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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Preview of the Churchtown South 5 Mile Road Race - Thurs 23rd of July (8pm)
The 3rd race in the Ballycotton Summer series takes place next Thurdsay evening, the 23rd of July at 8pm. Last year, they got 323 runners for this race. With the high numbers at present, I'd expect that they will get close to 400 for this one.

Directions...If you are new to the local race scene, try the following route. From Cork, take the usual route to Ballycotton (R629...shown above in Yellow). When you get to the centre of Cloyne, the main road takes a 90 degree left. You need to take the turn off which is straight ahead past the old round tower. Just stay on this road (...shown above in Orange), follow the signposts for Ballycotton and you will end up in Churchtown South. Once you get there, follow the stewards instructions regarding parking.

Entries...The event centre for this race is the small community hall which is located next to the road junction on the Cloyne side of the village.

Here is a note from the organisers regarding entries...
A total of 279 have run in both races so far - 202 men and 77 women.
The race number signifies your overall position in the Series after two races. For men, No 1 is the overall leader and so on down to number 202.
The women start at 301 and go down to 377. There will be two tables as in Shanagarry, one for numbers 1 to 150; the other for numbers 151 to 202 (men) and 301 to 377 (women).
A few lists will be displayed as usual for people to check their numbers before approaching the tables.
For new entrants (this includes those who might have ran one of the two races) there will be two extra tables taking entries as normal.
Entry fee €5, people might try and have the correct amount.
Weather permitting, we will have a field for parking. The quickest route is straight through Cloyne and follow the black and yellow arrows. Please arrive early so that the race can start on time.

For anyone who did the first two races, you can find you overall time and placing HERE.

Course...It is roughly 2 laps of a 2.5 mile course. When you run the course, you would think that it should be a fast course as there seem to be very few hills. However, while there are no obvious steep hills like Ballyandreen or Shanagarry, there are some long drags in it which have the same net effect. For my money, it is as tough a course as either of the first two in the series.

If you want to have a look at the course or see where Churchtown South is, click on the following link....

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