Monday, March 25, 2013

Clonmel 6k race series...April 2013

This 6k road race series is organised by Clonmel AC and is coming up on Wednesday evenings during the month of April 2013. Some details below from the club....

Clonmel AC is delighted to announce that Morrison BMW Cahir is once again sponsoring our Inter Firms Road Race series and we would like to thank Gary Morrison for such sponsorship. Last year’s event attracted 60 teams and it was a brilliant success.

This year’s series gets underway on Wednesday 27th March at 6.15pm with a practise run over the route while the event itself gets underway on Wednesday 3rd, 10th and 17th of April. Then on Wednesday 24th of April we will hold the Annual Handicap race.

This is an event where you the athlete set the target, you decide every night what your finishing time is and then you have to run as close to that time to help your team. For instance, you could predict 30 mins for the 6k and then run the race in 30 mins 1 second and you score one point for your team. Then you have another athlete on your team who predicts his finishing time as 21 mins and runs the race in 21 mins 31 secs, he scores 30 points for the team. The three athletes that score the lowest points will count on your team, it is not based on your finishing position it is based on your time and what you predicted.

For this event to run fair and proper, anyone caught wearing a watch or Ipod, their team will be penalised heavily.

Now is the time to be organising your team of five athletes with the best three performances (closest to their predicted times) to count each night.

This sort of competition allows every athlete to set their own pace and regardless of where they finish in the race they can all help their team to win the competition.

For further details please contact Niall O Sullivan at 086 1660888.

The Course...The race starts outside the LIDL car park on the Waterford Road. The athletes then run down the Waterford road to the Bulmers Roundabout, turning right and going over Sir Thomas's Bridge, then right again and along by Kilganey, the Coleville road and finishing outside the entrance to the Loreto Convent. The same route that was used for the recent County Tipperary Novice mens 6k road championships.

Another date for your Diary is Wednesday 1st May when Clonmel AC will promote our first race in Cahir in association with Morrison BMW with the FUN4RUN 4 mile road race. More details to follow.

More details.......
The Practise run takes place on Wednesday 27th March with the closing date for the series on Friday 29th March. This is a Series that caters for all levels as every athlete set their own target, the predicted Finishing time, and then run the route without a watch or I phone etc. as regards Individuals not on teams, when they register for the event we will put them on teams. We also cater for the individual who only wants to run one or two of the races; we will charge them 5 Euros per night to participate. All levels are catered for like last year where we had athletes completing the course between 21 mins 28 secs to 47 mins 52 secs. 

On Wednesday 27th March we will hold the Practise run over the 6K Course. For this race and this race only of the Series, athlete’s can wear their watches. 

Entries will be taken in the Suirside Car Park near the Gashouse Bridge from 5.45 pm onwards and then athletes can jog down to the start at Lidl, on the Waterford road, approx 1Km. There will be no Parking near the Loreto Convent, plenty of parking available in the Suirside Carpark. We will be sending the athletes off in groups of 10 at approx every minute and all athletes must obey the rules of the road at all times. There will be no entry fee for the Practise Run.

Also NO IPODS – if an athlete is caught with one while in the race, the team will be penalised. Remember it is for your Safety and that of the other athletes that we are preventing the use of IPODS.
As regards the 6k series, starting on April 4th and Individuals not on teams, they can compete, by just sending their name by text – 086 1660888 or by email – and they will be allocated to a team. 

We will also cater for individuals who may just want to run one or two nights and do not want to be on a team. In that case just come down and enter early on that night and they will be charged 5 Euros a race.

Registration each night of the series will take place in the Suirside carpark only from 5,45pm onwards, there will be no registration at the LIDL Carpark. We would ask all team captains to come early and register your teams and their predicted times each night. 

Please note closing date for entries is Friday 29th March. The teams can be emailed to me by Friday 29th March and the entry fees can be paid on any of the nights. Make the cheques payable to Clonmel Athletic Club

Course Preview....Directions and a full course preview can be seen HERE

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