'Trail' blazing in Connemara
Published 07/07/2011 | 05:00
The IAU Trail World Championships will take place in Connemara on Saturday.
The event will take place in the area of Connemara National Park and its surrounding environs starting at the world-famous Kylemore Abbey and finishing in the nearby village of Letterfrack.
Athletes will cover a total distance of 70km on a course that encompasses mountains, grassland trails, compacted gravel trails, hard packed trails, bog, loose rock trails and open countryside.
The course is a tough one that will suit 100km runners, long-distance mountain runners and 24-hour Ultra-Runners as well as specialist trail racing athletes.
The event is both an individual and team competition and athletes from over 20 countries are due to participate. Ireland will be represented by eight men.
The six-man Irish team is captained by John Byrne of Mayo AC, the reigning national 100km champion. Thomas Maguire, the Irish national 100km and 24-hour record holder, Daniel Doherty, Keith Whyte, Paul Tierney and Barry Murray are also on the team, while Eoin Keith and John O'Regan will run as individuals.
This will be Byrne's fourth ultra race and it's testament to his success so far that he has been selected to captain the Irish team in Connemara.
Full details of the event are available on www.runconnemara.com.
The Lord Mayor 2-mile race on Tuesday, July 19, will be in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Walkers, joggers and fun runners together with the usual participants will be welcome to compete. Race Entry is €7.
Sponsorship cards from available from club member Cillian O'Leary 087 7847959.