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Waterford Viking Marathon

 

WVM 2017
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A BIG "Thank You" to all participants & supporters for making 2016 one to remember.

Waterford's sixth annual marathon event will take place on Saturday June 24th 2017.Following five successful years the event is now firmly established as one of the key marathons on the national calendar as each year numbers continue to grow, bringing hundreds of international visitor to the city. Following the launch of next year's event, which took place on Thursday last at WIT Arena, excitement builds around the announcement of a new route planned for 2017 which will take in the two bridges of the city, Rice Bridge and Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge on the N25.

Meantime Registration is now open for all those hoping to affirm your goal for 2017 and avail of the best value early bird rates.

Organisers are confident the new route will attract many more runners to the city as they offer a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the city's finest scenery by foot.

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Chairman Des Whelan says 'This has been a long sought after route for Waterford Viking Marathon and thanks to the cooperation of Celtic Roads Group and Waterford Council we are very excited to have secured access to the spectacular bridge over the River Suir, through the Toll Plaza and onto the Waterford Greenway. In addition, the all new WIT Arena will play host to our finish line event which offers runners top class facilities after the race. '

Registration is now open for the Full, Half, Quarter and Corporate Team Quarter through and the nominated charity partner for 2017 is Down Syndrome Ireland South Kilkenny and Waterford Branch.

A list of Training Sessions for The Waterford Viking Marathon.
All sessions are free unless otherwise specified.

Day

Waterford City

Tramore

Monday

7pm Superquinn with Declan Harte and Jacinta Power, 3 levels catered for, beginners welcome! (€3)

7pm Tesco Carpark (For Ryan and Ethan Viking Marathon Challenge, but all are welcome). Contact David Wade for details.

Tuesday

7pm Superquinn, mixture of abilities, contacts as for Monday

7.30pm Tesco Carpark, aiming for mini-marathon June Bank Holiday weekend. Contact Mary Daniels

Wednesday

6.30pm beginners Cill-Barra Sports-Centre Ballybeg. €4 which includes high viz vest, bottle of water, post run warm down and stretches in their super gym facilities. 350800 for more info

7pm, Majestic Hotel (as Monday)

Thursday

Winter League RSC (Finishes Feb 8th)

7.30pm (As Tuesday)

Friday

Saturday

9.30am Woodlands Hotel, contact Declan Harte.

9am Superquinn, this group is currently training for Rotterdam so are doing longer miles, contact Ian Robinson

9am Opposite Tommy Farrell’s Garage, 9-12min miles (i.e. beginners!), contact David Wade.

Sunday

9am, Superquinn, “The Viking Long Run” with Joe Cawley and Jimmy Payne. See Training plan on website for details of distances each week.

9am Katie’s on Waterford/Tramore Road. Approximately 8min miles. Contact David Wade.

On Saturday 29th June 2013 the streets of Waterford will fill once again with runners and joggers from far and wide as the city plays host to its 2nd annual WLRfm Waterford Viking Marathon.

The 2013 marathon was officially launched on Friday last by 2012 winners Brian Murphy (1st Male) Angela McCann (1st Female) and Jerry Forde (wheelchair winner).

Speaking at the launch in the Bishops Palace Des Whelan, WLRfm’s Managing Director and Chairman of Waterford Viking Marathon said “WLRfm are delighted to get behind this event once again. It’s a great opportunity for people to embrace a healthy lifestyle whilst also supporting local and national charities. As title sponsor WLRfm’s involvement will help make it possible to promote this great sporting event to our listening audience in both the city & county and we certainly share the vision and aim of the organisers to grow this event into one of the headline Marathon’s on the calendar.  
Des went on to express his heartfelt thanks to everyone involved and to acknowledge the sponsors and partners who have come on board to date Waterford City Council, Whitfield Clinic, Irish Examiner, Sun Life Financial, Teva, Eirgen Pharma, Pinewood Healthcare, Adidas, Alfie Hales, Lucozade, Greenstar and in particular Failte Ireland of which the Waterford Viking Marathon is promoted as one of their official gathering events for 2013. Organisers hope to attract Waterford’s friends, family, colleagues and alumni from abroad to come home in June and take part with a special prize for the fastest overseas runner.

Outlining the Route Joe Cawley stated that this full Marathon which is 26.2 miles will be relatively flat and once again travel will through the city and county and with half marathon and relay options there is something for runners of all levels.

Also speaking at the official launch Mayor Councillor Jim Darcy said “ I am delighted to hear that this event has become an annual date in the calendar. This marathon prides itself on being the South East friendly marathon with runners from every walk of life taking part. I would like to thank all involved in organising this great event which helps to promote and showcase the wonderful culture, heritage and landscape that our wonderful Viking City has to offer”.

Cheques were awarded to the two nominated charities for 2012, Waterford Hospice and The Alzheimer’s Society, Waterford.

Saturday June 30th was a proud and emotional day for Waterford’s strong and ever increasing athletic community as the first ever event of its kind ‘Waterford Viking Marathon’ travelled through this beautiful City and County.

Over 2,000 participants travelled from all over the Country and beyond to gather at the start line outside the iconic House of Waterford Crystal in the City Centre. The energy was beyond electric as Waterford’s native; Silver Olympic Marathon Medallist John Tracey commenced the race and set runners on their way.

A picturesque route, passing many of Waterford’s famous tourist attractions, and heading out of the city to the scenic seaside town of Tramore. While no marathon is easy and it certainly presented many challenges however the facilities and entertainment along route kept the spirits high. An impressive 350 stewards lined the route and ensured the safe return of all involved.

Organisers were amazed at the extraordinary response of the public as thousands took to the streets and gathered at the finish line in Waterford Regional Sports Centre. The overall winner Brian Murphy from Carrick AC crossed the line with a time of 2 hours 38mins followed by the first female Angela McCann from Clonmel AC with a time of 2 hours 57 mins. All prize winners went home with a beautiful piece of Waterford Crystal.

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 Waterford Hospice and The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland were the two nominated charities to benefit from Waterford Viking Marathon but many more local and national Charities will gain through monies raised.

So all round a 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.

And the good news is registration is now open for 2013!

Registration has been brisk with many runners opting for the early bird and registering before end of January. Training is well underway for this event on the 30th June which will see Waterford host its first Full Marathon with a half Marathon and relay option.Runners are invited to come along to Superquinn Car Park every Sunday morning at 9am where Jimmy Payne and Joe Cauley take runners through their paces & in Tramore with David Wade every Wednesday evening at 7pm at the Majestic hotel and at Tesco Monday evenings at 7pm.

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