Ireland > National Half Marathon Championships &
Saturday, December 12, 2009
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.
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
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