Initially I was booked into the 50K event but this darn knee issue meant that I would really struggle to make the 6hr cut off so I decided to drop to the marathon. EOI facilitated my request with no issue.
Because of family logistics I had to travel up from Galway city early and it took 1hr 45 to get there and I arrived well on time.
|Weather played ball|
I went off with the early start which was also the 50K start, indeed there was quite a crowd went off at 8am. The 50Kers had a short out and back to make up the distance whereas the marathon had 2 one mile out and back to make up their distance.
|Wexford marathon Club|
The main marathon and half marathon started at 9am and there was a 10K started later. Regularly I was lapped by most of the field as I struggled my way around the course. Saying this I was very consistent in my times and ran a pretty even 2:47 split for a 5:36 marathon. It was a painful affair with my leg playing up all the way round.
We were lucky with the weather. As we registered there was a steady drizzle which cleared up just before we started. It stayed great right until after we finished when it started up again.
There seems to be a new club in town with the Wexford marathon club here in numbers for both the 50K and the marathon
|20 Miles in|
There was the new EOI medal at the end and some crisps/chocolate and coke at the end. It was nice to know a lot of people in the race again and it leads to a very pleasant day out. At €25 it is still a great value race series.
I left soon after I finished and headed back to Galway for cocktails and prepare for no 200 which was 2 days later.
Photos Teresa Taffe
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