A BIG "Thank You" to all participants & supporters for making 2016 one to remember.
Saturday June 25th saw Waterford host its 5th Annual Viking Marathon, boasting terrific entertainment all the way along the route as over 2,000 runners wound their way along the roads.
The international appeal won out again this year with many visitors using the event as an excuse to travel to Ireland. Participants travelled from Brazil, Johannesburg, Sweden, Norway, Alaska, all over the rest of the US and from all corners of Ireland. New to the event were a wonderful group of 6 Japanese marathon runners, who between them have completed over 3,300 marathons.
This year’s event took in over 10 miles of the Viking city’s streets before the full marathon runners made their way out to the seaside town of Tramore. It was all about entertainment again this year, with high profile local bands and musicians in abundance over the entire route. The weather played its part too, a light breeze cooling tired legs as they headed for home.
The novel distance of the quarter marathon was the shortest route available for runners and they were the first group to enjoy the stadium finish on the welcoming blue of the Mondo track. The men’s race was well contested with mostly local runners vying for the tops spots. Back with a bang to the running scene was Ferrybank AC’s Ruairi O’ Donnell in a time of 36.21. Next home was Waterford AC’s Brian Swaby 36.57 and 3rd place went to Raivis Zakis in 37.52. Similarly in the lady’s event, first home was Vanessa Bray from Limerick in a time of 43.59, with local athlete Sinead Brannigan finishing in 45.49 and 3rd placed Louise Matthews in 46.17.
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 75 of the Roads Act 1993, the following public roads will be closed on Saturday 25th June to facilitate the 2016 Viking Marathon.
R680 The Mall 8.00a.m. – 10.30a.m.
R680 The Quay 8.30a.m. – 10.30a.m.
R675 Tramore Road 9.30a.m. – 3.30p.m
(from Tramore Road Roundabout to Kingfisher Entrance)
Please be aware there will be Rolling Closures on the following Roads in Waterford City from 8.45a.m. - 11a.m.
Full Road Closure Details here »
This year the Waterford Viking Marathon team got some very exciting and unusual news. Joining us for the 2016 Viking Marathon on June 25th are some very special runners travelling all the way from Japan!
Waterford Institute of Technology will partner with WLRfm Waterford Viking Marathon for this year’s race happening on June 25th. WIT are sponsoring the much sought after goody bag for the event as well as providing expert training advice and information for runners, from the wonderful Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Science, in the lead up to the event through the WIT website, the department’s blog and social media pages. WIT is fully supportive of this year’s event and many staff and students are training to take part in the Full, Half, Quarter and Relay marathon.
Crossing that finish line can be the best feeling in the world but sometimes getting there has its challenges…. So, we decided to hold our annual "Six Weeks to Go" Seminar, hosted by Whitfield Clinic, on May 12th to help get you through any challenges you have been facing or that may lie ahead in the build up to the 2016 Waterford Viking Marathon.
Runners from all catergories - the full, half, quarter and our new relay race - joined us for a hugely interesting and informative night with great tips from experts from Waterford Institute of Technology and Whitfield Clinic.