A BIG "Thank You" to all participants & supporters for making 2016 one to remember.
Saturday June 29th saw the second annual Waterford Viking Marathon set off from the Mall in the city centre in glorious weather.
Over 2,000 participants travelled from Europe, Australia, the US and from all corners of Ireland to gather at the start line. The full, half and relay marathons started together with a rapturous cheer and an electric atmosphere as the gun went off.
After leaving the city’s environs the race ran through the countryside before reaching the scenic town of Tramore for an out and back loop that was the entertainment highlight of the route. Spectators lined the promenade to cheer on Gary O’Hanlon as he led the race pack through the seaside town. Music and song was in abundance over the entire route and whilst no marathon is easy, this year’s certainly presented many challenges, but spirits remained high.
An impressive 350 stewards lined the route and ensured the safe return of all involved to the Waterford Regional Sports Centre. This year the runners were treated to a full lap of the brand new blue Mondo track before crossing the line to cheers from the thousands of spectators in the stands and strains of Waterford band, “Kodakid”, playing in the background.
The half marathon winners got their just recognition this year with West Waterford’s Raivis Zakis hitting the track first ahead of Michael Morgan, St. Finbars Cork and Brian Murphy, last years Marathon winner form Carrick-on-suir AC in a course record time of 1.13.05. In the women’s event Teresa Agar finished in 1.28.34 with Susan Finn following closely just 26 sec behind.
Gary O Hanlon, Clonliffe Harriers succeeded in his drive for 5 winning his fifth marathon this year completing the course in 2.28.05 ahead of George Waugh of Bandon AC. Local man Frank Quinlan reached the podium again this year with a 3rd place finish in 2.49.12.
Tullamore Harriers Olympian Pauline Curley enjoyed the undulating roads around the city and county, which presented no problem to her. ‘It was a last minute decision to enter, having given everything at Cork last month, but I’m delighted I came down here and really enjoyed the day and the cheers from supporters out on the course’.
A festival feel then took over as a stream of tired but determined runners crossed the line with many extraordinary and emotional moments to behold. The most poignant story being that of the Ryan & Ethan Marathon challenge. 250 runners from Tramore and surrounding areas helped to raise over 30K euro for Ryan & Ethan two local Tramore boys who suffer from ALD, a rare neurological disease. The Waterford Hospice and The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland were the two nominated charities to benefit from Waterford Viking Marathon with many more local and national Charities benefiting through monies raised.
So all round a huge success, was the overwhelming consensus for most who took part, be it organising, running, stewarding or supporting. A memorable event created not only by the heroics of the participants but by a sense of Waterford taking the Waterford Viking Marathon to its heart.
Registration has now commenced for 2014, For further information and route map log on to www.waterfordvikingmarathon.com
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 75 of the Roads Act 1993, the following public roads will be closed on Saturday June 29th, for the 2013 Viking Marathon.
(from Tramore Road Roundabout to Junction of Lacken Road
(inc. Ballindud Roundabout) 9.30a.m. – 3.30p.m.
R710 Outer Ring Road
(from Six Cross Roads Roundabout to Couse Bridge Roundabout)
9.30a.m. – 3.30p.m.
Please be aware there will be Traffic Disruption on the following Roads in Waterford City from 8.00a.m. - 11a.m.
*R683 Lombard Street *R708 Ballytruckle Road
*R683 Newtown Road *R709 Inner Ring Road
*R683 Lower Newtown Road *L5022 Lacken Road
*L90309 Water Street *L1018 Ballybeg Drive
*L90206 Park Road
*R708 South Parade
*R680 Otteran’s Terrace
*R708 Catherine Street
*R680 Parnell Street
*R710 Ballycashin Hill
*R680 Cork Road (from Green Road to Outer Ring Road)
*L5020 Green Road (from Ballycashin Hill to Cork Road)
There will also be Traffic Disruption on the following Roads in the Tramore Area of County Waterford from 8.00a.m. – 3p.m.
*R680 Cork Road (from Outer Ring Road to Tramore Cross)
*R682 Orchardstown Road (from Cork Road to Glen Road)
*R685 Glen Road (from Orchardstown Road to Waterford Road at Somerville Roundabout)
*R675 Waterford Road (from Somerville Roundabout to Lower Branch Road)
*R675 Lower Branch Road to Strand Road
Old Crobally Road
Riverstown Industrial Estate
Great Somerville Road to Somerville Roundabout
*R675 Waterford Road (from Somerville Roundabout to Ballindud Roundabout on Outer Ring Road
Director of Services,
Corporate Affairs & Transportation,
Waterford City Council,
With registrations nearing the 2000 mark organisers urgently appeal for the public’s assistance. This year’s marathon numbers have exceeded last years and volunteers are vital to the success of same.
According to chairman of WVM “Volunteers not only assist us in providing a safe and secure event they also encourage the runners along the route and also create a great atmosphere.”
On Saturday 29th June, the new 26.2 mile route will be overseen by the Gardaí and over 200 stewards are required on the day. The Half marathon will take off at 9am with the Full this year on the Mall in the City which will make for an energy charged start line!
Ten music bands will entertain along the route to help encourage and distract runners where they most require it. The race will conclude with the Olympic style finish in the RSC where a Family Friendly Event is planned with some vendors, live music and some fun kid’s entertainment.
Music makes up the heart and “sole” of this event. Live bands will be performing a variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz , soul, hip-hop, rnb, along the race course in Waterford City and Tramore. The bands set the tempo for this marathon party, where runners and spectators alike will be “dancin’ in the streets” to these mini-concerts.
Is your band ready to rock for thousands of athletes and spectators? The Waterford Viking Marathon is looking for bands, choirs, DJ's , drummers, brass bands from all genres to perform along the race course.
Superquinn Waterford already has a proud association with Waterford’s every growing athletic community with up to 80 runners assembling in their Car park on the Inner ring Road every Saturday and Sunday morning and soSuperquinn were eager to get involved in what is the Region’s biggest sporting event the WLRfm Waterford Viking Marathon which will take place on June 29th this year. 30,000 bottles of water are required to line the Route which will start on the Mall and makes its way through the city and out to Tramore, returning the the RSC for that unique Olympic style finish. Superquinn Manager Paula Farrell says; ‘We are delighted to sponsor the Water for this year’s Marathon. We felt it was a perfect fit for Superquinn as it’s a fantastic event that gives people the opportunity to embrace a healthy lifestyle while supporting local and national charities’. Entries are now open for the 2013 Marathon with early bird entry open up to May 5th, 2013.