Maam Cross, Co Galway
Not long until April 1st!
I had a very slow run due to a pre race illness but didn't mind as it gave me an excuse to have even more time on the lovely course and to chat to some of my fellow participants along the way. will have to come back next year to bury the demons!
The organisation was faultless, from the baggage buses, to the fantastic aid stations(those kids worked HARD), to the t shirts and medals. All utterly, utterly wonderful (the scenery was quite nice too-tee hee).
I had the pleasure of running the Connemara International Half Marathon yesterday, 1hr 58! Yeoowh!!. The weather was amazing, the course was amazing, the runners, the locals, and staff were amazing! I've rarely had such a good time exercising.
The Elverys Sports Connemara International Marathon is a day of racing around a very scenic part of the West of Ireland.
Comprising of a Half Marathon, a Full Marathon and a 39.3 mile Ultra Marathon all taking place on the one day in late March or early April. Entry fee for 2012 is €70.00(Euro). The 2010 event attracted a sell out of 3,200 entries with representation from 30 Countries. The 2012 event will take place on April 1st.
Entry is only available online at www.connemarathon.com
The key to the event's success has been its ability to offer a unique package of experience. The popular sport of long-distance running is transformed for runners and walkers in the dramatic setting of mountains, glacier lakes, rugged green-brown landscape which winds in and around the challenging mountain wilderness of Galway in the west of Ireland. The course meanders past bogs, hills, lakes, and the Twelve Pin mountains rising up over the great expanse of Killary Lough, through the quiet village of Leenane, around the Maam Turk Mountains and all the way back up to Maam Cross. International participants enjoy the Irish welcome, the sense of comradeship on the lonely route and unmistakable buzz throughout the day. No other sporting event sends people away with such a taste of Ireland and all its highlights.
The addition of the 39 mile Ultra marathon launched in 2004 proved to be an enormous success. Ultra distance running is growing in popularity throughout the world on a scale not seen since the marathon boom in the early eighties.
Ultra Marathon (39.3 miles) 9:00am
Full Marathon (26.2 miles) 10:30am
Half Marathon (13.1 miles) 12:00pm
Bus transfer from major local towns, bus transfer to race starts, all usual race support along the route, finishers medal, finishers tee shirt, post race refreshments and bus transfer back again.