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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Preview of the Cork BHAA 'Novartis' 5 km Road Race - Wed 5th Aug (8pm)
This 5 km road race takes place at 8pm on Wednesday evening, the 5th of August. Registration is in the Novartis plant and the start and finish points are just outside the entrance. This is exactly the same route as the Cork BHAA IPS/Garda 5k back in May except that the start and finish points are at different point on the loop.

Directions...If you are not sure of where to go, then just follow the signs for the car ferry from Cork city. As you enter Ringaskiddy, take the first right and go up the hill. The Novartis plant is about 1 km up this road on the right.

Registration....There will be 2 entry desks as for registered runners (€5) and one for non-registered (€7). As always, it will help to get there as early as possible, especially considering that the weather forecast looks ok and there should be a big turnout.

Course details...This is a hilly 5 km race yet it seems to produce some fast times. The start and finish are more or less in the same spot just outside the Novartis plant. The first mile is probably the fastest with an overall fall of ground to the 1 mile mark. The 2nd mile is a long drag all the ways up that hill by Pfizers and Shanbally. The 3rd mile has a bit of starts with a pull up out of Shanbally, then a downhill section and then finishes halfway up a steep hill. Beyond the 3 mile mark, the final 150 metres or so is a tough pull and the finish line is just beyond the end of the climb.

For a closer look at the course, check out this link...

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