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Wild Goose Chase 2017 – What You Need To Know

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Participants enjoying the Wild Goose Chase in Reaghstown in December 2016. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie
The sixth annual Wild Goose Chase 10k/5k Run takes place tomorrow (Saturday December 2nd). If you’re thinking of going, here’s all the details you need.
What time does the run start?

The run is due to get underway at 12pm on Saturday afternoon.

Do I have to register online before I arrive?

No. Registration has been open online for several weeks but online registration closed at 5pm today (Friday December 2nd). Anyone wishing to take part can come along and register on the day. If you’ve already registered online, you can pick up your numbers from the race venue.

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What time is registration open?

Registration will be open at the club house in  Reaghstown from 10.30am, 90 minutes before the run is due to get underway. To avoid delays, participants are asked to give themselves plenty of time to arrive and ensure they are registered.

How much does it cost?

It costs €20 per person to take part in the 10k race. There is a €15 entry charge to the 5k race.

Is there parking available?

The St Malachy’s Reaghstown church car park will not be available on Saturday due to a wedding. However, there will be free parking available at The Danny Boy, Dooley’s and the Westerns GFC grounds.

However, patrons are advised that if you park in the club grounds, you won’t be able to leave the site under after both 10k and 5k races are completed.

Is the race chipped?

Yes, the race is fully chipped –  whilst the course itself is measured at marked out at each KM stage. There’ll also be cash prizes, medals (below) and trophies for those competing in a whole host of various categories. It is open to all ages, levels and abilities.

The first 400 people to register will receive their custom Wild Goose Chase medals on the day. The remainder will be forwarded on a a later date.

Wild Goose Chase medals 2017
What is the route?

The 5K is a relatively short dash around Reaghstown – starting at the Westerns ground and turning right at the Old Post Office before coming out onto the N2 and back towards the club. This run also takes in the site of the old and very famous Wild Goose Lodge.

The 10K course heads east and follows a beautiful countryside route with magnificent views of the Cooley Mountains and Slieve Gullion. It passes the stunning Knockabbey Castle and also the old Wild Goose Lodge on it’s way back to the finishing line.

Thanks to Abbey Art Studios, there will be a number of colourful and fun motivational signs dotted along the route to help inspire all those taking part to go that bit further.

There will also be volunteers handing out water at various stations across both routes.

What are the funds raised going towards?

This year, the funds raised from the run will support the work of Ardee Hospice Homecare while some of the money raised will also go towards the ongoing redevelopment of the Westerns GFC grounds.

Is there anything else happening on the day?

There’ll be lots of refreshments on offer at the club house afterwards, as well as medal presentations and speeches, so if you’re taking part be sure not to rush off!

There will also be post-race analysis, chat and craic in Dooleys! Coming to Reaghstown to offically start the race this year is Colette O’Hagen. Collette is the ‘Queen of the Marathon’ in Ireland, having run 511 marathons since she started running.

The 68-year-old mother of five is a legend on the marathon circuit at home – and regularly completes back-to-back marathons on any given weekend!

Any special guests we should know about?

Yes! This year, Wild Goose Chase are delighted to welcome Collete O’Hagan to officially start the race. Known as the Queen of Marathons in Ireland, Colette has ran 511 in her life. The 68-year-old mother of five has become a legend of the marathon circuit at home and abroad and is very kindly coming to Reaghstown on Saturday to get things underway.

Colette O’Hagan with Wild Goose Chase organiser Lorna Kane.
How did last year’s event go?

Very well. Why don’t you take a look for yourself with some photos from the day. View a full gallery of images from last year’s event by clicking here.

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