 2.4 miles and 5.2 miles. Every Thurday evening from the 6th of November to the 11th of December and from the 8th of January to the 12th of February. Starts at 7pm.
More details HERE.

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