Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Race notice...Clashmore 5 mile road race - Fri 25th May 2012

The 11th Annual Old Still bar Clashmore 5 mile road race is coming up on Friday, the 25th of May. This is the fourth race in the Ger Wyley/Nike Sports Summer Series. The race starts at 8 pm in the village of Clashmore in West Waterford. Entries for the race will be taken at the Old Still Bar in the village and the entry fee is 8 euros.

Directions...Located just off the N25 Cork to Waterford road, Clashmore is ideally placed to attract runners from both counties. Just look for the R671 road which is signposted for Clonmel and Clashmore.

Registration, refreshments and prize-giving will be at the Old Still Bar which is right in the centre of the village.

Course...The start point is about 0.7 miles or 1.1 kms from Clashmore. This can be part of your warm-up for the race but allow time for getting there in case you arrive late.

The course can be best described as a long uphill run followed by a long descent. For the first mile, it's reasonably flat as you run back into the village and out the other side. Near the one mile mark, the road forks (see pic below) and this is the start of the loop.

You stay on the R671 road until the roughly the 2.7 mile mark and it's a gradual climb. Then you turn off right and the route gets steeper until you hit the highest part of the course at the crossroads at roughly 3.2 miles.

From that point, the course is a gradual downhill all of the way to the finish line back in Clashmore so it should be a very fast finish.

Course record: Pauline Lambe Tullamore AC 39.45 (2010), Sandis Bralitis West Waterford AC 24 .58 (2007)
 Fork around mile 1

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