Half marathon expected to generate €250,000 for local economy

Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00

At the launch of the Pettitts SuperValu Wexford Half Marathon in Pettitts St Aidan's were Michael Farrell, DMP; Madeleine Quirke, CEO Wexford Chamber; Eoin Ryan, event organiser; Jamie Pettitt, Peter Hamilton and Eddie Kennedy, Pettitts and DMP.
At the launch of the Pettitts SuperValu Wexford Half Marathon in Pettitts St Aidan's were Michael Farrell, DMP; Madeleine Quirke, CEO Wexford Chamber; Eoin Ryan, event organiser; Jamie Pettitt, Peter Hamilton and Eddie Kennedy, Pettitts and DMP.

The launch of the popular Pettitt's SuperValu Wexford half marathon and 10km in association with DMP athletic club took place last week.

The annual event, which is taking place on Sunday April 17, attracts runners, joggers and walkers from all over Ireland and beyond.

'The Wexford race has become a weekend away for many running groups and running clubs,' says race organiser Eoin Ryan. It is expected that the race will generate €250,000 in revenue for the local economy.

In local circles the race has become a big social event on the Wexford sporting calendar. Many train especially for the event including the three Wexford 'leaders' Sheila Bolger, Derbhla Murphy and Kim Grennan. This year the Wexford town half marathon is also the County Championships race. This should attract an elite field of the best Wexford athletes going toe to toe, along with many recreational runners and walkers out for a personal challenge.

Many local clubs, societies and charities have benefited and continue to benefit from the race over the years. The race will donate a sum of €4,500 between Wexford MarineWatch and Pieta House should the number of entries reach 1,500.

The race is open to anyone who wishes to walk or run either race distance. The closing date for online entries will be April 12. Later entries will be taken at registration on the day.

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