Press release : KILLARNEY TO GET ON ITS MARKS FOR MICRO TRACK
KILLARNEY'S first micro-athletic running track is poised to become a reality. The facility, which will feature four lanes and an astro-turf football pitch, is to be built in the grounds of St Brendan's College.
A special fundraising 10-mile road race around Killarney town is to take place on Saturday 23rd of September 2017 (time 9:00am), and is expected to attract a host of elite athletes.
"People of all abilities, elite and recreational athletes, joggers and walkers are invited," said Jerh Griffin of the organising committee.
"We are excited at the prospect of this race being an annual event to support the students and the community in this race as they jointly seek to create a mini style university approach to physical education in a sustainable way," added Jerh.
Race director Alan Ryan, who is a past pupil of St Brendan's, has great experience as he organises many events including the Lakes of Killarney marathon, Hardman triathlon and Kerry Way Ultra Marathon.
the route in brief
Begin in the grounds of the historic St. Brendan's College
Turn right onto Bishop's Path and right onto the New Road (Traffic closed)
Turn left at the Garda Station onto the Rock Road for a 300m gradual incline
Run through the N22 Cleeney Roundabout (Traffic held)
Turn left onto Madam's Hill for a steep 250m before turning left into the Aghadoe road
A gentle incline for .75 mile elevates each runner to the first viewpoint at Aghadoe Heights
Then a quick downhill stretch (.6 miles) past the German Butchers and left with a further downhill of 200 metres to the Gold Nugget Pub
Care required here as Stewards/Safety Marshals facilitate entrance to the Fossa Way and Killarney National park.
Three beautiful miles (relatively flat on the newly tarred pathway � past the Castlerosse, Knockreer Pitches and Playground brings the runner to Dennagh Cottage)
Turn right � up the steep incline past Killarney House to Cnoc na R� and the 2nd the Park
Gradual downhill and left through the Parkland
Turn right at the cattle grid and left at the Queen's Bridge
Follow the Deenagh River path
Over the King's Bridge onto the public road at Cathedral place
Turn left onto the Bishop's path, past the Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace
Turn right through the gates into the grounds of St. Brendan's
Complete the final 250m on the footprint of our proposed Track Development (10 mls)
see detailed map : click here
frequently asked questions...answered
Q. When does the 10 mile take place:
A. Saturday the 23rd of September 2017 (time 9:00am).
Q. How many places are available:
A. 1000 places.
Q. Will anything be posted out beforehand:
A. No. Numbers, chip, t-shirts will all be collected at registration.
Q. What about medals:
A. Only when you finish.
Q. When does registration take place:
A. On Saturday the 23rd at St. Brendan's College Killarney..
Q. Is my entry transferable/non-refundable:
A. No. Once you enter there is no refund and no transfer.
Q. Are there changing facilities/showers/parking available on the day:
A. Showers and parking available at the school..
Q. Where does the race begin:
A. The race begins on the New Road in Killarney just outside the school gates.
Q. Where does the race finish:
A. The race finishes with a lap along the proposed track inside the school grounds..
Q. Will there be pacers on the day:
Q. Are there hydration stations on the course:
A. Yes, at 3 miles and 7 miles approximately..
Q. What is at these stations:
Q. Has the course been measured with a Jones counter:
A. Yes, it has been professionally measured and certified.
Q. Are there prizes for the top finishers:
A. There are prizes for the top 3 men and the top 3 women.
Q. Are there any good viewing points for spectators:
A. Many. Aghadoe is a very good one. The playground/Deenagh lodge area are probably the best as it gives spectators time to get to the finish line before the competitor finishes.
Q. What happens at the finish line:
A. When you finish there you will be presented with your medal. There is a finisher's area at the line where competitors can relax and enjoy a hot drink, sandwich, fruit, chocolate bars etc.
Q. When is the prizegiving:
A. At the finish area 23rd of September
the richard clifford trophy
The winner's trophy is named in honour of Richard Clifford a well-known and much loved Killarney sportsman and athlete who was taken from this life much too soon. Richard was one of life's true gentlemen with a great love of sports and the outdoors with a special affection for athletics and running. This great love of sports was passed on to Richard from his own father Con and will live on through Richard's own children. Richard's son Risteard recently captained the St. Brendan's cross country team to win the Munster colleges cross country championship, the first time a Kerry school had achieved this honour. The trophy which is sponsored by Richard's colleagues in the Psychiatric Nurses Association will be presented annually to the winner of The Killarney 10 in honour of a man who left us all the better off for having known him.
Bobby Kerr, Insomnia and Mike Stack, Tricel pictured here with their Killarney10Mile T Shirts as the countdown is on to the 3rd Killarney10Mile road race on September 24th 2016. In less than 3 weeks you too will be donning your tshirt and warming up on the start line!!
Bobby Kerr is an Irish entrepreneur and businessman and chairman of Insomnia Coffee Company. He presents 'Down to Business' a Saturday Business Breakfast show on Newstalk. In addition to this, Bobby loves running and tries to get a run in every day. Bobby is pictured here with Mike Stack, MD of TRICEL, Killarney and one of the main sponsors of the Killarney10Mile Road Race since it's inauguration 3 years ago. Mike was also a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 where he first met Bobby.
" Are you ready too? www.killarney10mile.com is where you can still enter and get all your questions answered. Remember this is a not-for-profit race and all your entry fee after expenses goes directly into the Killarney Community MicroTrack Fund.