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Come and join us on February 20th 2011 for one of the best road races in the spring season.
Note: [15 Oct 07] Due to traffic disruptions in the vicinity of the start on the Carrigaline by-pass, for the 2007 race, the start was moved to Water Park estate. The course map and the course profile have not yet been updated, consequently the course details below are slightly out but, nevertheless, remain representative.
The effect of the changes, in terms of altitude profile, resulted in a reduction in the number of hills (-2). As the event was changed to a once off 8k, for the Eagle 25 anniversary celebrations, the 5M course will be re-measured around Christmas 2007 and revised course details will be posted.
Regular runners of this event will be used to the challenging course that Eagle AC have selected for our annual sponsored road race event. For newcomers, or those with a short memory, you can find here a detailed road map of the course, together with an elevation profile of the course, which even on a computer screen can seem to cause pain in your quads as you consider the challenging inclines.
Even though the maximum elevation of the course is only 125 ft, the chosen roads guarantee that runners enjoy a challenging incline at least once per mile. Add to that, the fact that the finish is almost 50 ft higher than the start of the race, ensures that a personal best on this course is truly deserving of that title. And don't be fooled by the big downhill stretches either.
Our route, specially chosen for you!
The road surface is generally good throughout, making for fast running. The course starts near Bridgemount, in the Water Park estate, approx. 400m from the Currabinny Road. The start is slightly downhill for the first 400m or so.
The course is slightly downhill for about 600 but rises slightly just after the left turn onto the Currabinny Road. It then drops down, past the Protestant church, except for one slight rise, until approx. 1.5 miles, where the lowest elevation is reached. From here, there is another slight rise, a drag, for approx. half mile before the route drops down to Coolmore Cross, just before the two mile mark.
The route goes left at Coolmore Cross and rises approx. 110 ft over the next 1.25 miles. This is the hardest part of the race. The 2 mile mark is approx. 200m after the turn. The route takes in the dog-leg at the Grotto and drops down to the roundabout at Shanbally village. Left at the roundabout, onto the main Cork-Ringaskiddy road, rising up to the 3 mile mark which is right outside the County Council Yard.
The next half mile is downhill over good road surface. The route then heads left at Raffeen and heads back towards Carrigaline, going uphill for about 400m. The last 1.4 Miles are all downhill, except for a rise of approx. 10m at the engineering works, just after the 4 Mile mark.
With just over half a mile to go, the route turns right into Waterpark. From here on the course is all downhill, except for a very slight uphill at the finish. This section is however over concrete road. The 400m to go mark is just before the shop (on right) and approx. 250m before the final, left, turn. The final 800m or so is level or downhill.
The finish area is approx. 400m from the changing facilities at the Community Centre.
Thanks to John Quigley for providing the elevation profile and the route map and description.