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Sunday Next – First Irish Kilomarathon


The Jim Roche Festival of Road Races in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital- 10k & 26.2k A kilomarathon is a marathon measured in kilometres instead of miles. So it’s 26.2 kilometres translates to 16.1 miles. The first such race to be held in Ireland takes place next Sunday crossing the borders of Kildare and Wicklow starting and finishing in Moone. That means that the first lady and gent home will hold their respective Irish Records.

It is all part of the Jim Roche Charity Road Race Festival. As well as the Kilomarathon there will be 10k fun runs, fun walks and fun jogs. There will be short juvenile events while the major events are taking place to keep the audience on their toes while waiting for the new records to be made.

Throughout the day the Churchtown Pipe Band from Athy will entertain audience and visitors to Moone, as well as Brian Keogh from Castledermot and Tullow group 5th Avenue. Music for everyone!

Reigning Rose of Tralee, Charmain Kenny will start the Kilomarathon at the Piers of Moone at 1.15 p.m. 

 The 10k events will start before that at 12 noon. On line registration at runireland.ie ceased on Sunday last but late entries will be taken on the morning of the Festival at the Registration Desks in Moone from 10.00 a.m. There is no penalty for ‘Late Entry’ but get in early as the start will not be delayed.

The event is organised by a committee headed by Tony Donoghue and is in aid of Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital. It will help to upgrade two wards that treat children with life long chronic illnesses, but were built over 50 years ago and need urgent re-equipping.

Tony has already collected almost 50,000 Euro for Crumlin Childrens’ Hospital  by completing 14 marathons, in Ireland as well England, Rome, Cyprus and Malta and is the brain behind this new Irish event.

All compeditors will be presented with Special Medallions commemorating the Special Day that the new race, the Kilomarathon first took place in Ireland and the first records were set.

Entries are now being taken on www.runireland.ie up to midnight on Thursday 5th August. After that entries will be taken up to 12 noon on the day of the race at the Race Centre in Moone  Co. kildare

For further information, entry or other queries e-mail irelands[email protected]. Or contact Tony Donoghue @ 0872645882