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Saturday @9:00 a.m 24 June 2017

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Saturday June 24 th saw Waterford play host to its sixth annual WLR Waterford Viking Marathon. The exciting new route, which included Ireland’s longest single span bridge and Waterford’s impressive Greenway attracted over 3,000 runners to the event. This year’s marathon attracted visitors from all corners of the globe, Argentina, Hawaii, India, Canada, Egypt, the US and all over Europe.

Runners left the Mall in the heart of Waterford’s Viking Triangle at 9am after a tremendous warm up which included the Viking Clap followed by an emotional demonstration by all runners for the Irish Heart Foundation’s Hand on Heart.

The heat of the morning meant every drop of water on the course was appreciated by the runners. Just after 9.30, David Mansfield of Clonliffe Harriers showed no ill effects of his recent in podium place in Cork finishing 1 st in the quarter marathon in 36.32. Hot on his heels was the first local man home on the day, Noel Murphy of Waterford AC, followed by Ruairi O’Donnell of Ferrybank AC. In the women’s event, Sinead Brannigan, a running inspiration locally with her band of Greenway joggers, took the title ahead of Cork native, Emma Healy and St.Abban’s AC’s Sinead Kelly.

The huge crowd of Spectators didn’t have long to wait then to witness the class of Waterford AC’s Trevor Power, who had the race to himself to finish in 1.13.03. James Hamm of Portlaoise AC had more of a battle on his hands and finished just ahead of Carrick AC’s Derek Walsh.
Ruth Fitzgerald is following in her mother’s footsteps and had a very clear win in the ladies win in 1.24. Last year’s 2 nd place marathon finisher Sally Forristal of St.Joseph’s AC took the silver ahead of Waterford AC’s Sylvia Malone.

In the main event then, West Waterford AC’s Raivis Zakis literally sailed to the finish line in 2.37 ahead of previous winner Wexford’s Tom Hogan. Liam Tracey of Watergrasshill in Cork took the last podium place, but not before the now 5 times ladies winner Pauline Curley smiled her way to the line. Always a gracious winner, she brightens up every finish line! Watergrasshill AC featured again when Dolores Duffy finished 2 nd with Lena Sinclair of Liffey Valley AC in 3 rd place, rounding off the senior winners for the day.

So all around a huge success was the overwhelming consensus for most 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 to WIT Arena in very warm conditions.

A memorable event created not only by the heroics of the participants but by a sense of Waterford taking the 2017 Waterford Viking Marathon to its heart. Ends 24th June 2017

Photography: Noel Browne Photographer 086 0366904 Garrett Fitzgerald 087 6658314

For further information contact Deirdre Houlihan 086 6863571 or Roisin Ferris 086 8194952

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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