Red to green and the races go

    GOWRAN hearts may be red to the core but on November 18 they’ll be going green for the seventh running of the Stook 10 mile and 5km road races.

    The council wasted no time in supporting and guiding this well known AAI certified club road race now in its seventh year to go green. 

    With upwards of 800 competitors it is a fantastic opportunity to raise environmental awareness and also lessen the environmental footprint of the event through greening initiatives.

    Mary Cashin, Assistant Environmental Awareness Officer advised that on race day the hydration stations will have reusable cups instead of individual plastic bottles, eliminating the use of single use plastics which is a first for this event.

    “Supported by Kilkenny County Council through LAPN funding these cups will be supplied by Refill.ie. 

    Key to this sponsorship arrangement with Refill.ie is that up to 1,500 reusable cups will be available to other event organisers in Kilkenny, for free, subject to terms and conditions. 

    “This initiative maximises the sponsorship and further reduces the need for single use plastic bottles/cups at other events reducing the cumulative impact.

    Organisers of events who wish to avail of the reusable cups should contact Refill.ie for further information”.

    The Stook 10 Committee has embraced a range of greening initiatives.

    These include pre-race clean up of the entire route collecting 40 kg of waste from the roadside and post race use of compostable cups.

    Bins signage to encourage correct segregation of waste.

    Competitors are encouraged to bring their own reusable bottle/cup and cycle or organise to carpool to the event.