Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holidays Are Coming!

It's that time of year again. Christmas and road racing tend to go hand in hand in Ireland. Surely only May can have more races per days of the month than December?

Last weekend things kicked off with the Jingle Bells 5km race in the Phoenix Park. Much like the first time you hear a "Fairy tale in New York" on the radio, the Jingle Bells 5km really does indicate that Christmas is just around the corner! The races up front were won by Paul Robinson  and Linda Byrne in cracking times, 14.18 and 15:55 respectively, but we can be sure that on such a perfect day that PBs were set throughout the field of 1,200 athletes.

In Dublin the Christmas themed races continue this weekend, the 8th December, with the Aware 10km taking place, again in the Phoenix Park. On the 16th Clonliffe Harriers will have their second annual "Christmas Cracker 5km", starting at Morton Stadium, Santry.

Over the days of Christmas the GOAL mile will be taking place nationwide. Be sure to check their website for information about your local event. Straight after Christmas the well established Fields of Athenry will give everyone a chance to run off the turkey on Stephen's Day.

What better way to start the New Year than by setting a marker in a 5km race. Liffey Valley AC provide the oppertunity in their annual Tom Brennan 5km race in the Phoenix Park. 

Dublin Road Races over Christmas

08 Dec - Aware 10km  - Phoenix Park
09 Dec - Santa Dash  10km - Bull Island
16 Dec - Clonliffe Christmas Cracker - Santry
01 Jan - Tom Brennan 5km - Phoenix Park

Galway Road Races over Christmas

26 Dec - Fields of Athenry 10km

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