Enda Seery and Nollaig McEntegart of Mullingar Harriers after finishing the Rosemount Half Marathon last year.

Rosemount half marathon is just a fortnight away

With less than two weeks to go till the Rosemount half marathon and 10km – the event takes place on Saturday October 12 – it’s all systems go in the community as locals prepare to welcome runners from all over the country.

Last year’s inaugural event was the first of its kind in the locality and it has an attractive route on lovely scenic and quiet roads, taking in part of the Mullingar to Athlone Old Rail Trail (greenway).

Places for this year’s event are filling up fast and registration is available on the event website – rosemounthalfmarathon.ie.

The event is organised by Rosemount GAA club, with the assistance of the local community. Rosemount Community Centre, located at the GAA grounds, will again host the event.

Those who have already registered are asked by organisers to take note of the following information about the event.

The race is registered with Athletics Ireland and is fully chipped and timed. All results will be posted on the website following the event and on the day in the community centre.

Registration and number collection on the morning of October 12 will be open from 7.30am and will close at 9am sharp. The half marathon will start first at 10am and the 10km race starts at 10.30am.

There is plenty of parking available between the community centre, the local school and surrounding areas. There will be a bag-drop facility in the community centre, which will be attended throughout the event. Runners will need to show their race numbers when using this facility.

Should anyone need medical assistance, members of the Order of Malta will be on site and along the route. A number of physios will also be available after the race.

Upon completion, each participant will receive a Rosemount half marathon medal and will be invited to join volunteers in the community centre for light refreshments.

All support is welcome and ‘Rambling Rosie’ will be on site during the event with some light refreshments on sale.

If anyone has any queries about the event, they can email rosemounthalfmarathon@gmail.com or check out the event website – rosemounthalfmarathon.ie – or the Facebook page.

With this year’s event again taking place just over two weeks before the Dublin City Marathon, it should suit athletes who will be tapering down in distance after long training runs in preparation for the big day in Dublin.

Peter Mooney from Meath was the winner of the men’s half marathon race in Rosemount last year, while Adrianna Mulligan of Longford AC was the first woman home.

In last year’s 10k race, Andrew Nevin of Mullingar Harriers was the first male finisher, and Julie Kirwan of Slaney Olympic was the winner of the women’s race. The organisers wish all participants good luck.

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