The Seamie Weldon 5K Walk/Run, held by Ardee & District Athletics Club, is returning again this year and will take place on the first weekend in September, Saturday the 2nd.
The now annual event returns for it’s third outing, after the huge success of the 2015 and 2016 walk and runs which was attended by scores of local people and athletes from clubs all over the North East. The numbers of attendees last year dwarfed 2015 numbers and organisers hope are hoping for similar participation again.
The event is held in memory of former club member and mentor Seamie Weldon. Seamie was involved in all of the different guises of Ardee’s athletics club over 50 years and left an indelible mark on athletics in Ardee. He sadly passed away in July 2014.
Open to seasoned athletes, novices or walkers of all ages and standards, last year’s 5K was won by Kenya’s Freddy Keron Sittuk in just 15:29. Once again The Seamie Weldon Memorial Cup (pictured below) will be the main prize on offer for the first placed mens team, while the Jimmy Bradley Cup is up for grabs for the first women’s team over the line.
There’ll also be a host of other medals up for grabs as well as cash prizes – up to €2,000 – and bonus prizes plus lots of juvenile races for young competitors.
As ever, the route begins at Ardee St Marys ground on the Drogheda Road and turns left onto Sliabh Breagh, before the the course runs onto Stoney Lane, Oberstown, Blakestown and then then down the N2 and back to Pairc Mhuire.
Registration is already open. Whether you fancy running the course or just walking at your own pace, everyone is welcome to register and take part. You don’t have to be a member of an athletics club. You can register online by clicking here or alternatively pick up a form through any of the club coaches.
You can also contact Trudi McGuinness (087 2967835) or Mari McDonnell on 087 958 8024. The race will be A.A.I event and will be fully chipped and the first 400 registered participants will receive a brand new technical t-shirt.