Thursday, August 9, 2012

Race notice...Curraghchase 10k race - 19th Aug 2012

The Curraghchase 10k Run/Walk in Limerick is being organised by the Kilcornan Community Development Committee with the cooperation of Coillte and in association with Pieta House as a fundraiser for a local Astro Turf Sports Facility. A percentage of all registration fees taken for the event will be donated to Pieta House in aid of the prevention of suicide.

The event has been officially certified by Athletic Association of Ireland and has been measured by an authorised person to ensure it complies with AAI requirements.

There will be cash prizes of €200 to the winners of the men and womens categories and €100 for 2nd place.  A selection of trophies will be presented for further category winners.

Run Registration Details:
Online registration available through
Or contact ; Barry Lynch 0872895021  and Ger Mann 0872850984.
Register before the 9th of August and receive a free race pack including race jersey. (full registration fee only)
Registration Fee:     € 20  // Under 18’s         €10  //  Under 12’s are free

You can pre-enter online HERE

Registration for the Run/Walk available on Saturday evening from 7pm to 9pm in the Community Hall or if you are already registered you can collect your race pack

Alternatively you can register on the day between 9.30 and 11.30 at Kilcornan Community Centre

The first 500 registered will get a Polyester Dry fit top. There will also be cotton t-shirts available.

Event Timetable
9.30 to 11.30 : Registration in Community Hall
12.00 : Runners will start their race followed by the Walkers
There will be a Bar-be-que with refreshments and entertainment at the Community Hall afterwards with a Prize ceremony

Physiotherapy services will be provided for all participants by Brendan Kirrane of Achilles Physiotherapy of Kildimo, Sinead Dundon and Mike Neville. Showers and changing facilities will also be provided

The Route...The Run/Walk commences on the 19th of August at 12 noon with runners and walkers setting off from Kilcornan Community Centre.  Heading downhill on the N69 they will take a right turn at the entrance to Curraghchase where the route to the carpark is tree-lined and very picturesque.  Coming down the hill to the carpark, participants will first see the man-made lake and to the right, the imposing Curraghchase House.  Moving up the steep hill to the house they will pass the Gerard McDonnell memorial tree planted in memory of local Kilcornan man Gerard who was the first Irishman to climb the summit of K2.
Runners and walkers will pass beside Curraghchase House which was built on the ruins of a castle.   Curraghchase House was home to the DeVeres from the mid 1600’s to Dec 1941 when the house was destroyed by a fire.  The poet Aubrey De Vere was born here in 1814 and died in 1902.
The participants will pass by an avenue that is Yew lined and was known as the ‘Sunset Walk’.  The runners will pass by the Pet Cemetery and further on ‘Little Heaven’ where the poet Aubrey De Vere meditated.  Many species of tree abound here;  Native Oak, Californian Redwood, Monkey Puzzles and Douglas Fir to name but a few.

On leaving the Arboretum the runners will then enter a heavily wooded area finally coming to a ruined wall and gateway which led into the Deer Park.  Onward the runners will pass through the Caravan Park and again through a heavily wooded path and finally reaching a roadway.  Turning right runners are now heading for McDonaghs Corner.  Take a right turn here and we are on what was once the main road to Limerick which would carry you on to Stonehall Village and onto the Ferry Bridge.

At McDonaghs Corner, a forge shop and even a ‘Shebeen’ once existed but are gone many years.  Moving along this road we see Holly Park House and estate on the left.  The road dips sharply and is closely surrounded by trees on each side. The Participants will reach a crossroads, turn left here, passing over a tunnel which lies under the main road, and eventually return to the finish line near the Community Centre.

Please note that the Community Centre is located next to the GAA pitches behind Kilcornan Primary School. See the entrance above.

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