Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Notice...Rosscarbery Surf, Turf 'n' Tar Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 20th May 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Notice...Rosscarbery Surf, Turf 'n' Tar Half-Marathon & 10k - Sat 20th May 2017

This brand new Half-Marathon & 10k in Rosscarbery in West Cork is coming up on Saturday the 20th of May 2017.

As races go, this one looks pretty stunning as it takes in the roads, beaches, woods and coastal trails near the town.

Half-Marathon... Finisher medal & dry fit top... 9am start... €35

10km... Finisher medal & Buff... 9am start... €25

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The Race HQ is the Celtic Ross Hotel and bibs can be collected the night before on the 19th of May or from 7am the morning of the race. Both races start at 9am and are chip timed.

Post Race refreshments (apart from usual water & Fruit) will showcase local Rosscarbery Produce which will include Rosscarbery Recipes award winning Black Pudding , Bushby's Strawberries with Clona cream, Rosscarbery Seafood Deli famous fishcakes - After Race Refreshments Rosscarbery Style.

The Celtic Ross are offering full use of the Leisure Facilities to all participants after the race and there will be a number of Physical Therapists on site to offer a mini rub down for those who'd like to avail.

More info below from the organisers...

New Unique Running Event, Rosscarbery Surf, Turf ‘n’ Tar, takes place Saturday May 20th 2017.

This is the first year of a unique, multi terrain race offering participants two distances... a 10k and Half Marathon. Set in beautiful Rosscarbery and surrounding area, participants are offered a unique running experience over beach, road, forest and trails.

The Race : Both races start at 9am om May 20 th down the Pier Road (across from Celtic Ross Hotel), participants cross over the estuary via a pontoon, onto the Warren Beach, the first of three beaches! The races then proceed over the newly re-surfaced cliff walk into Owenahincha, where participants will run through Owenahincha and make their way to Castlefreke Estate. By kind permission of Stephen Evans Freke, all participants will run through the Castle grounds, alongside the Castle.

Half-Marathon Route

The 10k race goers will loop around the castle and return to Rosscarbery via the Cliff Walk and Finish on the Warren Road. The Half Marathon route leaves the castle grounds and enters wood trails recently completed by Coillte which include Ladies Walk and Kilkern Lake! The runners then take on the Long Strand, extending just over one mile of beach running and then onto the trail leading to Lord Carbery Cross where they can see out to the Galley Head and look back on the challenging beach run they have just completed.

10k route

The race then goes back via the Castle, through Owenahincha, running the beach, over the Cliff Walk and across the Warren Strand and onto the finish on The Warren Road.

Rosscarbery Surf Turf ‘n’ Tar offers spectacular views and a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the Wild Atlantic Way. Every mile brings a new experience under foot and ever changing vistas!

Race Organisers and Sponsors : The Race is organised by Rosscarbery Business Association in conjunction with Rosscarbery Steam Runners AC. This is a not for profit event and all proceeds will go back into Rosscarbery Community, to enhance amenities and promote the area!

The race organisers would like to thank The Celtic Ross Hotel, What’s on in West Cork and the Freke Family for sponsorship of this event.

Other Race Info : As well as getting to run in one of the most beautiful spots in Ireland and complete the Rosscarbery Challenge, all participants will get a Surf, Turf ‘n’ Tar Finisher Medal, 10K partcipants will get a race Buff, while there is a Surf Turf ‘n’ Tar Technical Top for all Half Marathon participants.

There will be post-race refreshments in the Celtic Ross Hotel, showcasing all local produce from the Rosscarbery Area! Participants will also have use of the Leisure Centre in the Hotel.

Make this a weekend away with special rates available in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Celtic Cottages and the guesthouses and Bed and Breakfasts in and around Rosscarbery. A full list of accommodation along with other information can be found on the website

Stay around and enjoy the fabulous restaurants, traditional pubs and hospitality that Rosscarbery has to offer.

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Race website...

Media enquiries: Fiona Calnan 087 9256029
Run organisers: Geoff Wycherley 087 2220467; Paul Melody 087 7699995

Background to the run: In October 2011, a plaque was unveiled in honour of TJ O’ Mahony aka The Rosscarbery Steam Engine in Rosscarbery town square. TJ O’Mahony was GAA Irish Champion in the quarter-mile (400 metres) in 1885, 1887 and 1888 and Irish Amateur Athletics Association (IAAA) champion in 1886, before grabbing all the positive headlines as part of the GAA’s ‘Gaelic Invasion’ tour of the USA in 1888, when some of the country’s finest hurlers and track and field athletes were dispatched to promote Gaelic sports in America. O’Mahony was unbeaten on the tour and won the American Championship 400 metres title as part of it.

In 2015, Rosscarbery Steam Runners AC was formed, taking its name from the Steam Engine himself! The club is going from strength to strength with approx. 90 members honouring the legacy of TJ O’Mahony and the tradition of running in the town.

Rosscarbery Business Assocaition members recognised all that Rosscarbery has to offer and in partnership with Rosscarbery Steam Runners AC, Rosscarbery Surf Turf ‘n’ Tar offers race goers and
supporters alike, the opportunity to experience Rosscarbery in all its glory.

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