Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Approval given for running track in Carrigaline

Monday, September 16, 2019

Approval given for running track in Carrigaline

At a Cork County Council meeting on Monday (15th of September 2019), a Green light was given to construct a running track near the Community Centre in Carrigaline.

The location is shown in the map above and as can be seen, it should be roughly 430 metres in length.

The plan is for the path to be 1.2 metres in width and it will have a special surface that is softer than tarmac or concrete but will be tough and resistant to wear and tear.

The project is expected to be put out to tender soon.

The initial plan does not include public lighting but it is hoped to add this at a later stage.

Possible junior parkrun??? ... Once the new track is up and running, it does raise the question of whether a weekly 2km junior parkrun would be viable in Carraline? These are for 4 to 14 year olds and are held on Sundays at 9:30am in various locations around the country.

There are currently two successful 2km junior parkruns in Cobh and Ballincollig. Cobh has a population of 12,800 while Ballincollig has 18,600. Carrigaline has a population of 15,800 so it should be a viable from a numbers viewpoint.

The existing junior parkrun in Cobh uses four loops to make up the required 2km distance.

For Carrigaline, four and half loops of the new track could be used or other existing paths could be used to make the loop bigger.

This is a 510 metre loop....

And this is a 660m loop which would cut the number of laps down to three.

As the event would be held at 9:30am on a Sunday morning, the park should be pretty quiet at that time.

Like the adult version, the whole ethos of junior parkrun is participation rather than competing. The aim is for 4 to 14 year olds to get some weekly exercise outdoors.

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