Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Notice...Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k, Macroom - Wed 24th June 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Notice...Daniel Kingston Memorial 5k, Macroom - Wed 24th June 2015

This 5k charity run is coming up in Macroom on Wednesday evening the 24th of June 2015 at 8pm.

Proceeds from the event go towards Cork Cancer Support House.

In previous years, this was part of the Cork BHAA series of races and it will be run this year as a stand alone event over the exact same course.

You can pre-enter this race for €11.50 or you can enter on the evening for €10. The event will be chip timed.

Race HQ is at the Macroom Sports Complex which is just inside the Macroom castle gates.

Please note that there is limited parking there. Follow the race stewards instructions on the night on where to park.

Course Preview.........A full preview with maps, directions, photos, etc can be seen HERE

From the organisers.....The race starts at the beginning of the town from the Cork side by Macroom Motors. The 5 km route takes you through the town and looping through the countryside and back to town with the finish in the town centre.  This is the 6th year of the race which has grown from strength to strength in the last few years.  Last year over 900 participated in the run/walk.

Register online (€10 + Transaction fee) or on the evening of the event at Macroom Sports Complex (€10). You will need to collect your bib number (included the chip timing) on the night of the event at Macroom Community Leisure Complex between 6.15pm and 7.45pm.

Plenty refreshments are provided in the Sports Complex after the race along with the prize giving.  All additional proceeds go to Cork Arc Cancer Support House

Support this great event and the excellent work by Cork Arc Cancer Support


Unknown said...

I'm a bit fascinated with the idea of pre-registering and it costing you MORE. Ballintotis was similar. I can see the benefit to the organizers to get an idea of what kind of numbers are coming, but where's the benefit to the runner who would still need to collect their number on the evening?

Anonymous said...

Would be a bit daft for any runner to register online, considering it will cost you more and will still end up doing the same as everyone else...

Really it should be cheaper to pre-reg to encourage this method

John Desmond said...

One of the big issues for any race organiser is trying to handle the sheer volume of entries in the hour before the race. If the numbers are big then the smallest thing can cause delays.

Organisers like to have as many people pre-registered as possible as it takes the pressure off the entries on the night. People just walk in, give their name and collect their number. Everything like name, club, date of birth, etc has been looked after.

It tends to work well only if the entry fee is high or there are a limited number of places. If it's say a half-marathon, it might be €35 on the day or €30 online beforehand.

When the fee is only is only €10 then it's not so easy to charge say €15 on the night as this might hit numbers. They don't have much choice and you're right, it is an anomaly. A lot of race organisers face the same dilemma.

Some will absorb the extra online transaction fee themselves but in the case of a charity event, that means less money is raised.

Graham said...

Balintotis this year was a classic example of the Kevin's first comment. Having pre reg'd myself costing €1 more the queue was longer than the on the night reg. This was 1 HR before the gun. Seemed they didn't cater at all for the online people in regards to a speedy process thus negating the purpose of it. I had 3 fellow runners reg on the night faster than I collected my pre reg'd number. It's hit and miss in fairness but with over 1000 turning up they do a fantastic job considering. It's really only worth it, as John said, on races exceeding €20 or so or on higher profile limited numbered races.

Anonymous said...

The chip timing companies pass on the payment handling charges to the runners pre-registering for events like this. Family run races raising money for charity are quite rightly not going to absorb the charge so leave it to the runners discretion as to whether to pre-register or register on the night. I'm sure they would much prefer you register on the night and donate the 1.50 you save to a very worthy charity