The recently configured flatter course for this month’s annual An Ríocht Athletic Club 10Miler is most likely to produce new distance records for some and personal bests for many more.
The 5K route for the graduates of the currently training Couch to 5K squad remains the same as in years past and runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome.
Race Time at 10am
The annual Kingdom Come 10 mile and 5k Run will be held on Sunday, April 22nd. and both events will kick off at the earlier time of 10am.
The elimination this year of the Limerick Road uphill, dead pull at the outset of the 10Miler event is a welcome development for all as it took a lot of wind out of all sails.
The race attracts athletes from all the leading clubs throughout Munster and some from beyond
New Flat Route
“The 10 mile run has a brand new route this year which is very flat and will provide a great opportunity for runners to attain personal best times,” said An Riocht AC Manager, Hazel Byrne.
“It promises to be a great event backed by the experienced An Riocht Athletic Club and we’re looking forward to maybe seeing a new record for the distance in the 10 Miler,” said Ms. Byrne.
Personal Bests Achievable
Internationally experienced athlete and Brosna native, James Doran believes that the new course can shave 1.20 off the times of the leading athletes.
Participants out to achieve personal bests over the distance can expect to take anything up to 30 to 40 seconds off their times.
Set New Times
“All runners found the old route very tough going over the first couple of miles and by taking that stretch out it gives all of us an incentive to set new times for the distance.
“I have run the new course six or seven times already and, on a fine day, a lot of people should be very happy with their times and with the safety of the course as well,” said James who added a European team silver medal to his collection recently.
Traditional Starting Point
The new route will take the runners down through the town from the traditional starting point on Rice’s Height on the Brosna Road. They will head out Killarney Road to the Eugene Leonard Round-about and turn right for Tralee Road and at there they’ll turn left at the Moss Keane Roundabout and face Tralee.
At Knockeen they’ll head down the by-road behind the old John A Wood quarry at Ballyegan and on through Gortatlea and back up to the main road in front of Ó Riada’s Bar and Restaurant. Then it’s onto the long and winding (but flat) road into Castleisland – up Main Street and to the finish line on the track at An Ríocht AC. There will be food and refreshments for all and prize presentations at the clubhouse immediately after the race.
Medals and Race Souvenir
The 5km is €12 and participants will receive a medal and water bottle souvenir. The 10 miler is €25 and includes a t-shirt and medal.
The event is chip timed and there will be food and refreshments provided for all afterwards at An Riocht.
For More Information….
All proceeds from the event will go towards the running of the host club. Registration and route maps available online now at: www.riocht.ie/news.html
Participants can also register at An Riocht on the morning of the event. Telephone information is available from: 066 71 42199.
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