Now a firmly established fixture on the Irish running calendar, the annual Tullamore Half Marathon will take place this year on Saturday, August 27.
Organised by the Tullamore Harriers, the event has grown steadily in numbers since first taking place in 2013 and already close to 400 people have signed up for it, which is unprecedented at this early stage.
It is expected that close on 1,000 from all over the country will take part on a fair but testing course that takes runners from the Charleville Road out to Mucklagh, down the Ross Road to Ballincanty Cross and back into Tullamore via Killurin, where they will finish with a lap of the Harriers' famous running track.
The course includes some rolling hills and it is neither a hilly or a flat half marathon but the course is conducive to fast times.
Parking and shower facilities are available with a bag drop at the Tullamore Harriers stadium and there is generous individual prizes while the team winner will be presented with the Quinlan Cup.
The race has been awarded a five star European Athletics certificate and there will be three music/supporters zones along with lots of other local support on the route.
There are four water stops while participants will receive a finishing medal and a technical t-shirt. There is chip timing and there is also a relay option, which includes a shuttle bus to and from the exchange point.
There are pacers for those wishing to break 1.30, 1.40, 1.45, 1.50, 2 and 2.10 hours and it is a really impressive event with a great atmosphere.
The race starts at 11.00am and entries can be made on www: tullamoreharriers.com. Entry fee is €30.
The club extends thanks to the following main sponsors: Bord Na Mona, Court Hotel and Tullamore Motors and all their other sponsors: Lidl, Seimens, Glenisk, Topaz, Glenwood, Condron Concrete, Ready2Run, Avonmore Protein, Imagine, Print Plus, Smyth Stapleton Solicitors.
(picture caption) Pictured promoting the upcoming Tullamore Harriers Quinlan Cup Half Marathon which takes place on Saturday 27th of August were (From Left) Miriam Brady, Sharon Daly, Pauline Curley, Mary Daly, John O'Connell, Rory Farrell, Tara McKinney, Dave Murray, Alisya McCormack, Jim Dolan, Anne McLoughlin, Tullamore Court Hotel, John Farrell, Tullamore Motors Renault, John McNiff representing Bord na Mona and Aisling McCormack. OH30-1-0968