Directions for Connaught Primary Schools CC

Directions for Connaught Primary Schools CC

Hazelwood Community Park, Calry, Sligo
Saturday 24 October 2009 

Best of luck to everyone in this weekend's Connacht Primary Schools Cross Country. The following are the directions to the venue – Coming into Sligo on the dual carriageway, stay on the main road until you cross the bridge, pass through traffic lights and take the right turn at the next traffic lights (sign-posted Enniskillen), straight through small roundabout until you come to traffic lights (you pass by Sligo IT on the left).  Straight through traffic lights and continue on for about 2 miles and a Toyota garage on your left, 100mts on the right is the football pitch.  Parking is available at the Toyota Garage for buses and cars. It’s just a 100m walk to the venue.

Read on for more info ….


Registration is in the clubhouse beside the pitch. The cross country is in the field at the rear of the pitch so athletes need to make their way to the start of the races in good time.   

The following is the provisional times of events:-

1.00 p.m. GIRLS  1000 mts Walk
1.15 p.m. BOYS   1000 mts Walk
1.30 p.m. GIRLS Junior (3/4th Class)         800 mts Cross Country
1.45 p.m. BOYS  Junior (3rd/4th Class)     800 mts Cross Country
2.00 p.m. GIRLS  Senior (5th/6th Class)    1000 mts Cross Country
2.15 p.m. BOYS   Senior (5th/6th Class)   1000 mts Cross Country  


The following is intended to provide some advice to prepare for the race day – please read carefully: –

– Wear your blue school t-shirt for the race (this applies to Craughwell NS – other schools will have their own rule on what to wear).

– Bring a change of clothes and extra socks – check out

– If you have running shoes, you can keep the spikes in for this race.

– Athletes should get a good night’s sleep before race day. This is critical and makes a big difference to running form.

– Eat healthy meals. Include pasta or white/brown bread the evening before race day, as these are good sustenance for long running.

– Drink water rather than fizzy drinks.

– Eat a breakfast on the morning of the race. White bread is ideal as it’s easy to digest and gives you loads of energy. A fry is not good for running as it is hard to digest and will still be rattling around your stomach at 1.30pm.

– Bring a sandwich, banana or chocolate bar to eat on the way up to the race. No apples as these stay in stomach longer. And eat this snack about 11.30 or 12noon.

– Bring a drink (or two) of water with you and sip it a lot on the way up to the race but don’t drink much of it after 12 noon. 

Michael Tobin
087 6591879


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