Run Clare Kicks Off With A Bang!

February 02, 2024

Run Clare 2024 kicked off with its scenic 5k Spanish Point race on Saturday, January 27th. The event, supported by Run Republic and ActivePix, saw almost 500 people take to start line to begin another year of the popular Banner series.

As we are almost one week removed from the launch of this years’ series, Run Republic caught up with organiser Jason Moloney to talk about how the Spanish Point 5k unfolded and why the series is so popular.

Jason opened up by highlighting the conditions on the day, telling us that ‘Conditions were good for the event, slightly cool but no real wind to contend with’ meaning runners could really soak up the beauty of the course on the day.

‘Event photos were taken on the day by ActivePix and Run Republic. This is our first event with this company, and we are delighted with the way the final photos were portrayed.

‘Registration was in St Joseph's Secondary school which was an ideal base for us, and the Civil Defence were on hand to provide an amazing service as always.

When asked about what makes the series is so popular, Moloney told Run Republic that the format is the key. ‘It's a format we have used for the last 10 years and seems to work well for beginners that are trying to work on higher distances. It gives them an attainable goal each month, with lots of like-minded people. It also works well for seasoned runners as they train for the summer racing season.’

The format sees the four race series begin with a 5k, before building up to a 5-Mile race in the second event. The third race sees the distance grow again to a 10k, before the final race distance of 10-Miles finishes the '4 Races in 4 Months' series. 

Next up in the Run Clare series is the 5-mile race in Lisdoonvarna on Saturday, February 17th. ‘Famous for matchmaking, you may even meet your match at the finish line!

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