Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Notice: Charity 21km Run & Walk from Haulbowline to Páirc Uí Chaoimh - Sun 18th June 2023

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Notice: Charity 21km Run & Walk from Haulbowline to Páirc Uí Chaoimh - Sun 18th June 2023

The organisers of the Challenge 21 charity 21k have been in touch to say that they are holding a 21km run / walk in aid of the Down Syndrome Centre Cork on the 18th of June 2023. Last year was the inaugural event when about 300 runners and walkers took part.

They write..."The route goes from Haulbowline to Pairc Ui Chaoimh and will be on this Sunday June 18th 2023. Rob Heffernan will be leading us out and we will be having an after party in the Black Market on Monahan Road.

We are asking participants to raise 21€ from 21 people, this is just a target of course and we would be delighted with any amount raised.

Registration is now open. Anyone that registers before April 30th will be entered into a draw for a weekend away in a 4 star hotel."

The entry fee is €21. Link here:


First off, this is a charity run and not a race. It's an event where participants run or walk the 21kms from Haulbowline to Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork City which is pretty much the same as doing a half-marathon.

Registration is at 9am and the event starts at 10am.

The route is shown above. 

a) The section from Haulbowline to Shanbally is all on a good footpath.
b) Shanbally to Raffeen is on road but it's reasonably quiet.
c) Raffeen to Murph's Pub. This is the worst section. Normally this is a dangerous section and it's not really suitable for walkers or runners. However, the traffic should be a lot slower with the event stewards and the number of people on the road.
d) Murph's Pub to Passage West is all on footpath.
e) Passage West to Blackrock Castle is on a scenic Greenway.
f) Blackrock Castle to Páirc Uí Chaoimh is on a footpath.

As this is a linear run/walk going from point A to point B, you'll probably have to arrange your own travel arrangements.


Anonymous said...

The map goes up the railway line but the description is right onto the greenway and over to the castle. Can this be clarified? Also, is it 21K or 21.1K? Thank you

Anonymous said...

Any water provided on course?

Anonymous said...

The 2023 course route follows the railway line from Rochestown up to Páirc ui Caoimh. The description is from last years route which followed the coast-line around Mahon to Blackrock castle.

It was 21.0km in the map emailed to participants, but an extra 100m is being added somewhere to bring it up to 21.1

Anonymous said...

The course has 5 water stations, plus there will be water at the end. The locations are drawn on a Google map which should have been emailed to the entrants