The stunning Mount Juliet Country Estate in Thomastown, is to host an exciting new running event next February expected to attract thousands of participants from all over Ireland and abroad.
Run Mount Juliet 2013 will consist of three races - a 3 Km, a 10 Km and a half marathon. The event will take place on Saturday February 16 with part of the proceeds being donated to Cois Nore charity which is raising funds to build a cancer support centre in Kilkenny.
Details of the newest event on the Irish running calendar in the magnificent grounds of Mount Juliet and the surrounding countryside were announced by Kilkenny Hurling Manager, Brian Cody, who is a patron of Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre.
Run Mount Juliet 2013 is approved by the Athletic Association of Ireland and is unique in that it is one of the few meetings of its kind in Ireland offering runners three options on site.
The races will start outside the splendid Georgian Mount Juliet Estate House. The first 5 kilometres of the half marathon and the 10k races will be staged in the Mount Juliet grounds. Runners will then head into the beautiful surroundings of Kells and Stoneyford before completing their races in the Mount Juliet grounds
Mount Juliet General Manager, William Kirby, said the Estate is delighted to be hosting this new running event. “This is the first time that we have had such an event in Mount Juliet which is a perfect setting for these races. We want people to come here and have fun. This is an important addition to the Irish running calendar and we look forward to welcoming runners and their supporters from all over Ireland to Co. Kilkenny.
“We are also thrilled to be supporting the Cois Nore Cancer Support Charity which is doing amazing work to bring vital cancer services to Kilkenny.”
Race Director, Caroline Walsh said: “We are very excited to be holding this inaugural run with a total prize fund of €5,000. Because we have three races there is something to suit all levels of fitness. This is also a great opportunity for people to support a great cause and to get together with friends for fun day out. Novice runners can dip their toe into racing by trying the 3k event; while more experienced runners who are looking for a challenge can enter the half marathon. Those in doubt can enter the 10k run!”
Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre plans to provide gentle caring support for people with cancer in a confidential, professional and non-judgmental environment. The Centre aims to help ease the experience for individuals, their carers and families by providing support, information and empowering people at the time of diagnosis, during treatment and after treatment.
Mount Juliet Leisure Centre have organised several training schedules to suit all runners who want to participate. For more information contact Caroline or Aisling at 056 777 3040.