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Thursday 27 June 2019

Two thousand entrants expected for annual half-marathon and 10k

Last year’s half marathon winner, Myles Gibbons, coming home
Last year’s half marathon winner, Myles Gibbons, coming home

Simon Bourke

The annual Pettitt's SuperValu Wexford half-marathon and 10k race day is on course for a record number of entrants this year in what also happens to be its tenth anniversary.

With 2,000 athletes set to take to the line on April 28 at 10.30am, this year's race promises to be the biggest ever and underlines the popularity of an event which has become one of the most high-profile outside of the capital.

'I am fortunate to have such a great team behind me who are passionate about showing Wexford at its best. People come for the big race buzz and the Wexford welcome. It has become an annual social event for many,' said race organiser Eoin Ryan.

Both races attract fitness enthusiasts from all 32 counties and, in some cases, further afield. This year there will be competitors from the UK, the US and even one from Japan. Considered a very fast course, many previous entrants have achieved personal bests at the event.

The half marathon is the most popular race with two thirds taking part in it. 'It's a big revenue generator for the town and environs as most people need to eat after a half marathon. Local clubs also benefit from helping during the race,' said Eoin.

There are still places available for those interested in participating on the day. Go to www.wexfordhalfmarathon.com for further details.

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