Originally started in 1978 the Powley (an area in the hills surrounding Castlecomer) men decided, while playing cards, on St Stephen's day (Boxing day for British readers) to run off the Christmas excess by having a race over a cross country circuit. Not being the type of men that would be caught dead in a pair of Nike's or Addidas runners, let alone actually own a pair, the most obvious foot wear for this type of event was, yes you guessed it, WELLINGTONS.
Now the less said about the amount of alcohol that had been consumed prior to this momentous decision the better but the history books will record that Paddy Phelan became the winner of the first ever Wellington race.
1981 is a year remembered for many events (More about 1981 is available in another part of the site) but without a doubt the most sensational event was the Powley men bringing the Wellington race to 'comer (an affectionate abbreviation for the town of Castlecomer). Following an offer by local publican Jim Bollard to offer a perpetual cup to the winner.
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Ok lads its time to get down to business. Unfortunately our nine week training program will have to be crammed into 8 weeks as I slipped a disc last week fetching my special Wellie Race Wellies with the go faster stripes down from the cupboard that I keep them in in-between races. I over stretched and next thing I knew I was in so much pain that I felt like I had been flattened by a train. I had to lie down immediately and couldn't move for days, so let that be a lesson to you the first thing we have to do in our revised 8 week program get your Wellies ready for New Year's Day. New or old, black or green, full length or turned down you've got to "Pimp Your Wellies". To achieve this first important step in the training program you will need a number of items. A pair of preferably Green Wellies (easier to decorate) Available in Rowe's Hardware or Country Life A range of permanent markers in different colours. Available in Holohan's Gift Centre or The Book Shop Transfers, optional Tinsel or other accessories Glitter
Now this is not a time to be conservative. Let your creativity flow, bring your personality to the Wellies and let them shine. If your Wellies look the part then you will be the part. For hints and idea's look at the links we will post in the coming days. Next week, "The Wellie Race Plan", a new weight loss program guaranteed to shift those stubborn pounds until then keep up your training and repeat to yourself in the mirror every morning "I will be a Wellie Champion"
All serious competitors realise the importance of diet when preparing for an event. In the Powley Vale we feel likewise. Your body is after all a temple and should be respected as such. A balanced diet is important with all the main food groups included, porridge, bacon and cabbage, semolina and Guinness are all essential to get yourself into peak physical condition. So le ts look at a range of options for each meal during the week.
Take a trip down memory lane...
January 1 st The First Wellington race takes place in Castlecomer
Greece Joins the EEC
January 5 th Yorkshire ripper arrested
February 2 nd Proceeds of first race distributed.
February 9 th US rocker singer Bill Halley dies.
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