Preview of the Fermoy 5 Mile Road Race...Sun 13th July (1pm)
Sign on for this race is at the Fermoy Youth Centre which is right alongside the Blackwater River. It is organised by Grange Fermoy AC, the entry fee is €10 and all proceeds go to the Blackwater Sub Aqua Club. Parking is very limited near the centre although there is a public car park about 400 metres away in the centre of the town. Try this LINK to see where exactly the Youth Centre is.
Directions...If you are coming from Cork, turn off at Watergrasshill and take the old road into Rathcormac and Fermoy. Right in the centre of Fermoy at the main road juction with the traffic lights, you should see a sign for parking up to the right. Park up here and walk back towards the river and the leisure centre.
Course......The start and finish is outside the leisure centre. Mile 1 and 2...You run left over the main bridge (on the footpath), left at the next road junction and then left on the main Fermoy to Mallow road. It is one section where you need to be careful as the field will be bunched, the main road is busy and there can be plenty of pedestrians on the footpaths. Once you are on to the Mallow road, the field will begin to thin out. There are some small inclines on this road but I can't remember anything too serious. It's more of a gentle climb.
Mile 3...Probably the best mile of the course. It's nice to get off the main road and onto nice quiet country roads. Reasonably flat as well.
Mile 4...Back on to a reasonably busy road and there is a gradual fall as you head back towards the town.
Mile 5...A good drop at the start as you rejoin the main road again, back into the town, right over the bridge and the right towards the finish by the leisure centre.
Last year they got 82 entries. You can see the 2007 results here if you want to check your previous time.
If you want to have a closer look at the route, I have put it up on the MapMyRun website.