Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Preview of the Greenville 5k road race, Carrigtwohill - Wed 5th Sept 2012

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Preview of the Greenville 5k road race, Carrigtwohill - Wed 5th Sept 2012

This brand new 5 km road race in Carrigtwohill is on Wednesday evening, the 5th of September 2012 at 7:30pm. As such, it is the last evening race of the year and it will be April 2013 before we see the next one.  

Located just15 kms east of Cork City, it should be of interest to a lot of runners. The course has been properly measured with a Jones Counter and has an AAI licence (12/459). All proceeds from the race go to the Cork Association for Autism. The entry fee will be €10 (OAP/Unwaged/Students - €7).

Directions......The race will take place on the roads to the north of the town of Carrigtwohill. Race headquarters is Greenville House and entries will be taken there. Please note that there are some road works at the bridge near Greenville House. The preferred way to get there is via Cobh Cross to the west of Carrigtwohill...then turn left at Dennehy's (shown below in course preview)....and then right at the crossroads. Parking is available near Greenville House so follow the directions on the night.

Trains.......Greenville House is located just north of the new railway station in the town. For anyone that doesn't want to drive, then the train is a viable alternative. These are the times of the trains from Cork to Midleton...(Note that Carrigtwohill is roughly half-way between Cork and Midleton so adjust times accordingly. Greenville house is only a 500m walk from the train station)
Cork to Midleton
Midleton to Cork

Headphones.......Please note that there are no headphones allowed in this race.

Prizes...First 1, 2, 3 male and female, over 40, 45s, 50, 55s, 60s 1,2,3 male and female.

Course........Some of you may recognise from the map that parts of the course are the same as the old Stryker 4 mile race that used to be a regular fixture on the race calendar before.

The race starts near the entrance to Greenville House....

.......and then heads north, slightly uphill and left around the corner and then west. From here, the road flattens out....
 .....and pretty soon begins to drop off again. This is a really quiet part of the course and probably one of the fastest sections. At around 0.8 miles, you turn left at the crossroads and head back in towards Carrigtwohill. The roads around here are now essentially flat except for where there is a bridge over the railway near the one mile mark...
After this short pull, it's back down on to flat roads again until you come out on the main road into the town around 1.5 miles...

From here, you run into towards the centre of Carrigtwohill with a slight uphill section along the way. In the town centre, you come to the 2 mile mark and you will then take a left on to a narrow road...

From here, you are into the final mile of the race. It's flat as you pass the church.....

....and then there is another short pull as the road crosses over the railway again (there are some road works here but should be ok for runners to pass through). The course then proceeds to go up past where the race started near Greenville House and finishes on the back road...a slightly tough finish to the race. should be a reasonably fast course. There are a few hills but they are pretty short and minor as opposed to anything prolonged. Considering it's the last evening evening race of the season then it's as good a reason as any for going. Just note the start time...7:30pm

Refreshments and prize giving will be in Greenville House after the race. Proceeds from this race are going towards the Cork Association for Autism. The finish line and results will be done by Ballycotton Running Promotions.

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