Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Waterford Race notice...Portlaw 5 mile road race - Fri 9th May 2014

The second race in the 3 Counties Challenge is on next Friday, the 9th of May 2014 with the Tom Jordan Portlaw 5 mile road race in Co.Waterford...

Note from the organisers......The sixth annual O' Neill Pharmacy Tom Jordan Memorial 5-mile road race will be held in Portlaw on this Friday evening, May 9th, at 7:30pm. This very popular race is the second in this year's OutfieldSports.ie Three Counties Challenge which got underway in Faugheen two weeks ago. The brand new route for this year's race is very fast and flat and runners will have a great opportunity to clock a fast time for the distance. Last year's event was won by Sergiu Ciobanu from Clonliffe Harriers in 24:43 and Dymphna Ryan from Dundrum took the ladies' race in 29:26. There was a great turnout of 245 runners in 2013 and a big entry is again expected on Friday.

The entry fee for the race is €10 and registration will take place in the Heritage Centre, Portlaw, from 6pm. It is worth noting that all runners who complete four of the five races in this series will receive a Ron Hill voucher for use at Outfield Sports, Carrick-on-Suir. There will be team prizes for both men and ladies as well as all the usual category prizes.

Prize-giving and post-race refreshments will be at the Forge Bar where all are assured of a warm welcome from Brian Nugent and the Portlaw Red Cross team. If you are looking for an enjoyable run over a fast five-mile course then Portlaw is the place to be this Friday! For further information contact Alan (051-641826) or Mark (086-1608165).

For further information see www.carrickroadrunners.ie 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) Post race refreshments and prize giving is at the Forge Inn which is only about 600 metres away from the roundabout.

Please note that map below shows the course for 2013. There will be a new course in 2014 due to road closures. However, note the positions of the Heritage Centre for entries and the Forge Inn for post race refreshments.

Some of the key locations for the race are shown below...(Ignore the directions for the start line which is from 2013)
Entries taken at the Heritage Centre at the western side of the roundabout
Post race refreshments at the Forge Inn.

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