So far, I have put up 2 previous posts about this event..........one on the 20th of Aug and one on the 1st of Sept and both attracted a number of comments. Some people have expressed an interest in doing one of the events, some obviously not ;o)
The race organisers have now launched their website for the event and we can put some 'meat on the bones' so to speak and see exactly what is on offer.
The full Marathon seems to be mainly on country roads to the south-west of Clonakilty and part of it takes in some coastal roads. It certainly doesn't look like a flat fast route! It would seem to be more of a scenic type Marathon with some 'challenging' hills ;o) Indeed if you look at the route profile below, there would seem to be a good steep climb between miles 17 and 19.
How many runners is the Marathon likely to attract? It's very hard to predict. It doesn't look like a fast course so it probably won't attract those going for personal best times. It's on in the middle of December and if the weather is wet and windy, it will be a very exposed spot. Yet despite that, it is still a Marathon and the Marathon is the ultimate distance for a lot of people and they will travel long distances to do them. If the weather is nice....i.e. a nice cold sunny winter morning with blue skies then this Marathon has the potential to be a really stunning one.
The full Marathon route can be seen HERE
The Half-Marathon follows much the same route as the Marathon except that it doesn't get as far as the south coast. Around the 8.5 mile mark, the routes split as the Half-Marathon heads back towards Clonakilty. Again there are a few pulls but nothing as demanding as the Marathon.
The Half Marathon route can be seen HERE
10 Fun Run......With a €25 entry fee, this one is going to be a hard sell. I was telling someone today about the events coming up in Clonakilty and that the fun run will cost €25 to enter. The reply that I got was that they could think of better ways to have fun with €25 :o)
I guess people will have to see whats on offer and make up their own mind. The route map is HERE
............and finally, the website for all 3 events is HERE