Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Preview of the Cork BHAA 'Daniel Kingston' 5 km road race - Thurs 1st July 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Preview of the Cork BHAA 'Daniel Kingston' 5 km road race - Thurs 1st July 2010

Run under BHAA rules and sponsored by AIB, this is a new race to the BHAA calendar. The Daniel Kingston memorial 5km road race, takes place in Macroom on Thursday 1st July at 8pm. 

On the 10th of February 2009 Daniel Kingston sadly passed away after a long battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma aged only 25 years. Daniel grew up with his family in Macroom. Throughout his life he had a keen interest in participating and watching sports. He was a great fighter and always believed in the cure. His attitude remained positive throughout all his treatment. He used the facilities in ARC Cork Cancer Support House for support and guidance. Last year over 700 of Daniel's family, friends and extended friends took part in Cork City Marathon on 1st of June and others took part in a cycle from Malin to Mizen Head at the end of July raising €155,000 for ARC Cancer Support House here in Cork. 

Being the inaugural race, huge effort went into getting some spectacular prizes for this race making the race even more inviting. These include:
1st Prize Male - Weekend for two in the five star Killarney Park Hotel
1st Prize Female....Weekend for two in the five star Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Killarney.

Spot Prizes (based on lottery selection and open to all competitors on the night) include the following four star hotels :
Weekend for two in the International Hotel Killarney
Weekend for two in the Malton Hotel Killarney
Weekend for two in the Castle Hotel Macroom
Weekend for two in the Randles Court Hotel, Killarney.
There will also be prizes for the different categories as usual for BHAA races. 

Registration for the race (€5 for BHAA registered and €8 for non BHAA registered), refreshments and prize giving afterwards will take place at Macroom sports complex, which is located through the castle gates in the centre of the town.

The race itself is run through the town and also over country roads with some slight inclines/declines but if run well should produce some fast times.

The race start is on the Eastern side of the town at Toyota Garage. The 1st miles is run in a westerly direction through the centre of the town, with a fairly sharp downhill from the Castle, over the main bridge and take a right turn; a further right brings you onto a country road where the 1st mile finishes.

Mile 1 to 2 is predominantly on a slight decline and so should not pose too many problems. Mile 2 finishes on a small bridge beside an old mill.

After mile two, you take a further right and approach the only uphill section of the race. This hill can actually be seen on the right hand side by those driving into the town from the city side. It is a short hill and should not cause too much problems if you are pacing yourself well. This then brings you back again through the start and up through the town for the second time. At the 3 mile mark you will take a slight left to the finish of the race.

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