The Dungarvan 10 Mile Road Race is a popular road running event held annually in Dungarvan, Ireland. The race typically attracts a large number of participants and offers a challenging course that winds through the picturesque countryside, beaches and streets of Dungarvan. The event is organised by West Waterford Athletic Club, and what a great job they do.

For many the John Treacy Dungarvan 10 mile replaces the dearly departed Ballycotton 10 no longer a fixture on the Irish running calendar, the Dungarvan 10 has soared in popularity as one of the “go to” Spring 10-mile races, along with the Mallow 10. I had never had the chance to run as it already conflicted with the XC season.

Assuredly, the course is a PB course. A relatively flat loop that navigates sheltered country roads. It’s a course that rewards patience in the early miles – there are plenty of opportunities to attack the downhill sections from the turn at halfway. The race t-shirt is one of the best in the business and comes with a decent goodie bag and a spread of food in the sports hall afterwards that could feed an army.

The weather conditions on Sunday were incredibly good – temperatures rising to nearly 6-8 degrees by the start. With no headwind of any great description, these were dream-like conditions. I was happy running steady but still struggled mentally at the end. The pace may be slow but I’m on the comeback trail now.

In the overall results,  William MAUNSELLof Clonmel took the spoils in 49.52, while in the ladies, Mary MULHARE ran a super impressive 55.48. Full results link below but credit to Aoife O’Leary who broke Lucy Darcy’s almost 10-year-old record by a minute. An incredible run by any standard.  Credit also to young Cardigan and Baby Guinness lover Conor Cavanagh who goes from strength to strength and ran a 3-minute PB in 55.46. watch this space for both of these in upcoming races.

A great night was had on the town and cycling the Greenway the following day. If you are down that way, be sure to link in with Conor for a run or some tips on what to do and see.

If you’re interested in participating in the Dungarvan 10 Mile Road Race, be sure to check with the event organisers for specific information on the date, start time, and registration process in 2024.Its a cracking weekend.

Conor CAVANAGH 55:46
Gareth MURRAN 58:58
Aoife O’LEARY 01:00:19
Deidre O’Connell 01:07:26
Thomas KINSELLA 01:15:53

You can check out lost opf the previous race reports in the archive.