Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Notice: Tracton 4-mile road race - Fri 14th July 2023

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Notice: Tracton 4-mile road race - Fri 14th July 2023

Tracton AC are holding their Tracton 4-mile road race on Friday the 14th of July 2023 at 8pm.

You can pre-enter online HERE

Update 11th July: Online entry closes 11am Fri 14th... See FAQ and general info at the end of the post.

Info from Tracton AC... "This July will see the return of Tracton AC's 4-mile road race in beautiful Minane Bridge (near Carrigaline, and 20km south of Cork city). Join us on Friday 14 July at 8pm for a mid-summer’s evening race, along scenic country roads and skirting the stunning south Cork coastline. Delicious home-made refreshments and prize giving will follow at Tracton Art and Community Centre. For those seeking further activity, the option of a post-race dip is only a stone’s throw away at Robert’s Cove or Rocky Bay.

 The race is a chip timed, professionally measured course, with permit from Athletics Ireland (licence no: 23/100). All age 16+ are eligible to run. There will be cash prizes for all main categories, as well as course records, very kindly sponsored by Pet Essentials in Carrigaline.

 Entry fee is €15 online at: Tracton AC 4 mile road race - Buy Tickets ("

As can be seen from the map above, the race takes place just to the south of Minane Bridge which in turn is just over 7kms to the south of Carrigaline. It's very easy to get to... just go through the centre of Carrigaline and keep going straight. Follow the signposts for Minane Bridge and Robert's Cove.

Over the years, I've done a lot of training runs on the roads near here and it's a nice quiet spot for a run with the occasional sea view.

The map of the course is shown above which is loop to the south of Minane Bridge. The 4-mile course is undulating on quiet country roads with the start and finish points near this crossroads.

The race HQ is at the Tracton Arts & Community Centre which is about 200m to the south of Minane Bridge.

Race HQ

There is a 1km walk from the Community Centre up to the crossroads and the start / finish line.

A video about the 2022 race can be seen below...

Trivia... Just after the 2-mile mark, there is a lovely view of the East Cork coastline and if you look carefully, you can spot Ballycotton Island with the lighthouse in the distance.

Overall... A nice 4-mile race on quiet country roads near the south coast and a 35 minute drive from Cork City.




Event Registration at:

(Registrations will be capped at 400 entrants)

Prize List
​Male and Female:
1st place - €100
2nd place - €75
3rd place - €50
Breaking course record (Male / Female): €50

 Category prizes
1st/€25 & 2nd/€15 age categories in:
M/F (40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+)
1st Wheelchair M/F

General Race Information & FAQs:

1. Does this race have an AI permit? The Tracton AC 4 mile road race is an AI accredited road race with permit from Athletics Ireland (licence no: 23/100). It is a professionally measured course.

2. Where are race headquarters (HQ) & race start / finish? Race HQ is the Tracton Arts & Community Centre, Minane Bridge. Race start and finish is located approximately 500m/15min walk from the Tracton Arts & Community Centre.

3. Is it possible to enter on the day? Under new AAI guidelines, all AAI approved races require all participants to be pre-registered using the relevant race specific Eventmaster link. On-line entry is available up to and including race day until 11am, July 14th.

Enter online before July 7 if you are requesting postage of your race number.

4. Are walkers permitted in the race? No walkers are permitted.

5. Are there parking facilities available? Parking for race participants will be at Tracton Arts & Community Centre, and there will be stewards controlling parking on the day. Overflow / back-up parking will be available. Disabled parking will be available – participants are asked to give the race organisers prior notice of this as a specific area will be designated for you. The event organisers do not accept any liability for loss or damage to property or person.

6. Where and when is number collection? For those not receiving their race numbers by post, numbers can be collected at race HQ (Tracton Arts & Community Centre) between 6pm & 7.30pm on Friday 14 July.

7. What must I do with the chip? The chip will be attached to your race number. Do not bend or try to fold your number as this could damage the chip and you will not receive a time. Numbers must be worn on the front of your vest/shirt. NOT on the shorts. This is so that the chip can be read accurately.

8. What time does the race start? 8pm sharp - last registration 7.30pm, reminder, 15 mins walk to the start line!

9. Can I get a refund or transfer my number? Refunds or number transfers are not permitted.

10. Are IPods / MP3’s / Headphones permitted? I Pods, MP3’s, Headphones, etc are not permitted for safety on the route.

11. Are there toilets at the start line? Toilets are available in Tracton Arts & Community Centre. In addition, there will be Portaloos at the race start / finish line.

12. Are there changing facilities available? Unfortunately there will not be any changing facilities available. 

13. Will there be a baggage area? There will be an un-supervised baggage area at race HQ (Tracton Arts & Community Centre) - please do not bring valuables.

14. Where can I warm up? There is approx. 500 mts of road (uphill) from parking/Race H.Q. to start as well as flat road along the start area for the warm-up.

15. Will there be first aid facilities at the race? Yes there will be an ambulance and first aid present for the duration of the event.

16. Will there be post-race refreshments? Yes - there will be water at the finish-line and indoor refreshments available at race HQ (Tracton Arts & Community Centre).

17. When and where will the prize giving take place? Prize giving will take place at race HQ (Tracton Arts & Community Centre) soon after the finish.

18. What is the course time limit? The course time limit is 1 hour.

Caution: This Race will take place on OPEN ROADS and participants are advised to remain aware of this throughout the race and to follow the instructions of our course stewards and the Gardai who will assisting us on the day. 

​ Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you on RACE DAY.

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