On Saturday the 14th of October, the club organised a 14 mile training run on the new Waterford Greenway going from Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan. Although the weather was overcast, it was still dry and mild and it made for a great event.
What was really unique about the route was the diversity of the scenery along the way. From running at the back of farmers fields to bridges over roads, tunnels under roads to multi-span viaducts over small river valleys.
The old railway tunnel at Ballyvoyle was surreal. It was discretely lit which preserved some of its character with a little valley of lush green vegetation at either end.
Closer to Dungarvan, the ocean views made for a complete contrast to what had come before.
The surface of the Greenway was a smooth tarmacadam finish and perfect for running on. What was unusual was the sheer number of people out running, walking and cycling on the Greenway, especially for an early Saturday morning in mid-October.
Overall, the Greenway is a great spot for a training run and highly recommended.
Our thanks to Halahan Coaches who we used to take us from Dungarvan to the old workhouse in Kilmacthomas. The driver couldn’t have been more helpful.
Our thank to EuroSpar Abbeyside which is literally within 100m of the end of the Greenway in Dungarvan. It’s as ideal spot for any small group for teas, coffees and scones after an outing on the Greenway.
And finally our thanks to James Veale of West Waterford AC for his help and advice in advance of the run. It’s one thing to be looking at information on a Facebook page or website but being able to ask someone with local knowledge is invaluable.