It's almost time for the Stook 10, which will take over Dungarvan village on November 18
Gowran AC hearts may be as red as their singlets but they’ll be going green for the Stook 10 mile and 5km road races on Sunday, November 18.
Compostable cups and a drive to recycle will be operation for this year’s event, which will be held in the village of Dungarvan.
“Stook has always been about community and giving back,” said race director Simon O’Dwyer. “Earlier in the year we were looking at how to build on the previous successes from a race experience and fundraising point of view.
“Out of this discussion came a very natural decision to try and find way we could reduce the impact that the race has on the environment.
We’ve never been afraid of trying something new and different so in our first year, with the help and guidance of Kilkenny County Council, we are addressing some important areas such as plastic bottles, waste management and transport - all areas where real differences can be made.”
To get the ball rolling a litter pick was carried out along the route on September 23rd with the team collecting over 40kg of waste. On race day the hydration stations will have reusable cups instead of individual plastic bottles. Supported by Kilkenny County Council these cups will be supplied by Refill.ie. Refill.ie will have an information stand there on the day for people to find out more about their vision.
Post-race drinks will be served in compostable cups and bins will be clearly signed to encourage the correct segregation of waste.
Leftover food, where appropriate, will be delivered to local homeless shelters. Supporters have been asked to help spread the word online to avoid the printing of posters and signage from previous years will be reused.
What can runners expect from the AAI certified, club-run Stook 10 mile race? An accurate course for starters, chip timing, hydration stations and the famous 10 mile finishers’ momento - the Stook cowbell. You’ll also get to experience the Stook Flying Mile - Ireland’s fastest timed downhill mile.
Family Friendly 5km
The family friendly 5km starts and finishes at the same point as the 10 mile race. Participants will get the same beautiful scenery and great atmosphere without the big hill!
They will most likely be joined by the gang who have been meeting in Paulstown every Thursday night since September to complete their Couch to 5km training. This initiative by Gowran AC has been in operation for a number of years with people who are already 5km fit returning for the 5km Improvers or Try a 10 Mile training sessions.
Competitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottle or cup and cycle or organise to carpool to the event. There will also be a collection of old runners which will be donated to communities in Africa.
The fun begins at 12 noon on November 18. Register now at www.stook10.ie