Harriers to revive Tullamore Road Racing with new Half-Marathon

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

For more than 40 years the Harriers Quinlan Cup was the most prestigious event on the road racing calendar. Having started as a cross-country race back in 1957, it became a road race in 1967 and remained so until 2000 when the race was last held.

For more than 40 years the Harriers Quinlan Cup was the most prestigious event on the road racing calendar. Having started as a cross-country race back in 1957, it became a road race in 1967 and remained so until 2000 when the race was last held.

During its reign as a blue-ribband event the Quinlan Cup was won by the likes of John Treacy and Eamonn Coughlan. This year, to celebrate our 60th anniversary, Tullamore Harriers are reviving Tullamore’s road racing tradition by hosting a Half Marathon on the 31st of August at 12pm.

Having established a reputation for staging unrivalled athletic events, from Track & Field meetings to National Cross Country competitions, our customary attention to detail will ensure our first Half Marathon is a race to remember. The 13.1 mile course will start just outside the Harriers Stadium, heading out through Mucklagh village then turning left at Screggan Cross, and again at Black Line which leads into Killurin; another left here will take runners past Tullamore Golf Course and back down Charleville Road into Harriers Stadium where the race will finish with a lap of the tartan track. The course is generally flat and is best described as undulating with some gently rolling hills along the way.

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Relay option

This race is ideally suited to anyone training for the Dublin City Marathon or simply wanting to go the distance over 13.1 miles. But if half a marathon seems too much of a stretch there is also a relay option where teams of two can run approximately 10.5km each.

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Generous Prize Fund

In keeping with the Quinlan Cup traditions there are great prizes on offer including a Club prize of €200. Clubs can enter as many runners as they wish with the first four to score for the team. The remainder of the prize purse will be awarded as follows:

1st (€250), 2nd (€200) and 3rd (€150) Male and Female; 1st o40 yrs & o50 yrs (€75) Male & Female and 2nd (€50) o40 yrs & 050 yrs Male and Female; and 1st Relay team (€60).

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Entry fee is a very reasonably priced €25 euro (€30 for relay teams) and includes chip timing, water stations en route, a technical t-shirt to the first 700 to register, and refreshments after the race. Showers and changing facilities will also be available and there will be ample free parking at the Stadium where there will be a carnival atmosphere as the runners make their way onto the tartan track to complete their race making it a spectator-friendly event.

Among those preparing for the race are Ciaran Lynch and Ray Bell who are in the middle of a 12-week training plan led by former Harriers captain John O’Connell, to take them from novices to half-marathoners in time for 31st August. Ciaran and Ray are blogging about the experience and you can read their hilariously honest accounts on fatdadrun.blogspot.com and runbubbyrun.blogspot.com

For full details and to register for the race visit www.tullamoreharriers.com. So why not challenge yourself and register now for The Tullamore Harriers Half­ Marathon!

Online entry only. You must be 18 or over on race day to enter this event.