Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Preview of the Churchtown South 5 mile road race - Thurs 28th July 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Preview of the Churchtown South 5 mile road race - Thurs 28th July 2011

This is the 3rd race of 4 in the Ballycotton Summer Series and is sure to attract a very large crowd.

Directions...If you are new to the local race scene, try the following route. From Cork, take the usual route to Ballycotton (R629...shown above in Orange). When you get to the crossroads in the centre of Cloyne...

.......the main road takes a 90 degree left. You need to take the turn off which is straight ahead past the old round tower. Just stay on this road (...shown above in red dots). At one stage, you will come to what appears like a fork but you will see that the main road is to the left. Keep on the main route and  you will end up in Churchtown South. Once you get there, follow the stewards instructions regarding parking.......(The parking this year will be in a large field just before the community hall)

Entries...The event centre for this race is the small community hall which is located next to the road junction as shown above.

All those who ran the first two races in the Summer Series (Ballyandreen and Shanagarry) are automatically entered for the Churchtown South ‘5’. If you look at the overall results after the first two races HERE, you should see what your race number will be.

On the night, a list of the names and numbers will also be displayed outside and inside the hall. Also, it saves a lot of time if you have the correct entry fee (which is again just €5) at the ready.

Runners who have not run both races (non-Series) can enter in the normal way at a separate table (fee again €5).

The race starts at 8pm and people are requested to arrive early in view of the large numbers expected.   

Course...It is essentially 2 laps of a 2.5 mile course. When you run the course, you would think that it should be a fast course as there seems to be very few hills. However, while there are no obvious steep hills like Ballyandreen or Shanagarry, there are some long drags in it which have the same net effect. For my money, it is as tough a course as either of the first two in the series.

As always, try to get there early (~7pm) to allow plenty of time for entering, warming up and getting to the start line.


Anonymous said...

Hi john,

Will there by shower facilities tonight?


John Desmond said...

No shower facilities. The community hall as you can see from the photo in the preview is very small.

Your best bet is to change into a tracksuit afterwards and have a shower when you get home.