Ratoath Half Marathon 2021 (11th Sept)
Starting and finishing at Fairyhouse Racecourse, the Ratoath Half Marathon on Saturday morning 11th September attracted 307 entries to the eagerly anticipated third edition of the event. Still operating under current Covid health restrictions of a maximum of 200 runners in a group or wave, the competitors were set off in 2 waves, based on predicted finish times. Among the front row in the first wave was our own Eddie Newman, looking to build on recent fine performances on the road in Kilcock, Kilbeggan and Castlepollard. Running along with some good competition helped to bring out the best in Eddie and he was happy to finish strongly in 78:04, placing him eighth overall and first in his master age category.
It’s great to see live in-person racing continue and more and more races are scheduled in the coming weeks and months, including the Mullingar Half Marathon at the end of September, where a big number of the Mullingar Harriers adult members are entered to compete. As more and more Covid health restrictions are relaxed, we look forward to seeing things slowly returning to what we regarded as normal and took for granted before the Covid pandemic hit Ireland in March 2020.