Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Preview of the Newmarket to Kanturk 5 Mile Road Race - Sun 19th Dec (2pm)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Preview of the Newmarket to Kanturk 5 Mile Road Race - Sun 19th Dec (2pm)

This race has a reputation of being one of the fastest 5 mile courses that there is with a slight fall of ground most of the way. Last year, they got 131 entries which was well down on the almost 200 entries of 2009.
Getting there........The hardest part of the race is probably trying to find Newmarket!! The easiest route if you are coming from Cork City is probably to head towards Mallow and go left at the roundabout on the main road and head towards Killarney. Just look for signposts for the turn off right for Kanturk.

Once you get to Kanturk, you come to a main junction and the signpost for Newmarket is about as clear as mud! Don't take the left here! You need to go straight ahead. You pass a garage and you should pass the finish point of the race on your right. 5 miles later, you come to Newmarket.

Entries........Entries will be taken at Hourigans Bar , New Street. This is in the middle of the town. As you come into the town, go straight up a slight hill and take the next right. It's there on the left. Entries for the race cost €10. Proceeds go to the Motor Neuron Association. A Fun Walk over the same course will commence at 1.30. Usual Prizes in all categories. Further details from Donie Shine 086-8149970, Ger Murphy 029-60719, Jerry Twomey 086-8050821
Course.......You basically start in Newmarket, run the 5 miles to Kanturk. Although this can be a busy road, there is a hard shoulder for a large part of it and the road itself is reasonable wide. After you finish, the organisers provide a bus to take all runners back to Newmarket. Alternatively, you can go for a 5 mile warm down ;o)

As you can see from the map, there is a gentle downhill incline for most of the race. Should be a fast one.

For a closer look, the route is up on the MapMyRun website.
Weather....Note that this course is on high ground and is well inland so ice may be a problem. If in doubt, contact the organisers to confirm before you travel.

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