Friday, 3 June 2016

Like you stole something, busy race weekend!

Run like you stole something. This and many other motivational signs will line the streets of a few Irish towns and cities this weekend!

June Bank Holiday weekend is always a full on running weekend. I know of brave women and men who are running 2 or 3 Marathons this weekend, driving from Kilkenny to Derry and back to Cork in 3 days!

You see, tomorrow Saturday is the Thrills in the Hills Tullaroan Marathon in Kilkenny. I'm working tomorrow during the day so can't make it. Yet I ran it last year and it is a race I recommend you look at for next year! Very well organised, great camaraderie, rural roads, a good few hills and a great spread afterwards. There is a 5K, 10K, Half, Full and Ultra (39.3 miles). Good luck to all taking part!

Sunday is the day for the Walled City Marathon in Derry. I haven't been to this race but have heard many nice stories about it!! It's on my running bucket list.

Monday it is the turn of one of my personal favourite races of the year, The Cork City Marathon! Regular readers of this Blog will know Cork City is a favoured spot of this Belgian and it's Marathon enhances the reputation of the Rebel City. We start on Pana then head to Blackpool and back, follow the Docks to the Jack Lynch tunnel which we run through then with some loops we end up at the beautiful Blackrock Castle from where we follow the gorgeous banks of Lough Mahon to Jacob's Island and via the Marina back to the City. One more loop sees us run to St Finbarrs Hospital, Cork Lough, the Model Farm Road and back to the City via the Mardyke to finish once again on Pana. I love this course!!!

Not to forget that there is other races on as well, the biggest one being the Women's Mini Marathon in Dublin where 40,000 athletes turn up for this annual running event. In 2014 it is estimated that almost €12m was raised by the participants bringing the total since the race started in 1983 close to €192m. Good luck to all taking part.

My running weekend consists of 2 Races! Tonight I'm taking part in the Sixmilebridge 10K Road Race. It is only 20 minutes from Limerick and I was planning a training run tonight anyway and BMOH are a cracking good running club so that's where I go at 7pm tonight.

Then on Monday I'm running Cork City Marathon. I'm going to fully enjoy it and will run it watch free (I freak people out when I mention naked running so I'll go with watch free today) :) as it is also a prep race for 2 Ultra's I'm running this month, 50K in Portumna tomorrow week the 11th and the 40 Miler in Tralee on June 25th being the longest race I will ever have done.

So once again best of luck to everyone running anywhere this weekend, enjoy your miles with smiles!!

Patte xxx

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