Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Looking ahead to the Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race...Sun 1st Oct 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

Looking ahead to the Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race...Sun 1st Oct 2017

The main race in Cork this weekend is the annual Cork BHAA Cork to Cobh 15 mile road race on Sunday, the 1st of October. Note that the Montenette Hotel will not be in use for this race.

Entries on the day cost €20 and will be taken at Union Chandlery on Alfred St. There are no changing facilities. They will transport gear bags from there to the finish line in Cobh.

The race starts at 9:30am.

In 2017, race HQ is on Alfred St

Course...Starting at St.Patricks Church, you run past the railway station and towards the Dunkettle roundabout....up over the flyover by the tunnel......then taking a left and onto the old road which passes Glounthaune church.Then onwards towards the main roundabout before Carrigtwohill and then take the bridge over the main road and head towards Fota, Belvelly bridge and on into Cobh. The finish is close to the main square in the centre of Cobh. Overall, there are a few small hills but nothing major, just one pull at 12 miles near the old IFI plant and another smaller one before 14 miles.

Overall, it is pretty flat for the first ten miles or so with the hardest sections coming in the last five.

Transport......Please note that you have to make your own way back to Cork City.
Options - You probably have a few options in terms of transport...
1) Two cars...take 2 cars to Cobh, leave one in Cobh and drive up to Cork
2) Train...Note that there are maintenance works on the line so there will be no trains running. There WILL however be a replacement bus service.

The train timetable shows it will leave the train station in Cobh for Cork City at 12:30, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 pm depending on long you want to stay around after the race. This may vary with the replacement bus service. They said to expect delays.

Pace......If you are going for a specific time in the Dublin City Marathon in four weeks time, then it's an ideal chance to test your target marathon pace. Say your target for Dublin is 3h 30m.....then you could run Cork to Cobh at 8 min per mile pace. If you arrive in Cobh and you're comfortable then 3h 30m is a realistic target. If you're exhausted after 15 miles at that pace then you should think about a more realistic target. If you add in a warm up of a few miles beforehand then all the better. It will give you a more accurate appraisal.

Race.....Just remember that the last third is the hardest. Over the years, many people get to the Belvelly Bridge by Fota tired and then struggle over the last 5 miles. Going slightly slower in the early stages will pay off in the later stages in this race. Avoid going off too fast at the start.

Weather........(Updated Sat 30th Sept @12noon).....The forecast is a bit hit and miss. It might be dry but the rain is never too far away. Temp in the low teens. Expect a pretty reasonable south-westerly breeze. This will be behind the runners for most of the race but it may be an issue in exposed areas between the bridge near Fota to the old IFI plant (miles 10 to 12).

Addendum : 
Train Notice
Bus Transfers between Cork/Cobh 29th September to 2nd October
Customers using our services from Cork to Cobh should be aware of alterations to our services between these dates. Due to planned engineering works, bus transfers will be in operation between Cork/Cobh in both directions as follows;
Sunday 1st October - 08.00 hrs to 23.00 hrs.
Mobility Impaired passengers are advised to contact us in advance of travel. Customers are advised that delays of up to 25 minutes may occur.

Iarnr√≥d √Čireann Irish Rail apologises for the inconvenience caused.


Anonymous said...

what time would buses be going to cork from cobh,thanks

Anonymous said...

No trains is a bit of a bummer and has turned me off doing this unfortunately. Buses will likely be jammed

Anonymous said...

Agree with above remark re buses. The train could accommodate up to 200 people in one run, I can't imagine there will be enough buses laid on to accommodate for up to 700 people. As the dragons would say, I'm out.