RunIreland.com the Galway owned, popular running and sports web site has been awarded an Eircom Spider Award. The website which allows clubs, charities and individuals to promote and manage the on-line entry for sports events has become a huge success in athletics and triathlon circles. The Eircom Spiders Awards are an annual event honouring Irish individuals and organisations for their outstanding achievements online and celebrating the successes of the Irish internet and digital media.
The awards not only reward Irish businesses and community organisations but also individuals for their creativity and innovation. The Eircom Spiders provide an important opportunity to recognise and showcase online excellence and are considered an important benchmark for distinction and merit in web-based business strategies.
The RunIreland web site was created by swimming and triathlon coach, Sebastien Locteau from Athenry and Connemarathon Race Organiser and local business man, Ray O'Connor. Both keen sports enthusiasts, Sebastien has several Iron Man accolades and Ray has notched up 115 Marathons.
'Working with our web agency Proactive Design and Marketing, we used the technology that we developed for the Connemara Marathon and expanded it to allow other races to benefit from our learning curve. It essentially means that smaller races can create their own Web Page free of charge and larger events use the site to gain exposure. RunIreland gets 400.000 absolute unique visitors a year. ' says Ray O'Connor.
The forums on the site are very popular and have helped to create an informative and interesting on-line community, Sebastien's on-line coaching advice along with articles from nutritionists, sports personalities and physiotherapists keeps visitors coming back. 'We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award,' says Sebastien, 'we love RunIreland - it's more like a hobby than work for us and we're so pleased to be nominated in this category as it means that our users love the site too. That said, we need all the votes we can get as we are up against some stiff competition so please vote!'.