Race Report : Connemarathon Half “Hell in a Headwind”

Date: Sunday 6/04/13 Start Time: Noon

Number of Runners: 2000 ish

Weather Conditions: Beyond Freezing and what felt like a gale-force headwind!!!

Route difficulty : incredibly challenging, a real test.

Chip Time: 1hr 35min 59secs (average pace 7m 16secs)

Position: 61st

Overall impression : The Connemarathon half is a unique isolated course and for that reason requires the incredible organisational skills of Ray and his team to make it possible. It is a run filled with amazing views and a great atmosphere. But it is a long day for runners, an early start of 7.30am to make a 90 minute bus transfer from Galway to the start line in Leenane for a gun time of noon. There was a lot of waiting around – unavoidable perhaps but not nice in a freezing breeze!! It was a relief to start running and warm up.
Definitely not a course for PBs, but a course to challenge your resolve!!! If the headwind for the entire route wasn’t enough there was a mountain to be climbed at 10 miles in #paidforearlypace.
The Connemarathon is a difficult course, but in fairness, it doesn’t make any claims to be anything else. Its a unique route, a stern test and should definitely be on joggers/runners list of events to do …… once, which will do me.

Race website http://www.connemarathon.com/

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