Monday 19 March 2018

Half-marathon puts players on the road

THE hurlers and footballers of Oylegate GAA are switching their attention from the games field to the roads of Ballymurn and Glenbrien at the weekend.

The club hosts the fifth annual Oylegate half marathon on Sunday, August 25 (starting at 10 a.m.) over a full 13 mile course.

Chairman Eamonn Mernagh is expecting up to 200 athletes to take part, either in the half marathon or in the 10 kilometre run which is also part of the programme for the day.

Entries have been received from as far away as Cork and Dublin, with the race featuring in the build up to the Dublin city marathon for many runners.

And a special welcome will be extended to a 73-year-old man from Limerick who has confirmed that he intends to come to County Wexford to complete the full distance.

For the first time, chip timing, accurate to microseconds, has been introduced for the race which has become increasingly popular over the years.

The title holders are Tom Hogan of Sliabh Buíodh Rovers who clocked a very respectable one hour and 10 minutes last year and Jackie Carty from Kilmore who returned a time of one hour 23 minutes in the women's section of the event.

Gorey Guardian