Event taking place mid-October in Mayo is going to appeal to all outdoor enthusiasts 1 year ago

Event taking place mid-October in Mayo is going to appeal to all outdoor enthusiasts

Fancy a cycle along one of Ireland's most scenic routes?

The countdown is almost over to the fifth annual Ceide Coast Half-Marathon and 10k Road Race, which will take place along the North Mayo coastline on Saturday, 14 October.

This year will be the first time the event has incorporated the Half-Marathon, a 13-mile route that begins at the Ceide Fields and extends along the coast as far as Downpatrick Head before turning to finish in Ballycastle village. The event will now include the Half-Marathon and the 10k Road Race in an attempt to engage with runners of varying abilities and experience.

The Half-Marathon route will bring runners along the picturesque North Mayo coast. Runners will be able to look out to sea at the start line and see their destination at Dún Bhriste across the water. The 10k runners, meanwhile, will pass by the historic Doonfeeney Standing Stone, the second-highest stone of its kind in Ireland, on their way to Ballycastle.

McGrath’s Coaches are onboard as events sponsors and will be providing each of the participants with specialised running tops. McGrath’s will also be bussing runners from the staging point at Ballycastle Community Centre to the start line at Ceide, beginning at 11am and continuing every 15 minutes thereafter.

There will be a safety briefing prior to the start in the Ceide Fields Interpretative Centre. The starting gun for the Half-Marathon will fire at 12pm sharp with the 10k due to head off at 12.20pm.

Ballycastle AC currently makes use of the facilities at Ballycastle GAA Club but the hope is for the club to be able to develop its own facilities in the village in the near future.

The event is being run in conjunction with the Mayo Sports Partnership, Athletics Ireland and My Run Results, who will collate each runners’ race time.

For more information on the event or if you would like to sign up, email: ceidecoasthalfmarathon@gmail.com or contact Michael on 087-9145551.