Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Preview of the Dunmanway 10 km road race - Sun 20th June 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Preview of the Dunmanway 10 km road race - Sun 20th June 2010

Coming up this weekend, we have a number of road races. On Friday evening, there is the 4th race in the Ballyhoura Active Summer Series with a 10 km race in Cappamore in East Limerick at 8pm. In Ring in West Waterford at 8pm, there is a 6 mile race with roughly 4 miles on the road and 2 miles off-road.

The main race in Cork this weekend however is the new 10 km road race in Dunmanway in West Cork.

Here is some info from the organisers......

Dunmanway10k 2010 Preview
If you are coming from the Cork City direction, the easiest way to get to Dunmanway is to take the N71 heading west for Bandon.  Go straight through the roundabout in Bandon and at the next T junction take a right onto the R586, signposted for Dunmanway.  Drive over the bridge and take a left after the bridge, also signposted for Dunmanway.  Follow this road all the way to Dunmanway. 
As you drive through Dunmanway, pass the Topaz filling station on your left. Take the next left and bypass the town. Keep driving along the bypass until you come to a junction. Take a left at this junction. As you drive along this street, the Parkway Hotel is located on your left as the main road turns sharply to the left.  The race HQ at the GAA grounds is located close to here and you will be directed to parking.  Further directions and maps are on the Dunmanway10k website.  Look out for the fluorescent green signs on the day to help direct you to the race HQ!

The entry fee on the day is €10 but you can pre-register online for the reduced entry fee of €8.  You can pay either entry fee on the day at the designated table.  Proceeds from the race are going towards CoAction West Cork.  The race will start at 2:00pm sharp with entries being taken from 12:00 at the GAA pavilion.

The race itself is mainly on quiet country roads and follows a scenic route, which crosses the Bandon River at “Ballabuidhe Bridge” close to the original site of the famous Ballabuidhe annual horse fair, approaching the halfway point. It is a relatively fast course with no major hills until the very end of the race which will result in a tough but interesting finish!  There will be a water station around the halfway point.  Further details are on the Dunmanway10k website.

Refreshments & Prizes:
Refreshments will be served in the GAA pavilion after the race. There will be prizes for the first 5 men and women home, the top 2 in the usual veteran categories for men and women along with prizes for the first wheelchair athlete, junior male & female and local male & female home.

The race is aimed at both the novice runner and the seasoned athlete.  With a large number of local runners already pre-registered, we hope to introduce these runners to the booming road running scene in Cork and get everybody’s pulse racing in the heart of West Cork on the 20th of June!

For a better look at the location and course, have a look at the MapMyRun website.

For a closer look at the course, have a look at the race website

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