It’s that “I’ll get you going” spirit that only an ex Olympic Boxer can own so uniquely.You know? Incites you but disguises it so beautifully.Even the walk has a certain “I just knocked him out” lethargic relaxed look.Yes, he is The General but never more so than on Race Day in May. Us veteran Club Members understand Race Day. Years of practice allow us all to slip seamlessly into our role.Myles on the finish, Tony on chaos, Trevor at Terenure and so on.But it’s the Cock O’ Hoop walk that gets me every time. You see, I’m the driver of the Clock Car Jeep and it’s surprisingly stressful.The Olympic European Multi record holder fuels it beautifully. An hour before the start the clock gets fitted. The techno guys give clear instructions;“Don’t touch this, hit that, wait, go, pause, prepare”.Atmosphere rising. 10 minutes to go and I line the Clock car up 30 meters from the start. No sign of Mick.5 minutes to go “Where is Mick?”.2 minutes to go, Mick appears, the strut is on. Like Napoleon, he walks head high, to inspect the start line. Anxious athletes are fuelled to go.The General utters his few words, the tension builds.The Techno get strung out and I pray that the Jeep won’t stall. 10 seconds to the start shouts one to the other.Garda bikes circle and growl. The walk begins, the tension rises.The Olympian begins his walk. It’s not a hurried walk, it’s an Olympians walk. It is his moment to return to ‘his corner’.The tape is dropped, athletes are marshaled forward, the Olympian continues. Now he is dueling, fighting, challenging.The Olympian is an Athlete. With his back to the Runners he dares them to race.The [...]
If you are coming back to try and beat last years time the results from last years race are available.
The race headquarters for tomorrows race is St Pauls Schoool, off St Peters Road (the big i icon on the map below). Entries are available on the morning, but please aim to be there an hour before hand. The race will start at 10am. View Sportsworld Terenure in a larger map The route for tomorrows race is Sportsworld 5 Mile Classic RouteFind more Runs in Dublin, Ireland
Just a note to inform runners that the Online Entry for this years race will close this Friday 15th May at 23.45 (this is to allow us time to download the entry details). Race entries will be taken on the morning of the race, but we advise all runners to turn up an hour before the race start (10am) to avoid queues and allow for a sufficient warm-up time. For club members who are stewarding the race, the meeting time is 8am at the race HQ, and please remember to wear your club jacket. See you all sunday and best of luck to all runners and walkers.
Online entry for the Sportsworld 5 mile Classic 2009 are now available. The race is on Sunday May 17th at 10am.