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Ireland Trip

The Ireland trip is part of Southwell Running Club's memoirs, which long term members will recall, possibly even talk about (and in some cases dream of how their running has changed over the years, mostly aptly described by 'slowing down'). The last and most sucessful trip was in 2009, after which it was decided to suspend such an adventure, rather than run the risk of it becoming monotonous. No similar trips have occured since then, but if  any member wishes to organise one, the committee will be pleased to hear from them.

At the risk of boring newer members, the rest of this page gives an account of what they missed!

The event was a very successful biannual trip that occured in May and focused on Roundstone in Ireland. Several members crossed the sea to spend up to a week in the land of Guinness, with the main event (in addition to the drinking) being an organised five mile run sponsored by O'Dowds (a local pub). In 2003 SRC dominated the race but in 2005 the local Irish runners secured  most of the top positions. In 2007 there was a disappointing number of runners from Ireland, but a record turn out from Southwell. Perhaps the fact that in addition to the race we celebrated (early) John Cummins 60th birthday helped to swell the numbers. In 2009 both Gallway and Southwell were well represented with good performances from both clubs. The weather this time was cold, windy and showery. Perhaps it was too much to expect hot weather for three visits in a row. However, certainly the overall experience was superb and everyone had a good time.

After four amazing trips spanning eight years the club has reluctantly decided that the time is right to pursue new ventures, therefore future organised club visits to Ireland are not at the moment being planned.  However we would like to think that the club's long standing partnership with Rounstone  could well be resurected in the future.

To view the results for the most final race, click results 2009.

To view the photos from this years race please click on the gallery

Roundstone is a picturesque, quiet village where you can relax (except on race day). Here are a few photos to whet your apetite for a visit.

Roundstone picture 1

Roundstone picture 2

Roundstone picture 3

Roundstone picture 4





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