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Waterford Viking Marathon 2024 Launched

Waterford Viking Marathon 2024 Launch

We are delighted to announce that the 12th Waterford Viking Marathon will take place on the 23rd of June 2024. This year in association with our charity partner AsIAm and initiative Autism Friendly Waterford, we will be hosting the first ever Autism Friendly 10km run alongside our main event of full, half and quarter marathon.

“AsIAm is really pleased to be the Charity Partner in 2024. We are delighted that this run has embraced diversity and inclusion in a really meaningful way. Every Inclusive and Sensory Friendly initiative such as this run is to be applauded and supported and we encourage everyone to sign up and participate on the day. Our overall campaign is to ensure that everyone on the autism spectrum has the same chance in life. The same chance to live, work and play, as they are, equal, valued and respected, Embrace the inner Viking in yourself and sign up today” Dick White, Fundraising Manager, AsIAm.

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better in every way, catering to a wider audience with new additions to the route, for quarter, half, and full marathon. And a perfect photo finish with the finishing line moving from the quays into the city centre. Race director Joe Cawley, “We are really excited about this year’s event, we have worked hard on creating some new additions to it and feel it is going to be a fantastic experience for everyone taking part. I am especially proud of the opportunity we are creating for those with Autism. It’s going to be a great day for all involved.” Event sponsor Sanofi’s, Head of People and Culture, Martin O’Leary, “We are really proud to be a part of it and excited to support in any way we can”. And to embrace the Viking theme a world record attempt will be made on the most people dressed as Vikings participating in the quarter marathon. This will add extra enjoyment to the event for the not so serious runners and for all those watching on. Registration is open for the Quarter, Half and Full Marathon and will open on Friday for the Autism Friendly Run. You can register on our website here, Enter Waterford Viking Marathon Race

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Viking Bart, WLR’s Paula O’Gorman and Flahavan’s Johnny Flahavan, Darragh Flahavan, Jules Flahavan and Viking Scott

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Dick White, Fundraising Manager from AsIAm, Fiona Craughan, Event and Communications Lead for Waterford Viking Marathon, Bart Gozdur, Viking, Amanda Fox, Autism Friendly Waterford and Des Whelan Managing Director WLR

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Viking Scott, Sanofi’s Bryan Rellis, Niamh Nolan, Jennifer Murphy and Martin O’Leary,

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Viking Bart, Bausch + Lomb’s Niamh Hayden, Theresa Farrell, Maire Prendergast, Rachel Northover and Viking Scott

 

 

Tudor Moldovan wins the WLR Waterford Viking Marathon 2023. A record number exceeding 2,600 runners took part in Waterford’s 11th Viking Marathon taking in 2 Bridges, 1 Greenway and a party finish at Grattan Quay

Sunday June 25th saw Waterford play host to its 11th annual WLR Waterford Viking Marathon. This year’s highly rated route travelled from the city centre over Ireland’s longest single span bridge and took much of Waterford’s impressive Greenway, finishing the race on its new extension opened earlier this month.

At 9am, as the sun reappeared, runners left the Mall in the heart of Waterford’s Viking Triangle after a tremendous warm up and send off by Mayor of Waterford City and County Council Cllr John O’ Leary.

Full, half and quarter marathon runners, from first timers to seasoned athletes, meandered through their varying routes, entertained with music by bands and DJ’s along the way. Spectators lined the last stretch of the new Greenway extension into the city on Grattan Quay encouraging and supporting runners over the finish line. Clonliffe_Harriers_clubman_Tudor_Moldovan_who_was_the_winner_of_the_Mens_Waterford_Viking_Marathon_2023_l.jpg

With an impressive time of 2hr 30:55 Tudor Moldovan of Clonliffe Harriers was the overall winner of Waterford’s Viking Full Marathon 2023. He crossed the line in Waterford’s Grattan Quay to a rapturous applause followed by Sean Hehir of Croghan AC just under 3 minutes adrift at 2hrs 33:33.

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Linda Grogan was the fastest women home in a time of 3hr 4:38 wearing the singlet for Dundrum AC with Beth O’Connor of United Striders the second female crossing the line in 3hrs 33.

 The men’s Half Marathon was won by Sergiu Ciobanu in a time of 1 hr 08:43 and Peter Brandon Somba of Dunboyne AC followed him just under 1 minute later in 1:09:40. 

Sally Forristel of St. Joseph’s AC was first female crossing the line in a time of 1:22:50 followed by Angela McCann of Clonmel AC at 1:27:34.

The Quarter Marathon was neatly won by Craig O’Brien of Ferrybank AC in a time of 35:04 with Sportsworlds Conor Cavanagh coming behind him in 37:44.

West Waterfords Kate Veale was the fastest woman in 40:50 with Mollie Jean Hutchinson claiming second place in 42:40 for another Ferrybank AC podium place.

A resounding success was the overwhelming consensus for those who took part, be it organising, running, stewarding, or supporting.  An impressive 350 helpers lined the route, with marshals, water stations and medical personnel ensuring the safe return of all runners back to Waterford city.

The runners heading over the Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge during the Waterford Viking Marathon 2023

Waterford Viking Marathon 2023 was proudly supported by WLR, Waterford Council, TEVA, Bausch & Lomb, Sanofi, DG Foods, JOMA Sports, House of Waterford Crystal, Full of Beans, Alfie Hales, Mag 365, Blue Butterfly Coffee, Flahavans, ITL Health and The Re

Rowe Creavin Medical Practice prepare to take part in this Years Waterford Viking Marathon

Excitement is building in the Rowe Creavin Medical practice as friends and colleagues of Dr Marian Ryan prepare to take part in this year’s Waterford Viking Marathon on Sunday June 25th.

Dr Ryan was diagnosed cancer in June 2022 and now she, along with her colleagues, want to celebrate her ongoing recovery by fundraising for two fantastic local organisations that helped her immensely along her journey. The Solas Cancer Support Centre and Exwell Waterford, situated in the SETU Arena, both continue to provide the highest quality of vital cancer support services and rehabilitation to the people of Waterford and the Southeast.

Colleagues of the Rowe Creavin practice will be joined by many family members and friends to collectively run and walk more than half a million steps on Sunday 25th June.

Donations for these two worthy facilities can be made, no matter how small, by clicking on www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/RoweCreavinMedicalPractice

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Pictured L- R  Dr Emma Aherne, Nurse Marie Mollaghan, Jessica Henebry, Nurse Claire Whyte, Dr Mark Rowe, Dr Marian Ryan, Nurse Stephaine Byrne, Dr Bronte Jasinski, Sharon Ryan and Dr Mary Costigan.

Waterford Viking Marathon recyclable water cartons are back for 2023 thanks to generous sponsor DG Foods

The Waterford Viking Marathon is thrilled to announce the return of recyclable water cartons for this year's event, made possible by the generous sponsorship of DG Foods. As a long-standing supporter of the marathon, DG Foods will once again provide 30,000 specially designed recyclable water cartons and logistics solutions for the runners and walkers participating in the marathon on Sunday, June 25th.

DG Foods takes pride in their commitment to sustainability, and their 87% plant-based and 100% recyclable water cartons align perfectly with the marathon's dedication to environmental responsibility. These bespoke water cartons will ensure that participants can stay hydrated while minimizing the event's impact on the environment.

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Pictured Left to Right - Danielle Griffin WFC Ladies, Martin Dunphy WFC, Christine Hepburn DG foods, Andrew Hepburn DG Foods, Deirdre Houlihan Waterford Viking Marathon Committee, Cathy Prendergast DG foods, Mike Geoghegan WFC Academy and Conor Parsons WFC

Andrew Hepburn, Owner of DG Foods, expressed his delight in continuing to support the Waterford Viking Marathon - “We are delighted once again to support the Waterford Viking Marathon. We have built a long-standing relationship with the marathon and it’s important to us that we give back to the local community”.

As a testament to their dedication, Andrew and several members of the DG Foods team will participate in the Quarter marathon by running and walking alongside other participants.

In addition to DG Foods, the Waterford Viking Marathon is grateful for the support of other valued sponsors, including Sanofi, Teva, WLR, Flahavans, Bausch & Lomb, Waterford City & County Council, House of Waterford Crystal, and Joma. Their contributions play a significant role in ensuring the success and impact of this renowned sporting event.

If you haven’t already registered for the Waterford Viking Marathon you can book your place today.

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Sanofi sponsorship of the 2023 Waterford Viking Marathon aims to bring a notable environmental awareness and sustainability initiatives across the event.

Sanofi are proud to announce its joining of the sponsorship line up for this year’s 11th Waterford Viking Marathon on June 25, as a sustainable event in partnership with their Planet Care team and the Sports and Social Club.

Sanofi sponsorship of this year’s Marathon will help to provide for more sustainable elements to be incorporated into the event. In supporting their ‘Waterford Loves Planet, not Plastic’ campaign, there will be no plastic cups or plastic water bottles given out on the day. Instead, participants will be offered a 100 per cent recyclable water carton made from 83 per cent plant-based materials produced by DG Foods.

Sanofi will sponsor the race-bags used by all participants, which will this year be made from soft polyester RPET, obtained from recycled plastic materials. The information about the bag’s sustainable origins will be available via a QR code on the bag. All lead cars in the race are electric this year, with paperless sign-up and notifications.

Sanofi sponsorship of the Waterford Viking Marathon 2023

Pictured Left to Right Diane Pitard, Siobhan Kennedy, Jennifer Murphy and Mairead O’ Shea.

 Jennifer Murphy – Sanofi planet Care “Waterford loves Planet Not Plastic “Project lead said “We are delighted to support WLR in running the Viking marathon 2023 running this event in a sustainable way to minimise environmental impact aligns with our own Sanofi Planet care initiatives and our “Waterford loves planet not plastic” project. We recognise that every small positive change we make can collectively make a significant Impact against the environmental crisis that we face as a planet”.

Des Whelan, Chairman of Waterford Viking Marathon welcomed the sponsorship and acknowledged that “we are absolutely delighted that Sanofi have come on board with us this year and thrilled with the positive environmental initiatives that they have taken onboard which will only assist to a wonderful event.”

Other sponsors include, DG Foods, Teva, WLR, Flahavans, Waterford City & County Council, House of Waterford Crystal, Joma, & Bausch & Lomb.

If you haven’t already registered for the Waterford Viking Marathon you can book your place today.

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