very successful event in the past history of Southwell Running Club was
a biannual trip in
May to 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 recent 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. Click on the pictures to view them full size.