500 set for Royal Canal Run

500 set for Royal Canal Run

The second annual Royal Canal Run takes place this Saturday, April 23 in Longford.

With a variety of events, the initiative has garnered much interest from across the county and there are currently over 500 people registered to take part.

On the day, proceedings will kick off at 8:30am when the Ultra Marathon begins.

This will cover a 53 km radius and there are currently 30 people registered to take part.

At 10am the full marathon will begin in earnest with over 100 entrants taking to the line; while the half marathon and 10k runs kick off at 10:20am.

So far, nearly 200 people have registered to take part in the half marathon, while 150 will take part in the 10k.

“We are all sold out online at this stage,” a delighted Brendan Doyle told the Leader.

“There are limited entries available now and these will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

“We are all looking forward to the occasion; it will be a great sight to see in Longford - over 500 runners along the canal from 8:30am next Saturday.”

Last year, Mr Doyle introduced the first ever Royal Canal Run in Longford.

Three hundred people participated at the event, which in just a few short months, has gone from strength to strength.

“It’s great really; people are coming from all over the country and all the runs will include the loop which goes from Longford Slashers to Churchlands Bridge, turning and going back into town,” he added.

“That loop is a wonderful facility here in Longford and it will be a day where we can showcase the very best of what this county has to offer.”

Meanwhile, it’s all go for Mr Doyle and his team who have been planning and organising this event since last November.

“We are very grateful to Longford Slashers GAA who are allowing us the use of their car park for the event and at the moment I am trying to sort out marshals for different points along the routes,” added Mr Doyle, who himself is a renowned marathon runner.

“We would love to see the public coming out and supporting the runners next Saturday as well; it would be great to see them all being clapped to the finish line.”