Thursday, July 12, 2012

Race notice...Ballymacarbry 5 mile road race - Fri 27th July 2012

The 9th race of 10 in the Ger Wyley Sports Summer Series continues on Friday, the 27th of July 2012 with the Ballymacarbry 5 mile road race. Located on the R672 road between Dungarvan and Clonmel, the race which starts at 7:30pm should attract a good crowd.

From the organisers West Waterford AC......
17th Annual Doocey’s Bar Ballymacarbry 5
The Ballymac event is held over a very exciting road and wood mix course. This is always a top class event held in a scenic part of the county. The prize categories include men's, ladies and juniors. Race entries will be taken at the Ballymacarbry Community hall and the entry fee is 8 euros and the presentation of prizes will take place at Doocey’s Bar.  Course Record:  Pauline Lambe Waterford AC 29.48 (2010), William Harty West Waterford AC 25.00 (1996)

Directions........from Dungarvan, take the R672 Clonmel road. From East Cork, branch off N25 at Kinsalebeg, take the R671 road through Clashmore.
From Clonmel, take the R671 south.

Entries taken at the local community hall which is easily the largest building in the village. It's about 250m from the Hall to Dooceys Bar where refreshments are available after the race before the presentation of prizes.

The start line is a few hundred metres out the side road, facing away from Dooceys Bar. You run east along the Nire Valley towards the Comeragh Mountains on a relatively flat road, roughly parallel to the River Nier. About a mile out, you pass a small bridge on the left. At about 2.5 miles, you turn left and go over a small bridge, and through a private garden, and head back west on a forest track in the Knockalisheen Woods. There is a bit of a climb here and then a drop down to the that bridge you passed earlier. Cross the bridge, and rejoin the original road, and run west to the finish line.

The forest track is only a quarter of the race, but it is the hardest part of the course. There may be a view at the high point, but you'll be too busy looking down at where your next foot step will be ;o)

Start and Finish are not quite the same point. Start is a bit east of the finish, but both are on same road.

 Ballymacarbry Community Centre....Entries, changing and showers here

Dooceys Bar on the sharp bend coming into Ballymacarbry...prize giving here

The start and finish of the race is up the small road at the bend in the road

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