27th ANNUAL FORDE’S DAYBREAK WINTER LEAGUE STARTS THIS EVENING.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE?
There was a great turn out last Wednesday night for the number collection night for this year’s winter league, our thanks to all those runners who came along,it will take a lot of pressure off as we get round 1 of the league under way tonight. The 27th year of the event kicks off tonight Wednesday with round one of the 11 week league with the traditional 2 week break over Christmas. If you didn’t manage to get your online entry processed last week you can of course still sign up online and come along tonight or indeed you can join in the league at any point you wish. Both the long course and the short course will both remain the same as previous years and both will be stewarded. We of course want each and every runner to come along and enjoy the event but safety for all is paramount to the league success,with this in mind we ask all runners to please obey the organisers and stewards at all times ,they are there for our safety and if we can keep each other safe both in the hall by wearing a mask out on the road by keeping to the rules of the road and league itself it will add greatly to our enjoyment at the event. The main aim of the winter league is and has been for all of 27 years is to promote health and fitness through running, especially for those that have never ran before. If it’s your first winter league we are there to help you in any way that we can, indeed the league itself is structured in such a way that it’s ideally set up for all no matter what your standard of fitness is as our league handicap system which is used has the total beginner in mind. The first night of the league will get under way at 6.45 tonight when we fire the starter’s pistol announcing the start of this year’s league sending the large field of runners on their way in the traditional first night mass start.
PLEASE NOTE-TONIGHT’S ROUND 1 OF THE WINTER LEAGUE.
1.Tonight we will get the 27th annual Forde’s Daybreak winter league under way with the traditional mass start for both the short and long routes. First league the short course will be off at 6.50 sharp followed 5 minutes later by the second league, the long route.
- If you picked up your number last week there is no need for you to enter the hall-only those who have yet to pick their number up should come into the hall ( please bring your mask)
- When you arrive for the run you should have your number pinned to the front of your hi viz vest.
- Please bring a single car key which you can keep in your pocket there won’t be a facility for your keys to be minded for you this year.
- You can still enter the league by following the link in our facebook or on the club web site,( no monies will be accepted each individual night of the league as in the past its online entry only) For club members you can pay 35
euro (this includes the 5 euro once off number payment) and for non-members you can pay a once off payment of 40 euro which also includes the 5 euro number payment charge.
- The number provided to you at registration is Water proof and this number will be your number for the duration of the entire league and must be worn each week.
- When you cross the finish line each week please leave the finish area immediately no congregating around for the chat !!
SAFETY ON THE ROADS IS PARAMOUNT TO THE SUCCESS OF THE WINTER LEAGUE.
The first rule of safety when running on the road is that all runners must wear their reflective bib at all times. Bibs can be bought at any sports shop or hardware shop. We must obey the stewards at all times. They are there for our own safety and are not to be ignored. Please be wary of traffic at all times but especially when crossing the road or overtaking somebody.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING WATCHES, IPOD’S AND REFLECTIVE BIBS
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY RUNNER BE ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN THE WINTER LEAGUE WITHOUT A REFLECTIVE BIB. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET GOT A BIB PLEASE DO SO BEFORE THE OFFICIAL START OF THE LEAGUE TONIGHT. WATCHES AND IPOD’S OR ANY MUSIC DEVICES ARE STRICTLY AGAINST LEAGUE RULES.
West Waterford athletic club extend sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Bunny Garcia Murphy Place Abbeyside who passed to her eternal reward last week, may she rest in peace.