‘A grand stretch in the evenings’ – all the more reason to sign up to an event this April. Plenty of mid week training runs and full classes of daylight, whats not to love about this time of year? So here are a few of our favourite races coming your way this month.
Dunboyne 4 mile
A great distance for those looking to venture beyond the 5k mark, but not yet ready for the 10k and a great reason to get out for a run with company on a Sunday afternoon, to burn off some of the previous weeks easter eggs. (4 miles is 6.6k – approx).
A flat course in a figure of 8 loop around the town in Dunboyne allows for a great atmosphere throughout the run, with spectators able to cheer at several distances along the road. Not to mention the spread of food in the community centre post run. What are you waiting for sign up to this one today.
April sees us heading West for the half, full and ultra Connemarathon. Not for the faint hearted this hilly course will certainly challenge you but the views are worth every incline. Buses ferry runners at different times throughout the day to their start line. The ultra starting first, followed but the full and then the half.
The race has been running for a good few years now and is very well organised. You can bring your bag directly to the start line of each event and drop it on the truck, it will be there waiting for you at the finish line.
Each course finishes with the same 13.1 mile route of the half. The half is certainly the most popular distance of this event. The full draws less and not surprising the ultra smaller numbers again. However it really is a great run to get to know your fellow runners with a great fun atmosphere and everyone thinking the same thing… where are the hills??
The first half of the full is by far the flattest of the route. Once you come into Leenan where you meet the start of the half there is a climb out. From here the quite literally rolling hills just tick along. Then one final long climb before the final descent into the finish line where medals and finisher t shirts await you.
The only potential downside is the logistics. You cannot drive to the start. Everyone is bused to ease congestion on these country roads. Buses depart from Galway and Clifden (both a great base for the weekend), so it does involve early morning start on the race morning- especially if you are doing one of the longer distances. You also risk losing the race atmosphere when you head away from Connemara after race, so don’t forget to check out the spread of food in the hotel beside the finish line before you depart.
The famous ‘I hit the Wall at Connemara’ tshirts are highly sought after and seen frequently all over the country from April onwards.
A great weekend of running with registration on Friday all day in Galway/Clifden and race on the Saturday morning. The Connemarathon race website has great information on where to stay and the timing of the weekend.
SPAR Great Ireland Run – 5 & 10k
For the first year now the Spar great Ireland run has introduced a 5k option which looks to be a very fast course. Those who have run 5k’s before in the Phoenix park will be happy to see a move away from the fury glen hills and the flats of the opposite side of the park.
As well as the 5k, the ever popular 10k is always a good race, drawing large crowds with waved starts and busy roads it is usually a great day out in the Park and will really give you the buzz for the summer of racing ahead.
Dublin Remembers 1916 5K
This is set to be a truly unique run, after all there is not going to be another 100 year celebration of the 1916 rising. The run take’s place on Sunday 24th April at 9:00am and is a great chance for anyone who wants to run through Dublin’s streets (they are rarely ever closed off for runs) specifically O’ Connell street along outside the GPO and soak up some history along the way.
All finishers will receive a unique commemorative Dublin Remembers 1916 Run technical t-shirt, for a €10 entry fee that’s a bargain.
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