The Boston Scientific Half Marathon is building up to be a great sporting event and it takes place in Clonmel on Sunday next, August 18 at 11am. Clonmel Athletic Club is delighted to have Boston Scientific sponsoring this year’s event.
The Club would also like to thank LIT Tipperary for the use of their fine facilities as our Race Headquarters. The Club would also like to thank our other sponsors Glanbia, Powerade, Stable Diet and Tipperary Spring Water. The Club would also like to acknowledge the tremendous work done by Clonmel Borough Council, South Tipperary County Council, Waterford County Council, the Gardai and the Civil Defence for this event.
There is widespread support for this event with athletes coming from as far away as Galway to Wexford and Dublin to Cork. Leading the home challenge will be David Ryan, the current County 10K Champion and Angela McCann the current ladies over 40 All Ireland Half marathon champion. Currently we have 68 Club members participating while there are another 60 from the local area. We also have athletes from all the Munster counties as well as Dublin, Kilkenny, Wexford, and Laois.
Preparations are going very well and here are a few things to keep in mind for this big event.
On Saturday we will take entries at the Race headquarters from 2.30 to 5 pm and we would ask ALL local participants to come along on Saturday and collect their number, Chip timing and T Shirt as we expect over 300 athletes arriving on Sunday morning to collect their Race numbers and T Shirts.
On Sunday we will be taking entries at the LIT Tipperary Institute, Clonmel Bypass, from 8am to 10.30 am and Pre Registered athletes can also collect their race details at this time as well.
There is a large Carpark at LIT Tipperary to cater for all the parking and there will be No Parking on the Bypass. Please follow the instruction of the Stewards.
This year’s event will start on the Clonmel Bypass approx 1200 metres from the Race headquarters. The athletes will run up the Bypass on the left hand side and around the Cahir Road Roundabout (1 mile mark) and onto to Barne (3 miles) where the first water station is, then the athletes run over towards Knocklofty (6 miles), the second water station and in along the Wood road, third water station at 9.5 miles, and then to the Dungarvan Road Roundabout where the athletes will turn left and onto the traffic lights and towards the Poppyfield Shopping Centre (11 miles) via Abbey Road and Toberaheena. The athletes then run down the Bypass on the left hand side, crossing the road just below the Cahir Road roundabout and then onto the finish on the grounds at the LIT Institute.
The course will be well marshalled by the Gardai and our own stewards. All athletes are asked to follow the stewards instruction at all times to ensure everyone has a safe run.
South Tipperary Physiotherapy and Sports injury Clinic will have qualified staff present to attend to the aches after the race, their base will be the LIT Tipperary and we are grateful for such support.
There will be 4 Water Stations and athletes will receive 250ml bottles of water at each station with more water and Powerade at the finish.