Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: July 2019

Tuesday, July 30, 2019


On the first Saturday of every month, there is a free timed 5k in Carrigaline which is open to anyone. John Walshe of Ballycotton took part in the previous one at the start of July and he wrote an article about it which appeared in the Evening Echo on Monday the 29th of July 2019.

(By John Walshe, The Echo, July 29, 2019)

Parkruns are now all the rage, the free 5km events attracting thousands every Saturday morning throughout the country and also on a world-wide scale. 

However, there is a similar, although on a much smaller scale, monthly series of runs that many may not be aware of which have been taking place since last October, organised by Carrigaline Athletic Club.

“Run the Line is a free 5km run which first started in October last as a community initiative from the club to get people interested in running and for those who already have a love of running,” explained Louise Fleming, who co-ordinates the event along with other eager club volunteers – “it's always a team effort,” she emphasises.  

Members of Carrigaline AC who organise the free (first Saturday of the month) Run the Line 5km

“Runners come from the Carrigaline/Crosshaven area and most recently we have had people join us from Cobh and other parts. It's a free 5km timed run/walk/jog on the Carrigaline to Crosshaven walkway and caters for all abilities.

“All are welcome, our volunteers are from the club and the runs take place on the first Saturday of every month at 8.30am, starting in Kilnagleary Carpark where Lulus mobile café operates from.”

The formula, like parkrun, is a similar and very simple one. People just turn for the 8.30am start at the venue which is on the left past Carrigaline GAA club on the Crosshaven road. The 5km run is out and back and each person receives a time with the results posted on the club’s Facebook page within an hour or so.

Wes Forsythe (second) and Jerry Anglim (third) at the July Carrigaline Run the Line

The beautifully surfaced old railway line is an ideal opportunity for runners to compare their time from month to month and given that it’s on an out-and-back route means (although it may not always be the case!) that the wind is behind you at some stage. 

Last month, around 30 took part with times ranging from just over 19 minutes to 48 minutes. This coming Saturday of August 3 sees the next Run the Line taking place and the club is looking forward to seeing an increase in numbers over the coming months. “We are going from strength to strength and are really looking forward to celebrating our first birthday in October,” says Louise.

Carrigaline AC, formerly known as Carrigaline Roadrunners, was formed when Conor Phelan and Peter Maher (a Canadian Olympian and 2:11 marathon runner) put an advertisement in a local paper and held a meeting in the back room of the Stables Bar back in January 2012, with a view to catering for runners of all abilities who could jog a short stretch or run a marathon.

In that same year the Carrigaline Lions Club was starting the Great Railway Run event which was supported by the running club. The first trailing sessions were led on a Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm and the club have stuck with those dates and times ever since.

“We have helped run several Couch to 5k programmes in the past and this year in conjunction with Cork Sports Partnership we are offering a Couch to 5k which commences at the Carrigaline Community Centre at 6pm on Friday August 16,” explained Louise Fleming.

No prior experience is necessary and the €50 fee includes eight weeks training and discounted entry into the Cork Rebel Run. Further details can be had from Craig Harrington of Cork Sports Partnership at: charrington AT corksports DOT ie

The club also holds an annual Christmas fun run for adults and kids which last year saw over 160 runners participating across the range of race options from 10km, to 5km to a fun 2km kids run.

Raphael Cabral (who finished first), Andrew McDonald, Mike Conner, Roy Noonan and Pedro Farinha at the July Carrigaline Run the Line
The adult section has had 212 members since it began in 2012 and averages 20-30 members per annum and it too has been growing steadily. Club members have participated in many races and runs around the county in the intervening years and have even set their sights on some international events as well.

A junior section of the club was established in 2016 and has been very successful with up to 100 junior athletes and a waiting list. “We hope to include a monthly kids run with our Run the Line programme, more information will be posted on our Facebook page in due course and of course new members are always welcome to join us,” concludes Louise Fleming.

* Facebook page details: CarrigalineAC.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Results of the Grange Fermoy 4 mile - Sun 28th July 2019

139 turned out for this 4 mile run in Fermoy.

1    Charlie O’DONOVAN    00:20:16  367    M (1)    MJ (1)    Leevale A.C.
2    John MEADE    00:21:34    403  M (2)    MS (1)    St Finbarrs A.C.
3    Sten TEN KLOOSTER    00:23:10  375    M (3)    MS (2)    Grange Fermoy A.C.
9    Jennifer O'SULLIVAN    00:25:31  366    F (1)    FS (1)  
11    Ann GEARY    00:25:50  330   F (2)    F40 (1)    Midleton A.C.
23    Roisin MCLAUGHLIN   00:27:38  349 F (3)    FJ (1)    Grange Fermoy A.C.

Full results

Only 25 places left for Clonmel Half-Marathon

Please note that there are now only 25 places left for this years Clonmel Half-Marathon.

More info here...


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 27th July 2019

73 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on Cork City's northside, down just one on last week.

1 Connor MC CRORY    18:55    VM35-39    M1
2 Morgan O'REGAN    19:21    VM40-44    M2    Midleton AC
3 Tony CAMBRIDGE    19:47    VM50-54    M3    Eagle A.C.
21 Jayne O BRIC    24:34    VW40-44    F1
22 Susanne FOLEY    24:50    VW40-44    F2    Star of the Laune AC
24 Niamh SHEEHAN    24:59    SW30-34    59.31 %    F3    Togher AC

Full results

1) Joe Murphy has a gallery HERE

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 27th July 2019

Numbers were up for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park with the Cork City Lord Mayor John Sheehan making an appearance as well.

1 Ben GODDARD 16:47  SM30-34 M1 Woking AC
2 Nick HOGAN    17:26 VM35-39 M2
3 Cathal PRENDEVILLE  17:34 VM40-44 M3
10 Carol FINN    19:36  SW30-34    F1
51 Margo DINAN    22:39 VW50-54    F2    St Finbarrs AC
58 Gillian COTTER    22:50  VW45-49    F3    St Finbarrs AC

Full results

1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Results of the Ardfield 10k race - Fri 26th July 2019

It was a nice sunny evening for this years Ardfield 10k near Clonakilty. A total of 115 runners crossed the finish line which is a welcome 20% increase on the 96 of last year.

1. 331 Andrew Sheehan m Leevale AC 34:20
2. 651 Mark Smith m Eagle AC 34:50
3. 245 Paul Deane m Clonakilty Road Runners 00:36:21
22. 841 Karen Bevan w Eagle AC 00:43:22
24. 673 Anna O'Neill w Doheny AC 00:43:47
26. 196 Susan McGrath w 00:44:24 

Full results

Male O35 - Gareth Lordan, Clonakilty Road Runners
Female O35 - Ailise McNulty, St Finbarr's AC
Male O40 - Paul Kingston, Clonakilty Road Runners
Female O40 - Aisling McAuliffe
Male O45 - Patrick McCarthy
Female O45 - Ellen Ahern, Rosscarbery Steam Runners
Male O50 - Domhnall McAuley
Female O50 - Majella Latimer, Clonakilty Road Runners

1) The organisers have some photos up on their Facebook page.
...b) With an album HERE

Top 3 women in the Ardfield 10k with Karen Bevan centre taking 1st place. Anna O'Neill (L) was 2nd with Susan McGrath (R) 3rd

Friday, July 26, 2019

Notice : Ardfield 10k race nr Clonakilty - Fri 26th July 2019

The village of Ardfield is located just to the south of Clonakilty in West Cork and is a lovely part of the county. The roads in general are relatively quiet and there are extensive views out over the West Cork countryside and coastline.

Next Friday the 26th of July 2019, there is a 10 km road race in the village.

The race is suitable for runners and walkers and it will be chip timed.

The village of Ardfield is just 6 kms to the south of Clonakilty...

Registration for the race is at Ardfield GAA hall and it opens at 5:30pm. The 10k costs €15 with proceeds going towards the local playground.

The races start at 7:30pm.

10k......A preview with maps, directions and photos can be seen HERE

From the race organisers...Following on from the success of last year’s event, the Ardfield Rathbarry Playground Group are getting ready for this years Ardfield Road Run on July 26th 2019.  The 10k run is on quiet scenic country roads and all levels of fitness are welcome – as the logo goes ‘Walk It, Run It, Race It’. The course starts and finishes in Ardfield village and takes in spectacular views from Inchydoney to the Galley Head adding greatly to the occasion.

The entry fee is €15 for the 10K.  Post race refreshments will be served in the local GAA complex. Further details can be found on the Ardfield Rathbarry Playground Group Facebook page. A fun and challenging afternoon is guaranteed by the organisers - whatever the weather! 

 Some views from the course...

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Results of the Garryvoe 5k road race - Thurs 25th July 2019

246 runners turned out for this years Garryvoe 5k road race, up a whopping 79% on last year!

1    All Ages    Tim O DONOGHUE (#972)    00:15:22
2    All Ages    Paul MOLONEY (#498)    00:15:40
3    All Ages    Eric CURRAN (#789)    00:16:17
1    All Ages    Carol FINN (#696)    00:18:14
2    All Ages    Fiona SANTRY (#878)    00:18:19
3    All Ages    Ann Marie HOLLAND (#772)    00:19:38

Full results

1) Garryvoe AC have a handful of photos HERE

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Early Nike Running shoes sell for over $400,000 in auction

At a recent auction at Sotherby's in New York, a 1972 pair of Nike running shows sold for $437,500.

These 'Moon Shoes' as they were known were designed by Nike co-founder and track coach Bill Bowerman for runners at the 1972 Olympics trials.

The shoes were bought by a Canadian investor for his own private museum in Toronto.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cork Runner Alan O'Brien wins 2019 Run Killarney Half-Marathon

There was a huge turn out of almost 2,500 runners for this years Run Killarney Half-Marathon & 10k in Co Kerry with the numbers split pretty evenly between the two events.

A very large part of the field was from Co Cork and a number of Cork runners featured in the top 3 in both races.

The Half-Marathon was won by Alan O'Brien (#590) from Carrigaline pictured above in the lead group.

Results & photos..

Members of Watergrasshill AC out in force for this years Run Killarney race

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 20th July 2019

Cork City Lord Mayor John Sheehan taking part in the 5k parkrun in the Glen
A grand total of 75 people took part in this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen, the highest number since the 30th of March.

As the photo shows above, the Lord Mayor of Cork City, John Sheehan ran in this weeks event.

1    Bob TINSLEY    18:32    SM25-29    M1
2    Connor MC CRORY    18:44    VM35-39    M2   
3    Aidan NOONE    19:08    SM20-24    M3
10    Charlotte BISHOP    21:44    SW30-34    F1   
31    Aoife O'NEILL    26:39    SW30-34    F2   
33    Rosarie LAPIERRE    27:06    VW40-44    F3

Full Results

1) Gallery from the organisers HERE

Video : The Power of parkrun

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This video from BBC Northern Ireland looks at the parkrun phenomenon. Note there are two small sections near the start and finish where the sound goes quiet.

Results & photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 20th July 2019

291 runners turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park.

Martin Lynch pictured on the left completed his 100th parkrun!

1 Alan O'SHEA    15:51    VM35-39    M1 Bantry AC
2 David BUTLER    18:34    SM30-34    M2 St Finbarrs AC
3 Tom SHEEHAN    18:40    VM55-59    M3
27 Mary SWEENEY 21:58 VW55-59 F1 St Finbarrs AC
43 Gillian COTTER 22:52 VW45-49 F2 St Finbarrs AC
49 Niamh O'RIORDAN    23:28 SW25-29    F3

Full results

1) Colette Ryan has a gallery HERE

Friday, July 19, 2019

Results of the Crookstown 5k - Thus 18th July 2019

Race Finish Runner Name Time(Minutes. Seconds)
3rd LIAM RYAN (3RD MALE) 17.17

4th JOHN O'MAHONY 17.36
5th JOHN CRONIN 17.52
11th OLLIE MURPHY 19.35
13th PHILLIP HAYES 20.20
14th DAVE O'RIORDAIN 20.49
17th EOIN KEANE (1st BOY UNDER 16) 21.37
19th FINN YORE 21.56
20th HARRY MURPHY 21.59
21st MARK BRYAN 22.22
23rd MAREK IWINSKI 22.30
24th STEPHEN PAYNE 22.33
27th LUKE KNIGHT 22.38
28th SÉAMUS TWOMEY 22.43
30th RORY MCELROY 22.51

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Results of the Cloyne 5k - Thurs 18th July 2019

A large crowd of 318 runners turned out for this years Cloyne 5k race in East Cork, up 13% on last year.

1 Kevin O'LEARY East Cork A.C.     MS     682     15:30
2 Barry DONOVAN Leevale A.C.     MS     766     15:49
3 Evan FITZGERALD Clonmel A.C.     MJ     802     16:17
34 Ann GEARY Midleton A.C.     F40     743     19:01
47 Karen CROWLEY Dundrum A.C.     F35     700     19:41
67 Rebecca MCEVOY St. Finbarrs A.C.     FS     755     20:35

Full results



Winners finishing...

More finishing...

Notice: Garryvoe 5k in East Cork - Thurs 25th July 2019

The Garryvoe 5km road race is coming up in East Cork this year on Thursday the 25th of July 2019. Please note that the start time is 7:30pm.

From the organisers.......Come join us Thursday 25th July 2019 for our ALONG THE BLUE & GREEN 5K Road Race/Walk in aid of the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Registration costs €10 and ALL proceeds will go the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin who do such amazing, inspirational work.

Enjoy this super-scenic route along breathtaking Garryvoe Beach and the verdant Coast Road with prizes and refreshments on the night sponsored by the Garryvoe Hotel – Everyone is welcome from runners to walkers/ strollers and dogs (on a lead!). ALONG THE BLUE & GREEN is officially licensed by Athletics Ireland and will be chip timed. Walkers start 6.30pm; Runners start 7.30pm

Thursday 25th July - Register on the day from 5pm in the Garryvoe Health Club

Course Preview......Details of the 5k course with maps and photos can be seen HERE

Notice : Cloyne 5km road race - Thurs 18th July 2019

The annual Cloyne 5km road race takes place in East Cork on Thursday, the 18th of July 2019 at 8pm.

As races go, this is a reasonably flat and fast course. There are no real hills as such, just a few short sections where the road rises by a few metres at most. Outside of the Centre Park Road course in Cork City, it doesn't get much flatter. If you want to try for a fast 5k time, then this is the one to do.

If you are coming from the Cork city, then Cloyne is just a 22-25 minute drive from the Jack Lynch tunnel. Considering the number of runners within say a 30 minute drive of it, the race is likely to attract a large crowd.

From the organisers...The race will be chip timed, and the route (start/finish) and HQ all remain the same as last year. Registrations on the day of the race will open in the School from 3.00pm for anyone that wishes to enter earlier in the day.

Preview...A full preview of the course with maps, directions, photos and description can be seen HERE

Notice : Crookstown Utd FC 5k run/walk - Thurs 18th July 2019

This 5k in Crookstown is coming up on Thursday the 18th of July 2019 at 7:30pm. Entry fee €10.

This event will be timed and results will be available afterwards. 

Crookstown is a few miles to the west of Ballincollig and is just off the N22 road to Macroom.

Turn off coming from Cork City...

The race HQ is at the local community hall (turn off left at the Cornerstone Bar in Crookstown).

Near the half way point at the eastern end of the loop

Results of the Ballydesmond 1-mile ...Wed 17th July 2019

67 runners turned out for this one-mile race in Ballydesmond in NW Cork. This was the 4th race of 5 in the ongoing series organised by Gneeveuilla AC.

No    Race No    Name    Category    Club    Time
1 342 Eddie O'Connor    SnrM    Listowel    0:04:45
2 248 Darragh O'Leary    U18M    Killarney Valley AC    0:04:47
3 234 Robert Purcell    SnrM    Gneeveguilla AC    0:04:58
14 343 Marie McCarthy    SnrF    Farrenfore Maine Valley AC 05:33
16 235  Saoirse Tomkins    U16F    Gneeveguilla AC 05:37
18 297 Shauna McCarthy    U16F    Farrenfore Maine Valley AC 05:41


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Notice : Ballinacurra 4 mile race - Thurs 25th July 2019


Update 17th July 2019 : Please note that this 4 mile has been postponed until a future date due to ongoing road works in the area.

Ballinacurra GAA Club would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

This 4 mile road race near Midleton is coming up on Thursday the 25th of July 2019...

Monday, July 15, 2019

Results of the Coachford 5 mile race - Thurs 11th July 2019

Roughly 700 runners and walkers turned out for this years Coachford 5 mile race. In terms of runners, 487 crossed the finish line. This is a big jump of 36% on the figure for 2018.

Top 3 men & women...
369    SWEENEY    GAVIN    Male    Runner    TOGHER AC    0:25:05
527    OSHEA    ALAN    Male    Runner    BANTRY A/C    0:25:09
680    SHANAHAN    NIALL    Male    Runner    AN BRU    0:25:10
47    Cooke    Aoife    Female    Runner    YOUGHAL    0:27:52
617    KIELY    MARTINA    Female    Runner    ST FINBARRS    0:31:17
94    O'Donnell    Grainne    Female    Runner        0:31:42

1) Derek Costello has a gallery HERE

Start of the race...

Full results below...(Updated 15th July 2019)

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Results of the Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k road race - Wed 10th July 2019

The results of the Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k race on the Marina in Cork City are now online. They show that 498 runners took part, a huge increase of 55% on last year!

Usually races go up or down 5 to 10% but a jump of 55% is really exceptional, especially for a well established race on the calendar.

1 Anthony Mannix M1 00:15:16 Dell-EMC
2 Alan O'Brien M2 00:15:16 McCarthy Insurance Group
3 John Shine 00:15:18 Temp Reg
11 Joanne O’flynn F1 00:15:59 Red Hat Ltd
41 Carol Finn F2 00:17:58 Finn Physiotherapy
47 Lisa Hegarty F3 00:18:14 Dept of Ed

Full Results

There will be no Clonakilty 10 mile in 2019

The Clonakilty 10 mile was a regular feature on the calendar with the race taking place every August. There will be no event in 2019 however.

The chart above shows the numbers for the last few years. It peaked in 2016 but the numbers have dropped back since then.

The Shannonvale 10k near Clonakilty was cancelled this year as well so the number of races in the West Cork region seems to be on the wane.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Results & Photos of the Glen River 5k parkrun - Sat 13th June 2019

69 people turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in the Glen on the north side of Cork City, the 34th edition of this event. It was also the first outing for Donal O'Donoghue as race director!

1 Jonathan RAWLINSON    18:32    SM25-29    M1 Cambridge and Coleridge AC
2 Richard BOURKE    19:19    VM40-44    M2 St Finbarrs AC
3 Brian LINEHAN    19:49    VM55-59    M3   
23 Kate LEAHY    25:19    VW40-44    F1
27 Pam KENNEDY    26:02    VW40-44    F2
29 Siobhan KEARNEY    26:14    VW45-49    F3 Tralee parkrunners on Tour

Full results


As always, they are looking for more runners and volunteers. Their event website is

Results & Photos of the Ballincollig 5k parkrun - Sat 13th July 2019

363 turned out for this weeks 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park on what was a nice dry morning.

1 Rowan DALY    17:43    SM18-19    M1 St Albans AC
2 Tom SHEEHAN    18:44    VM55-59    M2
4 Fozzy FORRISTAL    18:52    VM40-44    M3 Kerry Crusaders
3 Carol FINN    18:48    SW30-34    F1
7 Rachel SMITH    19:18    SW20-24    F2
25 Sonia O'SULLIVAN    20:58    VW45-49 F3 Glenhuntly AC

Full results

1) Joe Murphy has a small gallery HERE

Friday, July 12, 2019

Results of the Youghal 5k road race - Thurs 11th July 2019

175 runners turned out for this years Youghal AC 5k road race. It looks as if there was a bad crash at Cobh junction so this had a major impact on any runners traveling from Cork City.

10    Kevin O Leary    East Cork AC    MS    15.37
40    Noel Murphy    Waterford AC    MS    15.48
174    Jonathon Murphy    Leevale    MS    16.18
18    Niamh Moore    Leevale    FS    17.53
15    Fiona santry    East Cork AC    FS    17.58
170    Siobhan O Leary    Midleton AC    F45    19.43

Full results below...

Update on the Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland results

The BHAA are sorting out some issues with times before they issue the full results. See their statement below...

We're still trying to sort through the issue we had last night for the Gas Networks Ireland 5k. Please bear with us and we will have results as soon as possible.

We had an issue with duplicate bibs being issued for a certain amount of runners. This affects the results for all runners so we can't post definitive results. We apologise for the delay as we always get results out on the same day.

If you had a bib between 26 and 100 can you PM us here or send an email with your bib and approximate time to register AT corkbhaa DOT com ?

We hope you enjoyed the race in spite of this and we will get back to our expected high standards for the rest of the races in 2019.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Results of the Knocknagree One-Mile race - Wed 10th July 2019

This One-Mile road race organised by Gneeveguilla AC was held in Knocknagree in NW Cork on Wed 10th July 2019.

1 248 Darragh O’Leary U18M Killarney Valley AC 0:04:46
2 326 Tommy O’Brien M40 An Riocht AC 0:04:51
3 329 Cormac Downes SnrM Dooneen AC 0:04:53
12 235 Saoirse Tomkins U16F Gneeveguilla AC 0:05:26
18 328 Katie Buckley U20F Gneeveguilla AC 0:05:49
23 258 Gillian Murphy Snr F Star of the Laune 0:05:57

Full results

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Notice : Coachford 5 mile road race - Thurs 11th July 2019

The annual Coachford Autumn Festival 5 mile road race to the west of Cork City is coming up on Thursday the 11th of July 2019.

This should be particular interest to anyone west of the city as there aren't that many races in this particular area.

The entry fee is €12 online or €15 on the night. They will also be selling a limited number of t-shirts on the night for €10 extra. There is also a medal for all finishers.

From the organisers...*Registration in Coachford GAA Complex from 6pm. €15 Entry on the night , Chip Timing. Race Starting @ 8pm Sharp, Fully Stewarded. (Course measured with Jones Counter by Kevin Cummins)

Thursday the 11th July will again see the village of Coachford hosting top athletes and fun runners  from all over the  Cork and Munster region to take part in this award winning race .Voted best 5 mile road race in  2017 and again in 2018. This event is all part of the Coachford family festival hosted by Broomhill vintage club ,where all funds are directed to charity ,with over  €120,000 raised to date. 

This year we are supporting local man John Kennedy  who fell from a ladder on the 8th Oct 2018 and is now paralyzed from the waist down .This accident has been life altering for both John and his wife Ina and family .Please come out and support a great cause and have a great evening with family and friends  in Coachford.

Plus perpetual shield and a cash price of €100  for the club with the most people attending on the night walking or running

€15 on the day registration OR €12 online. All online registrations entered into a draw for a family pass to Ballyhass, Coachford. We will have some t-shirts on the night for you to purchase on a first come first served basis.

Preview......More info about the course including maps and photos can be seen HERE

Prize info below...

Notice : Youghal 5k road race - Thurs 11th July 2019

This 5km road race is coming up in the town of Youghal in East Cork on Thursday, the 11th of July 2019...

This popular 5k race is organised by Youghal AC, goes through the main streets of the town and is very flat.

With its location near the county boundary, the race is sure to attract runners from both East Cork and West Waterford.

The race is on a flat fast course on the streets of the historic town and passes under the iconic Youghal Clock Tower...

Organised by Youghal AC, this race has an Athletics Ireland licence and has been measured accurately by Jones Counter.

Race Headquarters – Youghal Community centre main street – Registration from 6.30pm. See preview below.

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

Notice: Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k road race - Wed 10th July 2019

The annual Cork BHAA Gas Networks Ireland 5k road race is coming up on Wednesday the 10th of July 2019 at 8pm in Cork City.

The Cork Boat Club which is located in Blackrock village will be the race HQ. The race starts near Pairc Uí Chaoimh and takes in the Centre Park Road, Monghan Road and the Marina. As courses go, there are no hills and it's flat and fast.

The one issue however is parking. It is very limited near the Cork Boat Club but there is plenty at the other end of Marina near Pairc Uí Chaoimh.

Here is some information from the organisers..... The Gas Networks Ireland race takes place at a Marina 5k route this year. Registration is from 6.30pm at Cork Boat Club in Blackrock village with the race starting at 8pm up near Lee Rowing Club. Registration will close at 7.45pm to allow runners get to the start which is approximately 1 mile from Cork Boat Club.

Free travel mugs for the first 500 to register on the night
Parking...The following areas are where you are likely to find parking but these will fill up early so it would be worth getting to registration as early as possible.

a) Car parks on far side of Blackrock Castle. These will fill up with early morning walkers if we have a fine morning
b) Parking near Shandon Boat Club where traditionally a lot of people would have parked for Marina 5k races. If you’ve car-pooled, the driver can drop off others who can register for them at Cork Boat Club and meet them at the start.
c) City side of Blackrock church. Meadow Grove Estate which is between Blackrock Village and Skehard Rd.

As always, the entry fee is €5 for registered runners and €10 for non-registered. I suggest you park your car and jog to the race HQ with the exact entry fee. From there, go to the start line.

A free travel mug will also be given out to the first 500 runners to register...