Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Looking ahead to the Ballintotis 4 mile road race...Thurs 18th Apr 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Looking ahead to the Ballintotis 4 mile road race...Thurs 18th Apr 2013

After a long wait, the unofficial start of the summer racing season begins with the Ballintotis 4 mile road race on Thursday, the 18th of April. Ballintotis is just to the west of the town of Castlemartyr and is just a 15 minute drive from the Jack Lynch Tunnel.


Here is the latest info from the organisers....
A few slight changes from last year
1 Car parks exact location uncertain yet due to weather - see comment below
2 Refreshments and prizes inside in Community Centre this year - not in Car Park
3 Spot prizes - can be claimed afterwards inside - spot prizes winners identified on back of numbers - no roll call afterwards!

Entry Desks...BALLINTOTIS ENTRIES As mentioned already, you can enter for the Ballintotis 4-mile race at Ballintotis Community Centre on Wednesday evening between 5:30pm and 7pm and on the day of the race, next Thursday, from 1pm onwards. Just a few points to speed up the process:

1) Entry fee is €10, try and have the correct amount ready
2) There will be a number of entry desks in the hall, it doesn’t matter which one you go to. Remember – this is NOT a BHAA race so there is no need to give company name, etc.
 3) Just provide the following information: first and second name; AAI club, if applicable. If not a member of a club just give you area (i.e. Cork/Blarney/Youghal); your age category (see below).
 4) If entering more than one person, write the names on the back of the numbers to avoid mixing them up.
 5) Wear the number on the FRONT of your clothing, attached with four safety pins. Age categories are as follows: senior men and women (M/F); age categories in five-year groups from M40 (over 40) to M70 (over 70) and F35 (over 35) to F65 (over 65). Also junior men and women (MJ/FJ) which is under 20 on December 31st next.

Start Line...Please note we will have zoned time areas at the start line - we will be encouraging all runners to please take up their correct position.  Runners will be advised to approach the start line early and follow the directions of the stewards.  We will have a separate public address system in operation at the start line. With another big entry expected it is in the interests of all runners that they begin the race in the correct zone.  This will help runners in all sectors of the field. By co-operating you will add to the enjoyment of the race for everybody.

Parking...The advice regarding parking is simple - please follow the directions of the Gardai and Stewards at all times.  There will be a number of car parks again in operation this year, but with such mixed weather recently these may vary depending on rainfall.

Race Information...More details of the race are available by calling 086-8778182.

Finally, wishing you all a pleasant visit to Ballintotis, where incidentally a camera crew from Setanta Sports will be on duty to capture the occasion and follow the fortunes of local Ballintotis Fit4Life Club member MaryAnne Murphy who is taking part in the "Get Off The Couch" Series which will be aired later this year.

LATEST NEWS.......Irish Olympian Sonia O'Sullivan has also confirmed that she will be running in the race.

More info on the race in an earlier post.

Details about the T-Shirts HERE

Preview of the course HERE

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