On Sunday next, 21st August, the Boston Scientific Half Marathon is building up to be a great sporting event and it takes place in Clonmel at 11am with the Walkers starting at 10 am. Clonmel Athletic Club is delighted to have Boston Scientific sponsoring this year’s event. The Club would also like to thank Tipperary Institute for the use of their fine facilities as our Race Headquarters. The Club would also like to thank our other sponsors Glanbia, Flahavans and Powerade. The Club would also like to acknowledge the tremendous work done by Clonmel Borough Council, South Tipperary County Council, Waterford County Council, the Gardai and the Civil Defence for this event.
There is widespread support for this event with athletes coming from as far away as Galway to Wexford and Dublin to Cork. Preparations are going very well and here are a few things to keep in mind for this big event.
On Sunday 21st August we will be taking entries at the Tipperary Institute, Clonmel Bypass, from 7am to10am and Pre registered athletes can also collect their Race details at this time as well.
As regards Car parking, there is a large Carpark at Tipperary Institute to cater for all the parking and there will be No Parking on the Bypass.
This year’s event also has a new start and finish. The Start is on the Clonmel Bypass approx 1200 metres from the Race headquarters. The athletes will run up the Bypass on the left hand side and around the Cahir Road Roundabout (1 mile mark) and onto to Barne (3 miles) where the first water station is, then the athletes run over towards Knocklofty (6 miles), the 2nd water station and in along the Wood road to the Presentation Convent (10 miles), 3rd water station, turning left at the traffic lights and towards the Poppyfield Shopping Centre (11 miles) via Abbey Road and Toberaheena. The athletes then run down the Bypass on the right hand side, turning right at the Cashel Road roundabout and finishing on our Track at the Dr Pat O Callaghan Sports Complex.
The course will be well marshalled by the Gardai and our own stewards. All athletes are asked to follow the stewards instruction at all times to ensure everyone has a safe run.
The Chartered Physiotherapist of Ireland will have qualified staff present to attend to the aches after the race, their base will be the Tipperary Institute and we are grateful to the Chartered Physiotherapists of Ireland for such support.
As regards the water station athletes will receive 250ml bottles of water at each station with more water and Powerade at the finish.
There will be a Voucher for Tea and Sandwiches in the goody bag which will also include a Specially Designed T Shirt, a Medallion and Refreshments.
Tea and Post Race refreshments will be served in the Tipperary Institute after the Race so please do not lose the voucher. You must present this voucher in Tipperary Institute to get refreshments. There will be changing facilities in Tipperary institute.
Prize giving is scheduled for 1.30pm. Prizes will be presented as per the prize list on the website. There will be spot prizes for down the field finishers and these will be given out as you cross the finishing line and the winners can choose from a selection of prizes.
For further information please look at our website www.clonmelac.com