New records likely on flat­ter 10k route

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COM­MU­NITY NEWS - John ReReidy’s 087 2359467

THE re­cently con­fig­ured flat­ter course for this month’s an­nual An Ríocht Ath­letic Club 10Miler is most likely to pro­duce new dis­tance records for some and per­sonal bests for many more.

The 5K route for the grad­u­ates of the cur­rently train­ing Couch to 5K squad re­mains the same as in years past and run­ners and walk­ers of all abil­i­ties are wel­come.

The an­nual King­dom Come 10 mile and 5k Run will be held on Sun­day, April 22, and both events will kick off at the ear­lier time of 10am.

The elim­i­na­tion this year of the Lim­er­ick Road up­hill, dead pull at the out­set of the 10Miler event is a wel­come de­vel­op­ment for all as it took a lot of wind out of all sails.

The race at­tracts ath­letes from all the lead­ing clubs through­out Mun­ster and some from be­yond

“The 10 mile run has a brand new route this year which is very flat and will pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for run­ners to at­tain per­sonal best times,” said An Riocht AC Man­ager Hazel Byrne.

“It prom­ises to be a great event backed by the ex­pe­ri­enced An Riocht Ath­letic Club and we’re look­ing for­ward to maybe see­ing a new record for the dis­tance in the 10 Miler,” said Ms. Byrne.

In­ter­na­tion­ally ex­pe­ri­enced ath­lete and Brosna na­tive, James Do­ran, be­lieves that the new course can shave 1.20 min­utes off the times of the lead­ing ath­letes. Par­tic­i­pants out to achieve per­sonal bests over the dis­tance can ex­pect to take any­thing up to 30 to 40 sec­onds off their times.

“All run­ners found the old route very tough go­ing over the first cou­ple of miles and by tak­ing that stretch out it gives all of us an in­cen­tive to set new times for the dis­tance.

“I have run the new course six or seven times al­ready and, on a fine day, a lot of peo­ple should be very happy with their times and with the safety of the course as well,” said James, who added a Euro­pean team sil­ver medal to his col­lec­tion re­cently.

The 5km is €12 and par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a medal and wa­ter bot­tle sou­venir. The 10 miler is €25 and in­cludes a t-shirt and medal.

The event is chip-timed and there will be food and re­fresh­ments pro­vided for all af­ter­wards at An Riocht.

All pro­ceeds from the event will go to­wards the run­ning of the host club. Reg­is­tra­tion and route maps avail­able on­line now at www.riocht. ie/news.html

Par­tic­i­pants can also regis­ter at An Riocht on the morn­ing of the event. Tele­phone in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from: 066 71 42199.

Photo by John Reidy

An Ríocht AC man­ager, Hazel Byrne (cen­tre) pic­tured with Thérese Healy (left) and Ber­nadette Fitzger­ald pre­par­ing for the Sun­day races.

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