Excitement building for this year's Ferrycarrig Five
An annual favourite on the Wexford fitness calendar, the 2016 Árachas Ferrycarrig Five road race is set to take place on Sunday, January 24.
Entries are now being taken for the five-mile race, which has proven popular over recent years with both seasoned athletes and anyone looking to get their new year off to a fit start.
A slightly later event date for 2016 shall give participants more time than in previous years to recover from the holiday indulgence before setting off on the Crossabeg course.
With a warm welcome for walkers and a full range of prizes on offer, including in veteran and junior categories, this is truly a sporting event for everyone.
Hosted by St Killians Athletics Club in conjunction with the Athletics Association of Ireland, the race will again take place along the reasonably flat and looped route from Ferrycarrig Park. Setting out at midday, participants will follow an anti-clockwise route through Newcastle, out and up the hard shoulder of the N11 from Kitestown Cross to Kyle Cross and return back to the Wexford Youths' complex for the finish. Chip timing will once again be in place, on a route regarded as ideal for achieving personal best times.
A strong community spirit and sense of fun and encouragement prevail at the event each year. Refreshments offered as participants return to the club complex provide an ideal opportunity for catching up with like-minded walkers, runners and friends both old and new.
Participants in the race, a fundraiser event for Crossabeg / Ballymun Community Centre, can also look forward to receiving a goodie bag and race momento. The very successful third annual Ferrycarrig Five, which took place last January, saw Mick Clohisey of Raheny Shamrocks set a course record of 23:58 to sprint back first across the finishing line. Clohisey now has a chance of being selected to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Wexford woman Jackie Carthy was the first woman home, with a time of 29:37. Runners and walkers wishing to enter the 2016 race can now do so by visiting the runireland.com or active.com websites.