One-day festival of running brings the curtain down on busy year of hospice athletics events
NOVEMBER has brought with it a bit more bite but the cooler temperatures of late didn’t put over 130 runners off as they turned out for the second annual Wicklow Marathon and one-day Festival of Running on Saturday last.
Organised by Wicklow Hospice, the event took place in the grounds of Avondale House and Forest Park saw 137 brave souls participate in the five, ten, 15 and 20 mile runs as well as the full marathon distance of 26.2 miles.
The day was ideal for running – neither too hot nor too cold with hardly any wind at all. The rain of the previous night had abated and held off for the morning, by which time most of the participants had completed their challenge.
A medal featuring Avondale House was presented to each finisher, among whom was the exceptional wheelchair athlete Jerry Forde from Cork.
The organisers have expressed their thanks to all the volunteers who gave so freely of their time to steward and marshal the event and to Michael Richardson and his Civil Defence team for yet again providing back-up.
Organisers have also thanked Wicklow Rural Partnership for supplying the water; all those who made ensured there was a hot cuppa available to ath- letes once they crossed the finish line; Norman and Coillte for ensuring that Avondale was available to host the run; and finally Ludo who massaged many a sore limb.
Saturday was the last of the athletics events on the hospice calendar for 2017 but details are available on the hospice Facebook page of the many events planned for 2018, including the 10K and half marathon in February, the new ten-miler in March, the ever-popular four-day festival of running in July, the Fionnuala McCormack 10k and Kilomarathon in September and the Wicklow Marathon in October.