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However, to read about the Ardgillan Castle event, see below ...



Information on Ardgillan Castle event

Do you see yourself as a world-class athlete?
Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a runner?
Do you reckon that you’re fit enough for a 10km or 5km race (or a 3km fun run / walk)?
Are you a lazy git who’d like to change your lifestyle? …

... if so, please read on.

Males (and females who are prepared to 'dress as males') are invited to take part in one of a series of runs being organised by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI). This event is an extension of MHFI’s celebration of International Men’s Health Week 2010. During this week, men in Ireland were called upon to “Get Up. Get Out. Get Going!” and to increase their level of physical activity.

You are encouraged to enter one of the 10km or 5km runs, or the 3km fun run / walk, which will be held in the spectacular surroundings of Ardgillan Castle, near Skerries, in Co. Dublin. This event will take place on Saturday 4th September 2010, with the races beginning at 1.30pm.

Competitors are asked to arrive between 10.00am and 12.30pm for final registration (even if they have completed an online registration) and to collect their numbers / timing chips.

Both the 10km and 5km events will be competitive races (chipped and timed), and the first three finishers in each will receive an engraved trophy. Registration is required for these runs, and can be done online at The cost is €15 per person for the 10km run and €10 per person for the 5km run when booked online (€20 for on-the-day registration). Due to demand, the closing date for online registration has now been extended to midnight on Wednesday 1st September 2010. Before registering, please make sure that you read the Terms and Conditions of entry. You can access these in Portable Document Format (PDF) by clicking here.

The 5km route around the grounds of Ardgillan can be viewed online at: Choose the 'Satellite' tab on the map for the best impression. Up to the 4km mark, this is a 'rolling course'. From 4km to 4.5km there is a 70m climb, which is followed by a descent to the 5km mark. All elevation data is available on this online link. The 10km race will be two laps of this route.

Everyone - from seasoned runners to absolute beginners - will be very welcome. However, for the 10km run, all competitors must be aged 15 years or over. For the 3km event, just turn up on the day and join in. It’s free!

All participants (in any of the runs) will receive a Finishers’ Medal to prove to their family and friends that they had the guts to meet this challenge.

If you are new to running, MHFI is offering an online 12 week step-by-step training programme to help you to prepare for this event.

However, as well as the competitive races, this will be a great family day out. From Noon onwards, there are …

  • Fantastic walks around the gardens (or, of course, you can join in the 3km event, see the races as you walk around, and get a Finishers' Medal!).
  • Fun activities for children arranged by the Football Association of Ireland.
  • Free blood pressure checks offered by the Irish Heart Foundation, and free health checks by the Ulster Cancer Foundation.
  • Information stands from the GAA.
  • Plenty of places to have a picnic.
  • Information on reducing your risk of cancer available from the Irish Cancer Society.
  • Opportunities to speak to a nurse from the Marie Keating Foundation.
  • Great playground facilities ...

... you don't have to be an athlete to come along!!!

Please click here (PDF 1.2MB) to download a flyer for this event in Portable Document Format. If you would like hard copies of this flyer or a display poster, please email Colin


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