Published in Fields of Athenry 10km on 20th December 2010
..or to be accurate, having a nightmare of a white Christmas.
After last year's bad weather, I really had hoped that it was a once-in-a-lifetime bad weather event. But as we can see, it's back again. So what's our plan?
The bottom line is that we want to give the race every chance to go ahead.
It takes a lot of effort to put it together, so we'd rather do it just the once. We plan to leave it as late as possible before we make any decision to postpone the race. In 2004, Athenry was covered in a blanket of snow on Christmas day, and the thoughts of a race going ahead 24 hours later seemed completely unrealistic. Fast-forward to the St Stephens day, and the whole country had warmed up a few degrees, and we had no issues whatsoever.
Last year, I watched weather forecasts like a hawk, and it looked like we would have a thaw in time for the race. We waited and we waited but it never came, so we pulled the plug at 8:30 am on St Stephens day.
It looks that that is exactly how we will progress this year. The met.ie 5 day forecast [at the time of writing] suggests the thaw will arrive in time. The Accuweather.co.uk site suggests the same. Let's hope they're right.
We are having a course inspection at 3pm on Christmas Day. If there is NO chance of the race going ahead, we will postpone the race then. If there is ANY chance of the race happening, we proceed as planned, and we will do a further inspection at 8am on St Stephen's day morning.
If we do postpone, we will update this website straight away, and send texts and emails to all registered participants.
IF we do postpone, our refixed date will be Bank Holiday Monday 3rd January, 11:00am.