Tuesday 20 February 2018

Donoghue's daring move pays off as Kilomarathon hits full stride

This time last year, experienced marathoner Tony Donoghue made a bold move when he launched Ireland's first ever Kilomarathon -- a 26.2km road race which took place in the picturesque village of Moone in south Kildare.

The event was well supported and the comments from those who took part were very positive.

This year's Kilomarathon takes place again on Sunday week, August 7, over a new race route starting in Moone and progressing through the villages of Kilkea and Bolton.

The Children's Hospital in Crumlin will be a beneficiary of this year's race, which has already attracted a big entry.

Kilomarathon race director Donoghue, from Timolin in Kildare, has completed the classic distance on 14 occasions at home and abroad.

Noel Kelly from Tullamore was the winner of last year's inaugural event in 1:31.45. Mary Hanley won the women's race in 1:57.0.

Advance entries are available for this event up to midnight on August 5.

The entry fee is €30 or €20 for the 10k event, which is also part of the Moone promotion.

The Kilomarathon starts at 11.45 and the 10k has a start time of 12.15. Late entries will be taken on the day at the increased price of €35 and €25.

"We got a great response to this event last year and we are getting a lot of repeat business this year," Donoghue said. "The race route is both scenic and historic and we are looking forward to another great turnout of runners in both events on the day."

Online entry is available at www.kilomarathonireland.com

Irish Independent

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