Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Notice : Churchtown 5 mile road race - Fri 23rd Aug 2019

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Notice : Churchtown 5 mile road race - Fri 23rd Aug 2019

The Churchtown 5 mile road race in North Cork is coming up on Friday the 23rd of August 2019 at 7pm.

Organised by Churchtown Road Runners AC, this race is just 4kms off the N20 Cork-Limerick road so it's pretty easy to get to.

From the organisers.....The Churchtown 5 Mile race takes place once again on Friday 23rd August 2019 at 7pm. Our main sponsor is once again AV Pound. Registration for the event takes place in the Community Hall from 5pm to 6.45pm. 

Entries are once again only €10. 

Parking for the event is at Churchtown GAA Complex, where there are changing and shower facilities also.

The race starts and finishes outside the GAA Complex. The start of the race is a fast downhill section through the village of Churchtown, passing the Market House, Community Hall and Boss Murphy's pub. Just after passing Boss Murphy's, the route takes a 90 degree left turn, passing the statue erected in memory of one of Churchtown's most famous sons, Vincent O Brien. The rest of the first mile from here is flat. Just as you pass the 1 mile mark, you meet the first hill of the route, on Windmill Hill. To your right the old ruins of a windmill still stand. This hill is then following by a slight downhill and from here to the halfway point it is predominantly downhill. At the halfway point there is a water stop. There is then a slight drag up to the 3 mile mark. From the 3 mile mark, you have a fast downhill section before the biggest hill section leading up to mile 4. While this hill is a challenge, you are well rewarded in the last mile section, which is a very fast mile. The start of the last mile is a very fast downhill section, which then levels out before your last short hill brings you to a half mile from the finish line. As you pass Egmont Agri on your right, the course once again turns to a slight down hill, with the last 300m a very fast downhill section. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be supplied in the Community Centre prior to prize giving. 

We have over €1600 in prize money up for grabs with a wide variety of age category prizes also. Once again this year we have an added €100 to the winning prize if the course record is broken. The male record was set by Niall Shanahan of An Bru AC in 2018 with a time of 25:41. The female record was set by Rosemary Ryan of Dooneen AC in 2017 with a time of 30:13.

We continue our male and female team prizes again this year. Last year our winners of the Burton and Egmont Perpetual Shields were Mooreabbey Milers AC (male) and North Cork AC (female) teams. The top 3 male and female finishers from a club count towards team prizes. No mixed teams. Open to all AAI registered clubs.

This year we have teamed up with Homeless Help and Support, Cork as a charity partner. We will be hosting a "recycle centre" for your old runners. If you have an old pair of running shoes at homes still in wearable condition, bring them along on the night and you will be entered into a draw for a new pair of runners and gait analysis to the value of €150, kindly sponsored by Fitness Solutions, Mallow.

Directions.... The village of Churchtown is just 4kms west of the N20 Cork-Limerick road in north Cork.

The road junction on the N20 next to the railway crossing is shown below. It is about 5.6kms north of Buttevant and 8kms south of Charleville.

The race HQ is at the Churchtown Community Centre....

There is parking at the GAA grounds which is just 200m from the community centre. The start and finish points of the race are outside the GAA grounds.

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