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Ireland > National Half Marathon Championships & Fun Run
Waterford, Ireland



Saturday, December 12, 2009

Event Details

An estimated 430 runners crossed the finish line at the fall 2008 running of Ireland's National Half Marathon Championships & Fun Run, which took runners through the city streets and highways outside this beautifully scenic town, through which the River Suir flows here near Ireland's southern coast. Perhaps best known for its local glassmaking industry that produces the world-renowned Waterford crystal, the town also is reputedly the country's oldest, having been founded in 914 A.D., and its terrain offers a slightly hilly 13.1-mile course for the race.

The race follows a mostly out-and-back loop course through town, starting near the city center along Cork Road. From there, runners make a few turns along Passage Road and Richardsons Folly before turning again onto Tramore Road, which takes them southward for the next several miles all the way through Ballykinsella and Drumcannon to Pickardstown and back. Runners follow the course through the outskirts of Tramore, which lies just south of Waterford, back up toward the finish line on Cork Road, just a stone's throw away from the starting line further up the road.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the banks of Ireland's River Suir, near the country's southern coastline, the town of Waterford typically experiences milder, warmer weather conditions than regions further north. Like the rest of the country, Waterford is green for a reason -- it receives plenty of light, misty rain throughout the year, and its coldest months are usually December, January and February. In December, the town's average monthly temperatures range between 8°C (46.4°F) and 4°C (39°F).




Online registration for the winter 2009 running of the Waterford Athletic Club's National Half Marathon Championships is not yet open. Please check back later for updated information on how to sign up for the race.



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