The Greenway Half Marathon starts in Kilmacthomas and finishes in Dungarvan. I had never been on the Greenway before and was looking forward to seeing it. I stayed with my friend Kate the night before the race. Alarms were set for 5am to make it to Dungarvan for 7:30am! Runners were brought by bus from Dungarvan to the start line in Kilmacthomas. The race started at 9am. Kate and I met Liam Lenehan and his brother Pat in Kilmacthomas. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and I wondered how congested the start line would be on the greenway path! I was pleasantly surprised by how uncongested it was! The race numbers are restricted because cyclists and walkers can still use the Greenway during the race, though there were very few on it that morning. It’s a beautiful scenic route!
We ran over viaducts with beautiful views of the Comeragh mountains and surrounding farmlands and past the Flahavans factory. There are a few short inclines on the route but it is mostly flat – so a great race for PBs. Towards the end we ran through a 400m long tunnel, and on the other side were trees and walls of rocks covered in moss and fairy doors. Then my first glimpse of the sea.. the sea was flat as a mirror and the sun glistened on the surface. The last few kilometres have stunning views of Dungarvan Bay and Clonea Beach. Waterford was showing off all her beauty in the sunshine. Kate and I crossed the finish line together, and were greeted by Liam who was waiting with glasses of water for us. Really enjoyable race topped off by Liam, Pat and Kate all getting PBs! Liam also came 2nd in his age category! Well done Liam! Sportsworld Results Liam Lenehan 1:33:22 Martina Nolan-Jones 1:53:56