Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Race notice...Marine Climb 6 mile road race - Fri 13th Apr 2012

'Ger Wyley Sports/Nike Summer Series 20th Annual Marine Climb 6 Mile Road Race'...Fri 13th April 2012 at 7pm. Starting in Dungarvan in West Waterford, this race may be of interest to runners in East Cork or South Tipperary as well. It is perhaps a bit unusual in that it is a point to point race rather than a loop. While you normally should have no problem getting a lift back, if you are going with friends then consider leaving a car beforehand at the Marine Bar for the return journey.

This is the first race of the Ger Wyley/Nike summer series. Entries for the race will be taken in St. Joseph's primary school, Dungarvan. This is right alongside the church as you drive into the town from the Cork side. Entry fee for the race is 8 euros and is open to all runners over 16 years of age. There is plenty of parking nearby near the start and near the local sports centre.

The race starts at the waters edge near the band stand at 7.00 pm and the race goes out the Cork road and then left. Up to roughly the 2.8 mile mark, the course is pretty reasonable with plenty of flat and downhill sections. The second half of the course is a different story however. This is where the climbing begins. The road twists and turns as you climb up a consistent gradient before coming back out onto the hard shoulder of the main road around 4.5 miles. Pretty soon, you turn off again onto another country road which brings you to the rear of the Marine Bar which is located on the main road.

This race traditionally see’s a big turnout for the start of the series. While the route may be seen as a challenge, there are no really serious hills so it's suitable for anyone who can do 6 miles comfortably. Prizes for individual Senior and Masters Men's and Women's categories. Prizes also for handicap teams of 5, which will be picked on the night. Course Record: Siobhain O’ Doherty Borrisokane 37.48 (2009). James Sullivan Waterford A.C 30.20 (1995)

The Marine Bar has been located on this spot for well over 200 years. Named after the soldiers that used to stop here, it was a long history which can be seen HERE

More information on the Ger Wyley Summer Road Race Series HERE

Please note that there is a separate charge if you want to enter the overall series on the night.

Organised by West Waterford AC

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