The big change this year is that there is a new route! See details below.
All proceeds go towards the charity Breakthrough Cancer Research and the local national school.
The entry fee is €21.20 which includes the online surcharge. The race will be chip timed and there is also a dry fit top for all entrants.
All of the information is on the race website... http://blackwater10mile.com/
You need to enter before the 14th of May to make sure you get the dry fit top.
The new route is shown above and the 2015/16 route is shown in red dots. The race takes in a loop of Clodulane first before heading up the N72. It now takes in the village of Coolagown before returning back the same route to Clondulane.
The profile of the old route is shown below. After the initial ascent, there was an extra 20m of climbing just after the 4 mile mark. This is where you turned left off the N72. You then lost all of that height advantage is the space of a mile. You then had several small drags over the last 3 miles.
With the new route shown below, the start is flatter. The ascent is still there but without the extra 20m climb as you turn right instead for Coolagown. The big change though is that there is a gradual descent which is spread out over about 2 miles which should make for a fast finish.
Overall, the new course this year should result in much faster times.