Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Reminder...The summer season of road races in Cork starts next Wednesday in Ballintotis

Monday, April 14, 2014

Reminder...The summer season of road races in Cork starts next Wednesday in Ballintotis

From the organisers of the Ballintotis 4 mile race....The Ballintotis 4 Mile Road Race which takes place on this Wednesday evening April 16th at 8pm begins what is a hugely busy season of summer road races in Cork.  Last year 834 runners went to the start line in Ballintotis, making it one of the biggest 4 mile events in Munster.  The local committee are again looking forward to welcoming another large gathering to this picturesque venue which is located on the shores of Loughaderra lake,  just off the N25 between Castlemartyr and Midleton.

To facilitate participants, entries for the race will be open on this Tuesday evening from 5pm to 7pm at Ballintotis Community Centre, whilst entry desks will also open from 1pm onwards on Wednesday afternoon.

A non competitive walk also takes place beginning at 6.30pm.  Entry fee for both the race and the walk is 10 euro per person with each participant receiving a souvenir
 t shirt.

A generous prize list is on offer for the race including prizes for the top 6 men and top 6 ladies overall and 3 prizes in all categories.  The top prize for the first man and first lady across the finish line is 1 year free membership at the magnificent Castlemartyr Resort Leisure Centre.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – HERE’S SOME ANSWERS   ( Contact Race Co Ordinators on 086-8778182 for all other Enquiries etc.)

Car Parks...There are three main Car Parks for runners and walkers. Car Park B is located on the N25 at the Ballintotis Junction on the Midleton side of Loughaderra Lake.  Car Parks A and C are located on the side road, just off the N25 on the Castlemartyr side of the Lake. (These may change subject to weather conditions). Please follow the advice of the Gardai and Stewards at all times.
Entry Desks...Entry Desk located in Main Hall of Community Centre – Open from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday and from 1pm onwards on Race Day.. Entry Fee is 10 euro. Please enter via the side door of the hall.
Tee Shirts...Each competitor will receive a free t shirt. These can be collected by leaving the hall after entering and proceeding to the collection in front of the Church.
Changing Facilities...A Marquee is located on the green adjacent to Church Car Park.  Physiotherapists from Midleton Holistic Centre will provide pre and post race advice and physio to runners.
Toilets...Toilets are located in the Church Car Park area and in the Community Centre.
Race Start/Finish...The race begins at 8pm sharp – the start line is approx 200meters from Church on way to Main Road.  The finish line is in front of the Church.
Water...Bottled water will be available immediately after the race.
Refreshments...Refreshments will be served after the race in the Community Centre. Please enter the Community Centre via the front door after the race. – A second marquee has been erected this year next to the Community Centre where runners can mingle after receiving their refreshments.
Prize Giving...Prize giving will take place in the Main Hall after the race at approx 9.30pm.
Spot Prizes...Runners should check the back of their race number to see if it includes a “spot prize winner’ label. If you are winner, please collect your prize from the stage area in the hall after the race.
Walk...The walk begins at 6.30pm sharp.  Entries will be taken in the Community Centre from 5.30pm onwards. Check the back of your number to see if you win a spot prize – these can be claimed at the stage in Community Centre after the race. Your souvenir tee shirt can be collected immediately after you enter from the collection point in front of the Church.  Refreshments served for all walkers from approx 7.50pm in Community Centre.

More information in this earlier post including a course preview.

Also a note.....if you take anything away from the notes above then it's the time! Get there early...allow loads of time for parking, entering, warming up and getting to the start line. Sunset is about 8:32pm and the race really needs to start on time.


Shane said...

I may be wrong but I seem to recall last year the start was left off in waves?

Is that right? Is there chip timing to account for that?

Anonymous said...

Last year the start was zoned which helped reduce the congestion at the start of the previous years race. There is no chip timing.

Really looking forward to the run tonight, weather is perfect and a big crowd is expected!