I took part in the Glen to Glen half-marathon on May 28th. It was the inaugural Glendalough half-marathon and accompanying marathon. Its been nearly a year since I last took part in a race, the Viking Quarter Marathon, and it was good to get out again in a racing environment.
For an inaugural race, it was organised extremely well. Multiple information emails were sent prior to the race, and registration and race number collection were easy. The race started 5 minutes late (I’ve seen worse), and teas, coffees and a generous amount of baked treats were available at the end. For a first time race, organised by a local running club, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the finishers medal, which is a great addition to any collection.
Glendalough is a great location for a race. The scenery is stunning and the only sounds are birds, sheep, rivers, and runners on pavement. Its amazing that such an idyllic county location is only a 40 minute drive from Dublin city (60 minutes if you get stuck driving behind cyclists).
I found it to be a punishing, but enjoyable race. I felt like the run up the mountain towards the top of the waterfall would never end, add to that the scorching sunshine and it felt like a very long, very grueling race. My official race time wass 2 hours, 4 minutes, and 47 seconds. I’m pleased with that time considering how tough I found the course. Maybe I’d have gotten under 2 hours had I not stopped for some photo opportunities. Photo taking may have slowed me down, but it would be a shame not to stop and take in the scenery, after all, its not all about the time, its about the enjoyment. Photos below 🙂