Irish Races

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16/12/2002 at 14:19
Wolfy..
This will be a first marathon, myself and running bud just thought the atmosphere in Dublin would compensate for anything else! However we may not be in a fit state to soak up the atmosphere afterwards!! :-)
Ian
16/12/2002 at 14:22
When I lived in Belfast the only way of getting a comprehensive list of races in the South was through Irish Runner magazine, not a great read by the way but fabulous listings. For races in the north try the website of the Northern Ireland Athletics Federation.
16/12/2002 at 14:24
Ali, after running your first marathon whilst you will feel shattered you'll be on such a high that there aren't many places I'd rather be than Dublin for the celebrations we had a super time in Temple Bar!

You probably won't notice the lack of crowd support as you've nothing to compare it with so Dublin will be pretty special to you whatever the crowds are like!

Enjoy.............
16/12/2002 at 14:24
Ian - I know there's a Belfast Marathon, but is there a half?

Andy
16/12/2002 at 14:36
Ian, so do you know when the Belfast Marathon is????
Ian
16/12/2002 at 14:38
The Belfast Marathon is excellent and its usually the weekend of the May Day bank holiday. There is also a team relay option (5 in a team).

There is a Laganside 10k in Belfast which is usually the same day as the London marathon.

The Lisburn half marathon is, I think, in June and is also superb (it has one long steady hill which drags on for about a mile at about mile 6 but is still a pb course). There is also a 10k option. For details try to get into the web page of Lisburn Borough Council or from www.niathletics.org - the website of the NI Athletics Federation.

There is also a cracking half marathon in Omagh but its tough - lots of fairly small hills all the way.

Derry also hosts a the Waterside Half Marathon which should properly be called The Out and Back up a Dual Carrigeway Half Marathon.

If you are interested in fell running down south try http://www.iol.ie/~imra The website of the Irish Mountain Running Association. There is also a NI equivilent but I can't remember the website URL.

Irish Runner magazine carries listings for all Ireland though. Its just hard to get unless you subscribe and since moving back to England I've let mine lapse.
Ian
16/12/2002 at 14:42
Try this, I've just found it. http://www.irishrunner.ie/ - the website of Irish Runner magazine I think it has full listings of all races in Ireland North and South.
Ian
16/12/2002 at 15:12
Try also http://www.irishrunner.com/ An unrelated web site which has some fixtures. By the way, I agree with all those who said that the Dublin marathon is brilliant - trouble is that its on a bank holiday Monday in Eire but at my busiest time of the year.
Ian
16/12/2002 at 16:23
The web site of the Belfast marathon is: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/marathon/
Its made me go all nostalgic! I've run it twice and its a cracking race. Not particularly scenic and sometimes not much crowd support (but where there is its great) but still a very good atmosphere. I might even do it again myself! Because of the relay option thousands are out on the day. Just don't get drawn into being paced by a relay runner!

Be warned! It can be warm that weekend - yes even in Ireland. There are one or two hills but nothing awful and its potentially a pb course.

Afterwards make sure you visit the Crown pub, opposite the Europa Hotel. Its the only pub owned by the National Trust and is both beautiful and does a great drop of stout.

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