Survival of the fittest at Johnstown Castle
While other cities and towns content themselves with marathons, mini-marathons and fun-runs, Wexford's inaugural Festival of Running will include an event guaranteed to push competitors to their very limits. Attracting fitness enthusiasts from across Ireland, the festival's main event will be a 24 hour race where the focus will not be on quick times or personal bests, but on who can run furthest.
Shirley Walsh, of Wexford Marathon Club which is organising the festival , explains: 'It's a race based on the distance you cover. Some people will run for 24 hours solid while others will run for maybe six hours and then take a break. People will come from all over to take part in it as there aren't many of these events in Ireland.'
Beginning in Johnstown Castle on Saturday, April 13 at midday, the race is just one of five taking place over the course of the weekend. At midnight the 12-hour event begins, this is followed by the six-hour race at 6 a.m., the three-hour at 9 a.m. and the one-hour at 11 a.m. All races will finish simultaneously at midday on Sunday, April 14.
'There will be something to suit everybody from beginners to those who wish to push themselves that bit further,' said Shirley.
'All finishers will receive a unique finisher's top along with a medal and goody bag. Camping facilities will be available for those eager to support the competitors.'
Ensuring the safety of those taking part is a chief priority for the organisers and, to that end, safety stewards and first aid staff will man the 1.3km course throughout the day.
Although a small registration fee is required to enter the races this is a non profit event and all proceeds will be donated to the Ask Campaign for Mental Health.
Those interested in registering for the races can do so at https://www.justrunsevents.com/wexford-festival-of-running.php