Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Looking ahead to the autumn...Dingle Half & Full Marathon Sept 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Looking ahead to the autumn...Dingle Half & Full Marathon Sept 2011

This post is a reminder of an event that is coming up in September which might involve a bit of planning ahead.

The Dingle Half-Marathon and Full Marathon is on Saturday the 3rd of September. The closing date for entries is Wednesday, the 24th of August. That gives you over a month to enter, get accommodation organised, etc.

As a race, it is different from a lot of other events in that many people will use it as part of their weekend away. They will spend a few days in Dingle and the race will be part of that break rather than just travelling down just for the race alone.

In comparison to other races, it is probably one of the most scenic in the country. The main feature is the fact that the roads are closed. I ran this back in 2009 and the route is nothing short of spectacular. Starting in Dingle town, the route goes through Ventry and then out the coastal road to Slea Head with views to the south across Dingle Bay and the Skelligs in the distance. At the end of the peninsula, you are looking across at the Blasket Islands with the open ocean beyond which stretches all the ways to North America. Someone said you can see Boston on a clear day but I have my doubts ;o)

If you are interested, you can find more info on the Running in Munster site or directly on the Dingle Marathon website.

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