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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Looking ahead to the next Spring and the 2008 Munster 10 mile Classic series -
See text below from the official press release announcing the start of the Munster 10 mile classic series. I'll be covering each one of these as we get closer to each each race. By the way, if you are thinking about doing the Cork City Marathon next year, these will give you an excellent foundation on which to build your training.

Announcing! The 2008 John Buckley Sports/Munster Ten-Mile Spring Classics!
For the sixth successive year runners have the opportunity to partake in the John Buckley Sports/Munster Ten-Mile Spring Classics Series as the four races in the area from January to April combine forces in this unique Series.
In the cycling world, the 'Spring Classics' are an integral part of the competitive year and seen as instrumental in the build-up to the more arduous Tours later in the season.
The aim of this ten-mile Series is to promote each race at the classic distance of ten miles, while rewarding the runners who complete all four races with a specially commissioned long-sleeve T-shirt. As well, there will be prizes for the leading male and female runners, which will be decided on the cumulative times over the four races.
Once again, John Buckley Sports has agreed to be overall sponsor of the Spring Series and if you wish to view their excellent website go to:
There is no additional entry fee for the Series - just run the four races (however - your entry must have been accepted for Ballycotton). Further details (including contacts) on the three races other than Ballycotton can be found below.
Marathon Deliveries/MALLOW '10'
- Sunday January 6th, 12.30pm.
Dunphy’s-Vivas Health/DUNGARVAN '10' - Sunday February 3rd, 1.00pm
BALLYCOTTON '10' - Sunday March 9th, 1.30pm.
Sonny Murphy Memorial KINABOY '10' - Sunday April 13th, 2.00pm.

Sunday January 6th: - Marathon Deliveries/Mallow '10', 12.30pm. Contact: John Holland 022-21280.
Mallow AC have been promoting a 10-mile race for a number of years, although this course has only been used since 2001. A nice flat loop, comprising of town and country roads, it has met with unanimous approval. Mallow is also well served with a good roads network, making the venue very central for people travelling from any part of the country.
Last year saw a record turnout of 386 runners and the message this year is to arrive in plenty of time so that the organisers can cater for the even-larger expected entry.
Since the closure of Irish Sugar, last year saw a new sponsor in Marathon Deliveries, a company fronted by well-known Mallow runner Peadar Curtis and once again they will be the overall backers for 2008.

Sunday February 3rd: - Dunphy’s-Vivas Health/Dungarvan '10', 2.00pm. Contact: James Veale 058-42059.
Formally a 10km race, the move to ten miles a few years ago proved to be a very successful one. A new course was introduced in 2004 and last year saw a huge turnout with a total of 516 finishers. With a new sponsor this year in the shape of Dunphy’s-Visas Health, the energetic West Waterford club have big plans for this race which is now their flagship event.
Starting and finishing near the excellent facilities of the Dungarvan Crystal Sports Centre, the course uses mainly country roads and also has a potential for fast times.
One of many races held in the area, the event is also part of the Michael Roche Carpets Spring Series. Please note that the race starts at 1pm and pre-entries are also welcome – details on
Sunday April 13th:- Sonny Murphy Memorial Kilnaboy '10' (Co. Clare), 2.00pm.Contact: Vincent McCarthy 065-6837875.
One of the oldest 'tens' in the country, outside of Ballycotton. Usually held on Easter Sunday, it now has settled on the second Sunday in April. The introduction of the Spring Series has also benefited this ‘Clare Classic’ which also attracted a record 260 finishers last year.
The slightly undulating circuit on the outskirts of The Burren contains some stunning early spring scenery, passing through the tourist village of Corrofin. The race is also an idea opportunity to enjoy an early-season break in ideal outdoor surroundings. Also, like Mallow, there is a 10km walk which starts at 1.30pm.
The three races featured above are all organised by enthusiastic runners themselves, so you can be sure of a warm welcome and a well-organised race, with free refreshments and free results afterwards. Give them your support, they deserve it - and we also need to keep these races going at the classic distance of 10 miles on the road!

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