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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Preview of the Eagle AC 5 mile Road Race (Carrigaline) - Sun 22nd Feb (11am)
This 5 mile road race takes place next Sunday, the 22nd of February at 11am in Carrigaline, just South of Cork City. It is on at just the right time, exactly 2 weeks before the Ballycotton 10. This race is a good test of your fitness before the big one and you have a full 2 weeks to recover.

Directions & Parking...See the map above. If you are coming from Cork (top of map), take the left at the 2nd roundabout as you enter the town. This is the relief road and you should see a signpost for Crosshaven. Go through the next major junction with traffic lights and take the first right into the car park.

Sign-On & Registration...Now this is important. Eagle AC have an online form so that you can pre-register if you want to and on the day, you just have to pay the entry fee and collect your number. You can avoid having to fill out forms. However.....they seem to have had some problems. See the following message..."If you pre-registered between 23:00 on Feb 3rd and 21:00 on Feb 10th, your registration disappeared into the net. We were unaware that the Registration portion of the site was down and no registrations were saved.
If you registered during this period, please register again."
Pre-registration will close on Saturday evening at 8pm.

Otherwise, you can just enter on the day as per usual. This takes place in the local community centre. It is only about 200 metres or so from the car park. Note that there is only limited car parking available near the community centre and parking on the main road is strictly forbidden. The entry fee is €8 with €2 of this going to a local charity.

If you are still not too sure about where the community hall is, click on this LINK. Make sure the 'MAP' option is selected and you can zoom in and out to get your bearings.

The Course...It's not the flatest of races with a few drags out along the course but nothing too bad. You start about 500 metres East of the Community Centre in a housing estate (When you come out of the community centre, turn right and follow everyone else to the start). The road is fairly wide at the start and by the time the runners reach the main road, the field should be well spread out. There is nothing special about the first 2 miles. It's pretty flat with a few tiny hills and you can expect your first mile time to be very fast. Note that the road here is not closed so watch out for any cars. Just before the 2 mile mark, you turn left into probably the most serious hill of the race which is about 400 metres long. It's not so bad if you take it handy. Then through 2 kinks in the road and down into the village of Shanbally. Left past the church, climb slightly and then fall downhill to the 3 mile mark, all inside the hard shoulder of the main road. At about 3.5 miles, you turn left off the main road and then you have the next climb. It's pretty short but enough to get you into trouble if you push too hard. Then you run downhill to the 4 mile mark which is in a hollow and then climb back out at the other side. This is the 3rd real hill in the race and the least serious. After that, nearly all of the running is flat or slightly downhill as you finish through the housing estates. After the last corner, which is a sharp left, the finish is about 70 metres away so you should see it in plenty of time. So overall, probably not a course for getting PB's but it's not too bad either. The 11am start is a good idea. It means people can go there, do the race, go home and still have the afternoon free.
If you want to have a closer look at the course, you can find it on the
MapMyRun website.

Other Info...The race page on the Eagle AC website can be found

The flyer for the race can be seen HERE.

Anyone who did this race last year will of course remember the 'Kettlegate' affair. We wait with bated breath to see what kind of post race entertainment will be provided this year ;o)


Anonymous said...

The Answer to "Kettlegate" is to shoot "Joe Roche" or leave him at home.
From an ex clubmate of his.

Anonymous said...

Come back Joe all is forgiven .It was NOT you after all. It was 1.30pm today when I left and they still had not the results out.They are trying to blame you and you were not even there today.Someone in Eagle cannot use the computer and its not you.Today proves your innocence.You are free to return.
"The Save Joe Roche Campaign"

Anonymous said...

Hey john, your obviously in the garage at the moment.When do you expect to pass NCT and get back on the road again!?

John Desmond said...

Post NCT...probably Ballycotton. The aul 'car' will get a good roasting then ;o)