Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Race notice...John Hartnett 10k road race - Sun 12th Aug 2012

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Race notice...John Hartnett 10k road race - Sun 12th Aug 2012

This 10k road race is coming up on Sunday, the 12th of August at 7pm. Please note that this is a change from the original time of 12 noon that had been planned originally.

Accurate course measured by Jones Counter
10km flat fast course...marked at each km point.
Entry fee €10
€100 for first male and female across the line, €50 for second, €25 for third plus T-shirts,
T-shirts for first two male and female in 0-40, 0-50 and 0-60,
One water stop.
Showers available at the GAA grounds.
Registration from 5.30pm in community hall. Parking in GAA pitch, approx 200m from start line. Refreshments and presentation of prizes in the Community Hall after the race.

Ballyhooly is located just 9 kms west of Fermoy on the N72 road to Mallow. Considering that it's reasonably close to the M8 motorway and it's a flat fast 10k, it might be of interest to people wishing to try for a personal best time.

The main N72 road passes through Ballyhooly taking two sharp bends in the process. Parking is at the GAA grounds. The start and finish of the race are near the church. After race presentation of prizes at the community hall.

The race take in a 10 km loop to the north of Ballyhooly on mostly quiet country roads. Any pulls are very modest and short. The course has real potential for setting very fast times.

This is the Community Hall on the western side of Ballyhooly. This is the view as if you were coming from Castletownroche or Mallow. The GAA grounds are left at the T-junction whereas the main road takes a sharp right.

This is the opposite side of the corner as shown in the picture for the Community Hall. The start and finish is near the church as shown above. Parking is at the GAA grounds.

John Hartnett.......
John Harnett is a former Irish International runner who held several Irish records back in the 70's. He also represented Ireland at the 1972 Munich Games. He grew up near Ballyhooly and ran with Grange Fermoy AC before taking up a scholarship in the US with Villanova.

Notable races...
1970 : International Junior Cross Country Champion
1972 : Ran the 5,000 metres in a time of 13m 43.4s to set a new Irish record
1972 : Represented Ireland in the 5,000 metres in the Munich Olympic games
1973 : June - Ran the mile in a time of 3m 54.7s setting a new Irish record which at the time was faster than the British record!
1974 : Set a new Irish record for the 1,500 metres with a time of 3m 38.1s

John Hartnett currently resides in Marleton, New Jersey, USA. John will be present next Sunday for the presentation of the prizes.

1) Background on John Harnett's athletic career.....HERE
2) Unveiling of John Harnett plaque in Ballyhooly in Sept 2008.......HERE

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