Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Preview of the Shanagarry Christmas 5k...Sat 22nd Dec 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Preview of the Shanagarry Christmas 5k...Sat 22nd Dec 2012

The annual Shanagarry Christmas 5 km road race is coming up next Saturday, the 21st of December at 12 noon. Located just 20 or so miles from Cork City, it might of interest to anyone wanting to try a short local race just before Christmas.

This race is usually a pretty low key event with only about 60-80 runners taking part. There are no big prizes or anything like that, it's just a very simple 5k race which is usually held every year on the weekend just before Christmas day. The entry fee is usually just €3 and any proceeds go towards charity.

Location...The race starts and finishes in the village of Shanagarry in East Cork on the road between Midleton and Ballycotton. See the map above. Cloyne and Ballycotton are shown for reference.

Course...See map below. You start in Shanagarry, just outside the Church (or near the finish line in the 5 mile race if you know where that is).

You run back towards Cork, passing the garage and the road junction and after a pretty flat 1 km, you take a left.

You are now onto real quiet country roads until you re-join the road to Ballycotton at about the 2.5 mile mark. Then it's left, back into Shanagarry...

...right past the garage and the 3 mile mark and the finish is in the little dip just outside the GAA club.

Overall, the course is reasonably flat and there are no real hills to speak of.

If you want to have a closer look at the course, I have put the course up on the MapMyRun website. See HERE.
Weather....The current weather forecast is for a breezy mild day.

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