West Waterford A.C. Greenway Half Marathon

2nd September 2017 at 9am West Waterford Athletic Club will host our inaugural Greenway Half Marathon. In conjunction with Waterford City and County Council we are hosting a 13.1 mile race along the now famous old Waterford/Dungarvan Railway line.

This is a fantastic new amenity just recently opened and already experiencing visitors from all over the country and beyond. Visitors are amazed by this 46 km spectacular off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan.

See video here: www.visitwaterfordgreenway.com

 

Course Information

This is perhaps one of the flattest routes for a half marathon in the country with a net elevation of -100mts.

Not only is it flat it also contains some incredible scenery along the way. From the old Workhouse built in 1850 in the beautiful village of Kilmacthomas over the Kilmacthomas viaduct to the stunning views of the Comeragh mountains to the North, cross over Durrow viaduct past Durrow Railway Station where the old platform and station still stand.

Then it’s on to the spectacular Ballyvoile tunnel, a 400mt long tunnel which is full of atmosphere (don’t forget to watch out for the fairy door’s on either side). Next you will cross over the Ballyvoile viaduct, blown up in 1922 but now restored to its former glory. From here you can almost smell the sea as you round the headland and take in the spectacular views of Clonea strand and Dungarvan Bay.

Then it’s downhill all the way to the finish as you take in the sights along the way, through the 12 mile mark and the playground in Ballinroad over the Clonea Road and finishing just before the Gold Coast Road.
See route here:  https://www.strava.com/activities/1072404668

 

How Do I Get to the Start?

The headquarters for this race is Ballinroad Hall/Soccer Club just outside Dungarvan on the R675 Coast Road (this will be signposted from all major routes on the day). From here we have offered a bus service to get runners to the start line in Kilmacthomas. These buses will be parked on the Clonea Road (just 200 mts from Ballinroad Hall) and we ask that you fill these as quickly as possible. There will be limited parking in this area and we ask that all visitors to the area park with respect for locals and other Greenway users.

Buses will leave for the start line in Kilmacthomas as soon as they fill, from 7.30am onwards with the last bus leaving at 8am sharp. These bus’s will take you to the start line only, (they will not be going back to Kilmacthomas after the race). Please note these buses have been ordered based on the number requiring transport. If you did not tick the box requesting a spin and you now do require transport please call to the Help Desk in Ballinroad Hall to arrange.

 

Can I leave Gear in Ballinroad?

There will be changing available in the Soccer Club in Ballinroad but we ask that you do not leave any gearbags here. There will be a baggage area in BallinroadHall to leave bags and we will send out a bag tag in our race pack which will be posted prior to the race. Please put your race number on your bag and leave here. Baggage will be available for collection in Ballinroad Hall after the race. 

 

The Race Itself

This race is chip timed with timing mats at the start and finish so runners will get a gun and net finishing time. We will be joined by our friends Ronan and his crew from My Run Results who will be timing this race and all results will be available after the race on www.myrunresults.com
View the course profile here: https://www.relive.cc/view/1072404668

 

Shared Space

As this is a SHARED SPACE (i.e the Greenway will be open to other users on the day) we respectfully request that all runners keep to the left of the path. Runners must be aware of bikes and oncoming Greenway users at all times. THIS IS A SHARED SPACE. KEEP LEFT AND PASS RIGHT. Please do not run any more than 2 abreast and leave room for others to pass. We cannot stress this strongly enough we do not want any accidents on the day and rules of the road will still apply to this route. 

 

Pacers

We will provide some pacers for this race but as it is a unique course and a shared space we will limit the pacers as we feel that pacers could potentially create too many large groups of runners which could cause a problem. To this end we have decided to go with pacers for the following times

  • 1 hour 30 min
  • 1 hour 40 mins
  • 1 hour 50 mins
  • 2 hours
  • 2 hours 10 mins

Pacers will be easily recognisable on the day as they will be holding balloons. We request that runners slot themselves in behind the pacer who they feel most comfortable with. The start will be narrow and to avoid accidents or tripping it is advisable to go behind the pacer that you can keep up with. This will ensure that the start is safe and secure for all. Remember you will be chip timed anyway so it doesn’t matter how long it takes you to cross the start line.

 

Water Stops

We will provide water at 3 locations along the route and also at the finish line in your post-race goody bag. Please be aware that due to restrictions on dumping etc. this water will be in cups to minimise dumping/clean up of a 13.1 mile route.(We would never get permission again to hold a race on the Greenway if it was littered with bottles along the route).

In keeping with the ‘Green’ ethos of the race we ask that you leave no trace and leave the Greenway as you find it. Any gel wrappers can either be carried to the finish line or left at one of the 3 water stops.
Anyone seeing dumping on the route will be disqualified –no exceptions!

 

Earphones

As with all West Waterford A.C. races, the use of Headphones is not allowed… We have to insist on this rule as you need to be aware of cyclists (listen for bells ringing) and other runners trying to pass and also so that you can hear safety stewards instructions. Why do you need headphones? You will be running along some of the most scenic areas in the country, look around you…. Take it in and perhaps chat to your fellow runners along the way!

 

The Finish Line

When you complete your run please proceed through the finish tunnel where you will receive your goody bag and specially commissioned Greenway Medal. Please do not block up this area and proceed to Ballinroad Hall where your gearbag/Refreshments will be waiting. We ask that runners walk back along the road via the Rugby Club and not back against the finishing runners.

 

Post Race Refreshments and Showers

Prize-giving and refreshments will take place immediately after the race in Ballinroad Hall. There will be showers and changing available in the Soccer Club.

 

Prizes

The prizes for this race will be as follows. 1st 5 Men and Women

Ladies Categories

  • 1st and 2ndO/35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60
  • 1st O/65
  • 1st Junior

Men

  • 1st and 2nd O/40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65
  • 1st O/70
  • 1st Junior

We will also have 2 Men’s and 2 Ladies team prizes with first 3 finishing positions to score (Outside of prize winners).
Note: Cash prizes will be given to the Men’s and Ladies winners and all category prizes will be vouchers.

 

Race Pack
Your race pack containing your number and a baggage tag will be posted out prior to the event and please ensure to bring it with you on race day. Numbers will be blue for men and pink for ladies and will be marked with your age category and your first name. For this reason we plead with runners not to transfer numbers as this ultimately delays prize-giving and race results. If you forget your number on the day there will be a help desk facility at Ballinroad Hall to look after these runners. If any information on your number is incorrect please contact My Run Results directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sponsors

As a club we aim to provide value for money in all of the 65 events we host each year. This would not be possible without the generosity and support of our sponsors. For this race we are very fortunate to have the support and partnership of businesses that are associated not only with the Greenway but share our passion for sports, health and wellbeing within the community.

Garvey's Supervalu Dungarvan
Garvey's are renowned for providing superior service, continuous innovation and excellent value throughout the Groups retail, leisure and hospitality divisions. Their success has been achieved through the vision of their management team and skill and wholehearted commitment of their employees and dedication to achieving the highest standards in all their businesses and supporting local communities.
Indeed Mr Liam Power manager of Garvey's Dungarvan and Coolagh Road Dungarvan is a regular sponsor of west Waterford A.C. events and a committed supporter. Garvey's Dungarvan are based on the Quay and as well as fresh food and local produce are now serving Frank and Honest Coffee in their store on the Quay and at their petrol station on the Coolagh Road.

Thank you so much to Liam and his team and we would like to wish them luck in the future and hope that all our runners can support these local sponsors when they can.
 Garvey's Dungarvan: 058 41628

Flahavans
As local a business as you will get on the Greenway. The headquarters of Flahavans are a mere stone’s throw from the start line and can be seen as you pass over the picturesque viaduct in Kilmacthomas. Flahavans are a great supporter of West Waterford Athletic Club and have once again come on board as an associate sponsor. They have been milling oats in Kilmacthomas for over 200 years and a bowl of porridge is the fuel of choice for athletes pre-race for many of those years. As well as sponsoring the race on race day they will also be providing post-race glycogen replacement in the form of their highly popular flapjacks.

 

Sólás Na Mara Seaweed Baths
Sólás Na Mara Seaweed Baths, Helbhic, An Rinn, is a wellness centre located in Waterford’s stunning coastal scenery, which utilises the health benefits of the pristine Irish sea with modern physio and therapeutic facilities to promote a truly organic and regenerative healthcare experience for athletes, sports enthusiasts, those seeking recovery from illness or those simply wishing to unwind.

Known to all athletes in the region as the first stop for sports therapy and relief from injury in the build up to races. This facility was also built with recovery in mind and the seaweed baths are the ‘secret weapon’ of many an athlete in accelerating recovery.

We are delighted to have Sólás na Mara as an associate sponsor of our category prizes and the winners can look forward to a relaxing and invigorating experience at this wellness centre.

 

Interlude Cafe
In order to perform all athletes need top quality fuel and the Interlude provides just that - great food made from top quality local produce prepared and served with the minimum of fuss. Situated in the heart of Dungarvan across the bay from the start of the Greenway the Interlude comes highly recommended for post-race cake, lunch or dinner.
Susan Denn has been the driving force at Interlude since it was a concept on the drawing board. The Interlude has been in business since 1998 and such is its popularity locally it has since expanded to incorporate “Interlude Too” an informal and contemporary Cafe bar.

 

Eurospar
The official start of the Waterford Greenway is the base for Eurospar, Abbeyside who once again have come up trumps to provide much needed water and bananas for all athletes at the finish line. Whether you are starting or finishing a trip on the Greenway this local supermarket is the ideal choice to pick up supplies for the journey ahead.

 

Hallahans Coach Hire
It is a huge logistical task to get all our runners to the start line in a timely and safe manner. In the capable hands of Hallahans coach hire this will be done efficiently and professionally.
Hallahans provide coaches to many groups and can be seen on a daily basis dropping and collecting users of the Greenway. We would love if you would show your appreciation for all our local sponsors. Many of them are small businesses and provide great services within the community and need all our support to thrive and prosper. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 058/54065

 

Elite Entries
Entries are now closed but if you wish to apply as an elite runner please send your information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your name, date of birth, club and fastest time and location for either half marathon or 10 mile race ran in the last 3 years.

  • Half Marathon time: Under 1.20 for men (1.30 for women)
  • 10 Mile Time: Under 60 mins for men (65 for women)