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Monday, December 06, 2010

Looking ahead to the Munster Ten-Mile Spring Classics Series...

One of the main events in the road race calendar every year is the Munster Ten-Mile Spring Classics Series. This consists of four 10 mile road races....The Mallow '10', the Dungarvan '10', the Ballycotton '10' and the Kilnaboy '10' in Co.Clare.

While the open entries for the Ballycotton '10' has now closed and is only open to qualifying runners for a limited time, the Mallow '10' is coming up on the 9th of January.

This time, the organisers Mallow AC are going back to the old course that they used 2 years ago...starting near the garage on the Cork road and finishing in the town near the co-op.

The Mallow '10' has a reputation as a fast accurate course and many people post their fastest time of the races series there.
Other changes are the use of chip timing and the introducton of pacers for 60, 70 and 80 minutes which is a novel feature for a 10 mile road race. I have never heard of pacers before in a race of this distance so it will be interesting to see how that works out.

They are gearing up for big numbers this year and expect close to 1,000 runners to take part. The entry fee is €15 and you can enter online HERE

It really helps the organisers if you can enter ahead of time. If you're not sure whether you can make it then you also have the option of entering on the day for €20.

More info below from Paudie Birmingham of Mallow AC...
One of the first races of the 2011 race calendar is the KOSTAL Ireland Mallow 10 Mile Road Race. This year it takes place on the 09th of January at 12:30pm.

This is the first race of the John Buckley Sports/Munster Ten-Mile Spring Classics Series. Details of the series can be found at
2011 sees Mallow AC introduce chip timing and online entry for this classic distance. Further details found on The cost for the race this year will be €20 but you can avail of the cheaper price of €15 by entering online at
On the day registration and number collection for those that entered online will be in the Mallow Youth Centre on the morning of the race from 10.30am. The Registration point, start line and the finish area are in 3 different parts of the town. A map of the 3 areas and details how to find us will be published on the event facebook page and mallow AC webpage closer to the date. There will be ample parking in the vicinity of the Mallow Youth Centre.
Mallow AC have also set up an event webpage so runners can get the latest info on the build up to this race. The page can be found on facebook by searching for “Mallow 10 mile road race”
This year will see the introduction of race pacers for the first time. Race pacers will be running 60, 70 & 80 minute times. Details on how to identify the pacers will be published closer to the date.
The 2011 course will be the same as the 2009 course. This will remove the upward rise onto the main road between the 9 and 10 mile mark in 2010 course.
The 2011 course is a relatively flat course with only a few small drags. The course is a mix between an urban and rural route. Basically the first 5.5 miles are around mallow town with the following 3.5 miles on quite country roads before returning to the town of Mallow for the final mile to the finish.
Details of the course can be found on the following map my run link.
There will be a €500 bonus if the course record is broken.
Time to break for men is 49:40 set by Gerry Ryan and women 58:47 set by Niamh O'Sullivan.
The other prizes line up as follows
First Five (200,150,100, 75, 60 Euro)
1st, 2nd, 3rd, - Over 40 (50,40,30 Euro)
1st, 2nd, 3rd, - Over 45 - as above
1st, 2nd, 3rd, - Over 50 - as above
1st, 2nd, - Over 55 - as above
1st, - Over 60, 65, 70, Junior (50 Euro)
First Five (200,150,100, 75, 60 Euro)
1st, 2nd,3rd - Over 35 (50,40, 30 Euro)
1st, 2nd,3rd - Over 40 - as above
1st, 2nd,3rd - Over 45 - as above
1st, - Over 50, 55, 60, Junior (50 Euro)
Remember for the latest information on this race and all other races in the Cork and Munster region please check out the following pages regularly.
Lastly remember to enter online for the cheapest entry fee and follow us on facebook.
Thank you
Mallow AC


Anonymous said...

Great idea to have pacers, this will help a lot of runners achieve their goals....I think 90 min pacers would also be a good idea.

John Dunphy said...

As i have no interest next year in the 10 mile series,ill be more than happy to be a 90 minute pacer John.ill get in touch with Paudie on it.

John Dunphy
Eagle A.C.