Gear up for Galway Walking Club’s annual marathons

The Galway Walking Club’s marathon and half marathon will take place in Connemara on Saturday, August 12.

Established in 1994, the club’s annual marathons and half marathons have taken place in some of the most scenic places in Connemara, attracting hundreds of participants.

This year’s route is from Killary to Maam Valley mostly along the Western Way. It is mainly a flat walk, the highest point being Maumean at 259 meters. While about one third of the route is on the road, the majority is on grass or forest track. There are spectacular views of Killary Fjord, the Maumturks, and the Twelve Bens. All participants receive a well-earned meal in the Maam Valley Community Centre on completion of their walk.

The registration form is available on the club website. Registration for the event closes on Friday, August 4. Organisers are asking interested parties to register their interest by that date in order to be able to guarantee a seat on the bus taking walkers to the start line. This year’s fee for the marathon is €30. All details are available on the club website at http://galwaywalkingclub.files.wordpress.com.

For further details on the marathon contact Jerry Lalor, marathon coordinator, at [email protected], or Ellen Looby at [email protected].

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