Stellar Field Set for 2014 Charleville International Half-Marathon

2014 Lidl Charleville International Half-Marathon

The Charleville International Half-Marathon (Sunday 21st September 10am) is in its 4th year and is continuing to grow and develop. The event is organised by North Cork AC as a fundraiser for both their activities and for St. Josephs Foundation. The club has donated over 6000 Euro to St Josephs Foundation over the past 3 years and are aiming to make a similar donation again this year. Lidl have once again come on board as proud main sponsors of the event.

 

Growing Popularity

As a sporting event with both a competitive field and non-competitive participants there has been great success in developing the Half-Marathon. The field of participants have grown over the past number of years; 2011 = 440, 2012 = 600, 2013 = 700 participants. The significant growth in popularity of the event in both competitive and non-competitive participants is largely due to the flat course which allows beginners a good way of covering the distance without the extra difficulty of hills, and it also allows the experienced runners set personal bests over an accurately measured course.

 

Competitive International Field

The race this year is also serving as the Munster Athletics Half-Marathon Championship. Munster athletics club members just have to tick a box on the entry form to enter the championship. There is up to 1000 competitors expected overall. There will be a highly competitive field out towards the front of the race with a number of elite entrants from countries such as Belgium, Uganda, Germany, France, Canada, Moldova and more expected in the coming weeks. A number of Irelands best distance runners are set to attend.

 

Record Holders Return with Stellar Field

Both the men’s and women’s course record holders will be returning to the event this year. Sergiu Ciobanu’s record of 65:05 and Maria McCambridge’s record of 73:05 are set to come down this year if weather conditions are favourable. The men’s field is especially competitive with over 10 athletes with personal bests faster than 68 minutes set to attend. Two athletes from Belgium, Tim Stessens and Geert Maes with personal bests under 67 minutes are set to challenge the strong Irish contingent. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Brian Maher and Paddy Hamilton are all athletes with times of 67 minutes or under that will be looking to better both each other as well as the international contingent. An interesting international competitor is Ugandan Ismail Ssenyange who is mentored by Irish coach Jerry Anglim. He was 2nd in last year’s Charleville event and has since improved his personal best to 64:57 which is well under 5 minutes per mile pace. His personal best is just a second faster than Ciobanu’s so it should make for a very close race on the men’s side.

 

Sanchez Returns

The women’s field will see former Irish Olympian Maria McCambridge challenged by Barbara Sanchez, who is returning from the European Athletics Championships Marathon. Sanchez will try to carry her good form that event forward to Charleville which is much more conducive to fast running than the one she faced in Zurich. Ailish Malone of Clonliffe Harriers who finished 2nd in the National Half-Marathon Championships in Dublin recently will aim to better her time significantly from the much tougher Rock’n’Roll Dublin Half-Marathon course.

 

Standard Entry Fee Extended

The standard entry fee rate period which was supposed to end this Thursday 4th September is being extended for one week until Thursday 11th of September to celebrate such a positive growth in numbers and a strong field of athletes attending. Go to www.CharlevilleHalf.com/Registration to enter. Email: CharlevilleHalf@gmail.com with any queries.

Extended Standard Entry Fee Rate 2014

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