Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Race notice...Ballycotton 5 mile road race - Thurs 23rd Aug 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Race notice...Ballycotton 5 mile road race - Thurs 23rd Aug 2012

Coming up on Thursday evening, the Ballycotton 5 mile road race will be the 4th and last race in the Ballycotton Summer Series. There is one main thing to note here and it catches people every year........the race starts at 7:30pm

The basics........Getting there...
As you can see on the map above, the easiest way to get there from Cork City is via Midleton and Cloyne. If you are coming from the east then turn south at Castlemartyr and go via Ladysbridge.

As you approach the village, follow the stewards instructions for parking. Registration is at the local national school.

The distance from the parking area to the registration is about 800 metres (10 min walk). From the registration area to the start line is about 200 metres. So if you consider parking.....walking to the registration.....the queue to enter.....walk back to the car......walk back to the start........and the 7:30pm start, you can see how people get caught out.

Entries.......If you are under any pressure for time, then get changed first.....carry the entry fee of €6 in your hand.....and go straight to the start line after you register.

Please note that it speeds things up a lot if you have the exact entry fee ready. €1 of each entry fee is going to St.Vincent de Paul.

If you have taken part in the first 3 races then you can find your overall position HERE

You can find a list of race numbers in alphabetical order HERE

Local national school

Course..........The first 3 miles of this race are pretty easy as they are mostly slightly downhill or flat. The tough work comes in the last 2 miles. First of all, there is a short but steep hill just before the 3 mile mark which will almost certainly slow you down. At the top of the hill, you turn the corner and the 3 mile mark will be just there.
After that, it's mainly flat with some small bit of uphill and downhill running. The next hard section is after the 4 mile mark where you re-join the main road going back into Ballycotton. For any of you who have done the Ballycotton 10 road race, this is the famous hill around the 8.5 mile in that race. It's not that steep but it's about 400 metres long and gradually reduces in intensity. Once it flattens out, you'll have a nice run into the finish in the village.

Post Race...
If you have completed all 4 of the summer series......Ballyandreen, Shanagarry, Churchtown South and Ballycotton.......then you can collect a souvenier plaque near the finish line.

Back the school, there will be tea and biscuits as well as the prizegiving. The special t-shirts for the top 50 men and top 20 women in the overall series are handed out here.

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