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Large numbers expected for Achill 10k and 5k races

Large numbers expected for Achill 10k races

Anton McNulty


Organising of the Achill 10k and 5k races which are to takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend are expecting a record number of entries for this year’s race.
The two races will take place on Achill Island on Saturday May 5 and 26 Extreme, the organisers of the race are expecting a large number of participants to be at the start line.
So far there have been entries coming in from all over Ireland and from as far away as France for the two events which was first run in 2010.
“I have raced all over Europe in running and adventure racing events, but few places I have been compare to Achill Island.
Even before you leave you are working out when you will be back. From the scenery and range of outdoor activities to the turf fires and Guinness, Achill has it all,” explained Rowan McMahon from 26 Extreme.
The two races are open to runners of all abilities and will cover some of the island’s most most breathtaking scenery whilst passing historical sites and island life along the way. The 10k race starts off from Keel and takes participants through the villages of Slievemore and Dookinella before finishing the last two kilometres along Keel beach, one of Achill Island’s five Blue Flag beaches. The 5k race will take will take place entirely on Keel beach.
The organisers, 26 Extreme are a Co Down based company who specialise in adventure racing and are responsible for the Mourne Way Marathon, Causeway Coast Marathon and Irelands Coast 2 Coast Multi Sport Race.
They have organised the Achill 10k and 5k races since 2010 and race Director Ian Cummings said the spectacular scenery and the warm welcome they and the participants receive ensure that they continue to come back every year.
As well as the races there is a large social element to the events and this year the Pure Magic Lodge and Kite Centre will be hosting the pre-event pasta special the night prior to the event and they will also be hosting the race prize giving the night of the event.
For further race information and how to enter log onto www.26extreme.com and confirm your entry as the cut off deadline for entries is almost up. Information on accommodation and kite tuition log onto www.puremagic.ie.

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